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#09 Carolyn Drake

Two Rivers

The first version is long out of stock but still, the fine photobook is an insiders’ tip. We suspect that the status will change rapidly this summer. After all, Carolyn Drake’s impressive river story has everything it takes to be a classic.

Amu-Darya and Syr-Darya are the two largest rivers in Central Asia. They have their source at China’s western border and flows into the Aral Sea. However, the Aral Sea dries out because on one hand the inevitable climatic changes and on the other hand there is too much water being rerouted to cotton fields.

Over five years the photographer travelled along the course of the river and created impressive photographs of a region which she describes as following: “political allegiances, ethnic bonds, national borders, and even physical geography are in such flux as to seem, at times, like fictions.“ Following the two rivers, Carolyn Drake traces a vast ecosystem of stories, nature, money, and history.