Nomads Land

The Kazakhstan Project

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Nomads Land
The Kazakhstan Project

By Dieter Seitz, photographs by Dieter Seitz, text(s) by Markus Kaiser

German, English

2017. 160 pp., 103 ills.

hardcover

30.00 x 23.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-4363-1

Kazakh Nomads between East and West, the Soviet Era and the present day

In his photographs, Dieter Seitz narrates a journey that begins in the original nomad’s land and ends in the cities of Kazakhstan, the homeland of today’s urban nomads. Seitz is interested in the lives of people involved in the cultural interplay between East and West; between the Soviet Era and the new Kazakhstan; between revitalized folklore and the modern, consumer world. Impressions of still-visible devastation from the crisis years after 1991 can be found next to sensitive portraits; the many facets of this country full of various peoples of more than one hundred ethnicities are palpable in this volume. With a subjective eye, Seitz’s photographs measure continuity, decay, and the comeback of a post-Soviet society, impressively tracing the cultural topography of one of the largest transformational societies in the heart of Eurasia. An essay by Markus Kaiser outlines the socio-cultural backgrounds of the development in Kazakhstan, right at the geopolitical intersection between Europe and Asia.

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