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The last nomads of Inner Mongolia

Posted by rod - 21.07.2011

The last Nomads of Inner Mongolia

The last nomads of Inner Mongolia

The last nomads of Inner Mongolia

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Self-taught anthropologist-photographer A Yin is documenting his home province of Inner Mongolia to capture the last of the nomads there. He had a very interesting interview over at the NY Times blog. Here is a little sniped about the above images.

“From 1998, I started to photograph the last Mongolian nomads. I could tell that the culture was fast disappearing. I chose a place — the Uzhumuchin grassland — where there were glimpses of that culture and moved there. I lived in a town where there were just gers [tents, also known as yurts]. There were no paved roads. The climate was harsh. I’ve been living there for the past 12 years. I opened a small photo studio. I’m in that town half of the year; the other half, I live with nomads. I’ve become friends and become so close to them. That’s how I get such intimate pictures.

I have some 200,000 rolls of film of their lives now. I have to keep on documenting.”

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