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Kitshiq Aq Jyrga


I was riding a horse, trying not to get my teeth knocked out. Whip in mouth, a Kyrgyz man steers his horse in a game of buzkashi, a competition akin to polo—except a headless goat carcass takes the place of the ball. Buzkashi is the Afghan national sport. The Kyrgyz call it ulak tartysh, or “kid grabbing.”

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During my fifth expedition to Afghanistan’s Pamir mountains, on assignment photographing the isolated nomadic Kyrgyz community, for a National Geographic magazine feature story titled “Stranded on the Roof of the World” (February 2013). Shot in summer 2012.

Print Details

Format: Archival print, printed with pigment ink on acid free Hahnemühle paper.

Open Edition

Signed and titled on the back.

Image Size: 50 cm x 40 cm

Print is sold unmounted


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This print will be printed to order in Lisbon and will usually ship within 2 weeks of receipt of payment.

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