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Martyn Aim | Borderlanders

KYRGYZSTAN – October 2013. A Kyrgyz trader makes his way to the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border.

An ongoing project tracing the borderlines of the young nations of ex-Soviet Central Asia in order to explore the political and economic changes that local people must navigate to survive, set within a formidable landscape of mountain, desert and steppe.

KYRGYZSTAN – October 2013. Kyrgyz border village.
KYRGYZSTAN – October 2013. Sheep herders take a break during the working day.
KYRGYZSTAN – October 2013. A caravan house on the steppe. A family cemetery can be seen to the left.
KYRGYZSTAN – October 2013. A cemetery displays a mix of traditional culture and Islam
KYRGYZSTAN – October 2013. A Kyrgyz woman walks across a truck stop on a high mountain pass.
TAJIKISTAN – November 2013. A nearly completed nuclear power station displays its Tajik national colors.
TAJIKISTAN – November 2013. Traders and customers go about their business in a town market.
TAJIKISTAN – November 2013. A man stands in the shadow of a Soviet-era constructed cement factory.
KYRGYZSTAN – November 2013. A Kyrgyz man sleeps on a riverside on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Martyn AimMartyn Aim (www.martynaim.com) is a documentary photographer with a background in research. He has an MA Visual Anthropology and an M.Phil in Social Anthropology. His images were purchased for permanent display in the British Museum. Martyn has worked on news and feature stories in the Middle East, Caucasus, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. His work has recently been exhibited in France at the Arles Photography Festival, in New York at the 25PCW Gallery. Martyn is based in Istanbul, Turkey.

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