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Uzbekistan Photographs

Lying along the fabled 'Silk Road' which connected China and Europe for thousands of years, Uzbekistan today is a remarkable and welcoming place. I recently spent a couple of weeks enjoying the ancient cities of
Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, as well as the modern capital at Tashkent.

The name Timur the Great, (Tamburlaine), struck terror in the minds of many, 600 years ago when he conquered much of Asia from India to Turkey. But the ruthless, Moslem leader was also a patron of the arts, building some of the finest mosques and madrassas ever seen. These stand to this day, thanks to careful restoration during the early 20th century when Uzbekistan was incorporated into the Soviet Union.

The country has been independent since 1991 when it broke away from the USSR. While proud to be independent, the country struggles economically, no longer artifically protected by the Soviet Union. Unemployment and poverty led to demonstrations in May 2005, which were brutally supressed by President Karimov, an ally of Bush and Blair in the 'war against terror.'

Against this backdrop, I made an independent journey through Uzbekistan's ancient cities ending up at the Arral Sea, the world's most famous environmental disaster. Almost dried up by decades of irrigating cotton fields upstream, it is a sober reminder of Man's power to wreak havoc on the planet. Fishing trawlers in the 'port' of Moynak lie on a 'seabed' of desert, passed nonchalantly by camels.

- Sean Sprague, Photographer
Category: Labor
#uz0573, Apprentice wood carvers at work making a door frame. Bukhara, Uzbekistan.
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uz0573 - Apprentice wood carvers at work making a door frame. Bukhara, Uzbekistan.




Category: Landscape
#uz0582, Children carrying a basket of food, Khiva, Uzbekistan.

uz0582 - Children carrying a basket of food, Khiva, Uzbekistan.




Category: Markets
#uz055, Women selling lemons and tomatoes. The Chorsu bazaar, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

uz055 - Women selling lemons and tomatoes. The Chorsu bazaar, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.




Click here for all photos of Uzbekistan
Aging in Uzbekistan
Architecture in Uzbekistan
Children - General in Uzbekistan
Children - Labor in Uzbekistan
Cities in Uzbekistan
Economy in Uzbekistan
Environment in Uzbekistan
Faces in Uzbekistan
Family in Uzbekistan
Labor in Uzbekistan
Landscape in Uzbekistan
Leisure in Uzbekistan
Markets in Uzbekistan
Tourism in Uzbekistan
Women - General in Uzbekistan



Category: Architecture
#uz058, The Registan, Samarkand. Viewed through a stone grill towards the Tillya-Kari Madrassah, Uzbekistan.

uz058 - The Registan, Samarkand. Viewed through a stone grill towards the Tillya-Kari Madrassah, Uzbekistan.




Category: Children
#uz0538, Boys of Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan.

uz0538 - Boys of Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan.




Category: Faces
#uz0536, Man of Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan.

uz0536 - Man of Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan.





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