April 10, 2014
Uyghur Mother and Daughter, Xinjiang 2012
After publishing a book of Tibet, I received countless requests for a collection of Uyghur photos.
After a year of returning from the region and trying to budget a return photo trip, I’v compiled 140 photographs in an eBook. If you’ve been following my feed and work for awhile, you know all profits I make go to continue these projects.
Again, thank all you, specifically the Uyghurs from all around the world that have helped, advised, and supported my endeavor and work.
The book is dedicated to all Uyghurs, specifically Eliyar and Akbar Tursun and their entire family.
Link to purchase the eBook: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/468873-uyghur

Uyghur Mother and Daughter, Xinjiang 2012

After publishing a book of Tibet, I received countless requests for a collection of Uyghur photos.

After a year of returning from the region and trying to budget a return photo trip, I’v compiled 140 photographs in an eBook. If you’ve been following my feed and work for awhile, you know all profits I make go to continue these projects.

Again, thank all you, specifically the Uyghurs from all around the world that have helped, advised, and supported my endeavor and work.

The book is dedicated to all Uyghurs, specifically Eliyar and Akbar Tursun and their entire family.

Link to purchase the eBook: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/468873-uyghur

March 25, 2014
A prostitute in Hebei province, China. Curious of the female foreign guest, which is probably the first to ever stay here, she spends time asking questions of simple curiosity.
Recently, China’s security ministry has ordered a crack down on prostitution throughout the mainland. Prostitution can be found from the biggest cities to some of the smallest towns and villages in the far western reaches of China. Officially, prostitution is illegal but up until last month, government officials usually turned their eyes from the matter.
There are seven tiers of prostitution. The first tier are “second wives” which is a very socially and culturally accepted form of “prostitution”. Then downwards from “packaged wife”, “three halls”, “doorbell girls”, “hairdressing salon sister”, “street girl”, to “down the work shack”. This woman would fit more into the “doorbell girl”, forth tier.
From personal experience, there are much less prostitutes in religious areas, such as Tibetans and Uyghurs, but you will find Han women on occasion in these regions.

A prostitute in Hebei province, China. Curious of the female foreign guest, which is probably the first to ever stay here, she spends time asking questions of simple curiosity.

Recently, China’s security ministry has ordered a crack down on prostitution throughout the mainland. Prostitution can be found from the biggest cities to some of the smallest towns and villages in the far western reaches of China. Officially, prostitution is illegal but up until last month, government officials usually turned their eyes from the matter.

There are seven tiers of prostitution. The first tier are “second wives” which is a very socially and culturally accepted form of “prostitution”. Then downwards from “packaged wife”, “three halls”, “doorbell girls”, “hairdressing salon sister”, “street girl”, to “down the work shack”. This woman would fit more into the “doorbell girl”, forth tier.

From personal experience, there are much less prostitutes in religious areas, such as Tibetans and Uyghurs, but you will find Han women on occasion in these regions.

March 23, 2014
A Uyghur father cracks open apricot shells for the interior seed in his traditional mud packed home in Kashgar. Apricots are one of the most common fruits you will find in Xinjiang and all along the ancient trade route through Central Asia, The Silk Road.

A Uyghur father cracks open apricot shells for the interior seed in his traditional mud packed home in Kashgar. Apricots are one of the most common fruits you will find in Xinjiang and all along the ancient trade route through Central Asia, The Silk Road.

March 7, 2014
A father, and uncle, is always someone special in every young girl’s life. The 12 year old daughter snuggles into her father’s lap still wearing her pajamas from the previous evening while his niece wraps her arms tightly around his neck. No one wants to be left out of the love that’s shared within the household. It’s never an odd sight to see family members giving each other physical affection in Uyghur culture. Often you will spot fathers holding onto their young adult sons. 
It’s morning inside a traditional Uyghur home near Korla, Xinjiang. After chai and breakfast the family generally sits around discussing life, family issues, and what things need to be taken care of during the day.

A father, and uncle, is always someone special in every young girl’s life. The 12 year old daughter snuggles into her father’s lap still wearing her pajamas from the previous evening while his niece wraps her arms tightly around his neck. No one wants to be left out of the love that’s shared within the household. It’s never an odd sight to see family members giving each other physical affection in Uyghur culture. Often you will spot fathers holding onto their young adult sons. 

It’s morning inside a traditional Uyghur home near Korla, Xinjiang. After chai and breakfast the family generally sits around discussing life, family issues, and what things need to be taken care of during the day.

March 6, 2014
Girls will be girls, everywhere in the world.
Teen Uyghur girls take a break after an afternoon of chai and dancing. Songs ranged from American pop stars like Ke$ha to traditional Uyghur and some tunes from Central Asia.
Through thousands of miles of travel and the dozens and dozens of dance parties I’ve been involved in…I’m beginning to believe that dance could bring the entire world together in peace. The laughter and love that comes through dance overcomes culture, religion, and language.
Until the next dance party…rock on.

Girls will be girls, everywhere in the world.

