Faces of Central Asia

Boy Wearing Traditional Outfit, Turkmenistan, 2019

This year has been a busy year for me as far as traveling goes.  I’ve made one photo trip to Mexico, two photo trips to Utah, plus another one to Las Vegas to visit family, too.  Nonetheless, my biggest trip of the year – just about equaling in length the times of all the other trips put together – was my three and a half-week trip to Istanbul and central Asia in late May and June.
The trip to Istanbul was a residual of the trip to central Asia.  My layover in Istanbul at the beginning of the trip would have been around eight or nine hours, so the woman I spoke with at the tour company when I booked the central Asia trip recommended that I spend a few days in Istanbul.  As I had never been there before and had wanted to do so, spending a few days there seemed to be a good idea – and so it was.

Two Women, Istaravshan, Tajikistan, 2019

Still, the main focus of the journey was to finally see some of the former Soviet republics that had made up the legendary Silk Road of days past, when caravans of merchants traveling between Europe and China would meet in the middle to trade their goods.
Such places are marked by the great architecture of the region, from magnificent madrassas, minarets and mausoleums of the past to beautiful modern design, but it has been people – like the great conqueror Tamerlane and his grandson, the great astronomer Ulugbeg – who have left the greatest mark.
So, in keeping with that, my first post of photos from central Asia will be portraits of people, with one photo from each country that I visited there:  Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

Master Knife Maker, Bukhara, Uzbekistan, 2019

Don’t worry, however.  I also have lots of architecture photos, too, so stay tuned for those, more portraits and other things in the future.

About Dave Rudin

Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.
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