In 2007, Andrew Rowat travelled overland from China to the former Soviet Republics: from Kyrgyzstan into Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan. His approach to documenting the so-called “Stans” looks at how people in the region live today, amongst the remnants of a faded empire. Rowat’s photos never show us the inhabitants of this world. Instead, using a large format film camera, he looks for details that help tell a story about life in contemporary Central Asia. Infused with the light of the Eurasian steppe’s big sky, these photographs chronicle styles of adornment and decor within mostly makeshift living circumstances.
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