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 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.

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.

June 26, 2013
A young Uyghur man pulls a sanlunche (三轮车) into the courtyard of a home in Kashgar. 

A young Uyghur man pulls a sanlunche (三轮车) into the courtyard of a home in Kashgar. 

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/

May 19, 2013
A young Uyghur man poses for the camera after afternoon chai in Kashgar.

A young Uyghur man poses for the camera after afternoon chai in Kashgar.

May 4, 2013
Three generations of Uyghur women, and a girl, are preparing the daily meal of Kawa Manta in a traditional city home in East Turkestan. Kawa Manta is a large steamed dumpling made with pumpkin.

Three generations of Uyghur women, and a girl, are preparing the daily meal of Kawa Manta in a traditional city home in East Turkestan. Kawa Manta is a large steamed dumpling made with pumpkin.

March 26, 2013
Young Uyghur men install counterfeited software and exchange bootleg movies after a day of working in the orchards. September 2012, East Turkestan
Many would be surprised how aware of technology and pop culture the people of East Turkestan (the far Western reaches of China) are. Many covet the latest iPhone and can talk about Hollywood blockbusters of the last decade. Also, quite aware of local fashion trends; where the men dress more hip and Western than the Han Chinese majority.
Because of limited news resources, many use websites like the BBC to follow modern news and politics. The Uyghurs in cities that have followed through with high school education are free thinkers, inquisitive, and very well aware of what’s happening in their own country and elsewhere. Even in the countryside, there is intelligence and a curiosity. They know what is going on politically and religiously…perhaps no computers or iPhones, but there are rumors of underground newspapers circulating and secret meetings among men.

Young Uyghur men install counterfeited software and exchange bootleg movies after a day of working in the orchards. September 2012, East Turkestan

Many would be surprised how aware of technology and pop culture the people of East Turkestan (the far Western reaches of China) are. Many covet the latest iPhone and can talk about Hollywood blockbusters of the last decade. Also, quite aware of local fashion trends; where the men dress more hip and Western than the Han Chinese majority.

Because of limited news resources, many use websites like the BBC to follow modern news and politics. The Uyghurs in cities that have followed through with high school education are free thinkers, inquisitive, and very well aware of what’s happening in their own country and elsewhere. Even in the countryside, there is intelligence and a curiosity. They know what is going on politically and religiously…perhaps no computers or iPhones, but there are rumors of underground newspapers circulating and secret meetings among men.

March 23, 2013
Men get shaved at a Tuesday Bazaar near Kashgar, East Turkestan 2012

Men get shaved at a Tuesday Bazaar near Kashgar, East Turkestan 2012

February 13, 2013
A Uyghur couple rides an electric scooter through Old Town, Kashgar. This part of Kashgar is being demolished and rebuilt like many “ancient” towns in China. It will soon be “jiade” like the Great Wall and so many other “new” old and ancient places. I was there last March and again in August and couldn’t believe what had happened in such a short period of time. 
Kashgar, October 2012
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A Uyghur couple rides an electric scooter through Old Town, Kashgar. This part of Kashgar is being demolished and rebuilt like many “ancient” towns in China. It will soon be “jiade” like the Great Wall and so many other “new” old and ancient places. I was there last March and again in August and couldn’t believe what had happened in such a short period of time. 

Kashgar, October 2012

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