photos from

the Uyghur Autonomous Region


These selected compositions depict different topographical and urban landscapes in the northwest desert region of China, most commonly referred to as Xinjiang. Having visited the region a handful of times before, this visit left a different impression on me. It was my first trip back since the Chinese goverment’s “reeducation campaign,” whereby a “crackdown” on “displays of extremism” changed the tone, expression, and acceptance of the region’s historically diverse coexistence of ethnic groups and tribes. These photographs were taken in Bole, a border town next to Kazahkstan; Turpan, a desert oasis city known for the origins of Uyghur identity; and Urumqi, the region’s capital and largest trading hub. 

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