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The Pearl Of Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan Captured By Elliott Verdier

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Paris-based photographer Elliott Verdier spent four months traversing the landlocked, mountainous landscape of Kyrgyzstan: a country nestled between western China, Kazakhstan, and the Tien Shan mountain range.

Referred to colloquially as the Pearl of Central Asia, the country — though naturally spectacular, and historically intriguing — exists on the periphery of global consciousness. Verdier sought to document the contemporary climate of Kyrgyzstan through his series, ‘A Shaded Path’. In his own words, he explains the project: “I spent four months in Kyrgyzstan, portraying this country…with a large format camera, through faces and landscapes. This work highlights the generational disparities between those nostalgic for an abolished USSR order and modern westernized youths born after the fall.” While traveling, Verdier witnessed this divide and photographed both sides. Subsequently, ‘A Shaded Path’ feels reflective of both transition and stasis: “Relics of a past era mingle with the faces of a population frozen in transition.”

“This work highlights the generational disparities between those nostalgic for an abolished USSR order, and modern westernized youths born after the fall.”
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All images © Elliott Verdier