Teen Uyghur girls take a break after an afternoon of chai and dancing. Songs ranged from American pop stars like Ke$ha to traditional Uyghur and some tunes from Central Asia.

Through thousands of miles of travel and the dozens and dozens of dance parties I’ve been involved in…I’m beginning to believe that dance could bring the entire world together in peace. The laughter and love that comes through dance overcomes culture, religion, and language.

Until the next dance party…rock on.

March 5, 2014
A Uyghur husband and wife work together, storing away the Fall’s harvest of fruit for the winter. The fruit, which is usually apples and pears, will be used by the family and given as gifts until the Spring.
It is quite common for Uyghur couples and families of Xinjiang to work together in the fields, with a high respect for the mother. Not only does the older women work in the fields but also will tend to the family matters late into the evening.
The countryside of Korla, Xinjiang October 2012

A Uyghur husband and wife work together, storing away the Fall’s harvest of fruit for the winter. The fruit, which is usually apples and pears, will be used by the family and given as gifts until the Spring.

It is quite common for Uyghur couples and families of Xinjiang to work together in the fields, with a high respect for the mother. Not only does the older women work in the fields but also will tend to the family matters late into the evening.

The countryside of Korla, Xinjiang October 2012

March 4, 2014
Uyghur girls play in the countryside near Kashgar, Xinjiang.

Uyghur girls play in the countryside near Kashgar, Xinjiang.

December 4, 2013
Where the borders of Sichuan, Tibet, and Qinghai meet…after cycling up to 5020m. July 2011

Where the borders of Sichuan, Tibet, and Qinghai meet…after cycling up to 5020m. July 2011

October 23, 2013
Homeless brothers in Yunnan, 2011

Homeless brothers in Yunnan, 2011

September 26, 2013
The sacrifice of a sheep for Eid al-Adha  عيد الأضحى‎ October 2012, Aksu Xinjiang
Feast of the Sacrifice is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to honor the willingness of the prophet ʾIbrāhīm (Abraham) to sacrifice his young first-born son Ismā’īl (Ishmael) as an act of submission to God’s command and his son’s acceptance to being sacrificed, before God intervened to provide Abraham with a Lamb to sacrifice instead. In the lunar Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah and lasts for four days. In the international Gregorian calendar, the dates vary from year to year, drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.

The sacrifice of a sheep for Eid al-Adha  عيد الأضحى‎ October 2012, Aksu Xinjiang

Feast of the Sacrifice is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to honor the willingness of the prophet ʾIbrāhīm (Abraham) to sacrifice his young first-born son Ismā’īl (Ishmael) as an act of submission to God’s command and his son’s acceptance to being sacrificed, before God intervened to provide Abraham with a Lamb to sacrifice instead. In the lunar Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah and lasts for four days. In the international Gregorian calendar, the dates vary from year to year, drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.

September 26, 2013
Mother and son pick apples in the family’s orchard, September 2012

Early fall is fruit harvesting season in Xinjiang. Many families have their own orchards and fields that they grow a variety of fruit. The fruit is stored in a small building and eaten through out the fall and winter.
Fruit picking is much more difficult than you would imagine; as I dropped at least 1 in every 4 apples and pears I picked.

Mother and son pick apples in the family’s orchard, September 2012

Early fall is fruit harvesting season in Xinjiang. Many families have their own orchards and fields that they grow a variety of fruit. The fruit is stored in a small building and eaten through out the fall and winter.

Fruit picking is much more difficult than you would imagine; as I dropped at least 1 in every 4 apples and pears I picked.

September 12, 2013

Life on the Tibetan Plateau (by Ellen Moseman)

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August 20, 2013
The eldest sister helps dress the younger before heading to town for supplies. Tibetans generally have 2 sets of clothing and you can see the eldest wearing her work clothes while the younger wears ornate and clean clothing when leaving home. It took approximately an hour for this young lady to clean and dress before heading out with a few of the family members. This family consisted of 10 members and lived in this room together.
U-Tsang Tibet, September 2011
This image is in a book that has been published. Contact eleanor.moseman@gmail.com for more info.

The eldest sister helps dress the younger before heading to town for supplies. Tibetans generally have 2 sets of clothing and you can see the eldest wearing her work clothes while the younger wears ornate and clean clothing when leaving home. It took approximately an hour for this young lady to clean and dress before heading out with a few of the family members. This family consisted of 10 members and lived in this room together.

U-Tsang Tibet, September 2011

This image is in a book that has been published. Contact eleanor.moseman@gmail.com for more info.

July 1, 2013
Tibetan girl wears a traditional dress (coat) and poses before attending a dance. Tibet Autonomous Region, 2011

Tibetan girl wears a traditional dress (coat) and poses before attending a dance. Tibet Autonomous Region, 2011

May 26, 2013
http://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/05/portraits-of-uighurs-chinas-embattled-muslim-minority/276172/

http://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/05/portraits-of-uighurs-chinas-embattled-muslim-minority/276172/

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