Jean Gaumy’s initial project sought to photograph a Kyrgyz community living in the very high mountains of Tajikistan. However when he arrived in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, he found the border was closed due to the recent assassination of a Tajik politician. After a waiting period at the border, it became clear that he had to find a replacement plan. Playing with chance and luck, our protagonist decided to travel to Kyrgyzstan, a place seemingly captured in time, trusting in the people he would meet. Following gut instincts is just part of the photographer’s job, as usual…
Our next stop along the series BACK TO KYRGYZSTAN: A Photographic Journey With Jean Gaumy follows our protagonist on the road in search of landscapes. Landscape pictures using long Leica R telephoto lenses is a unique feature of the new Leica M camera

Map of Kyrgyzstan

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