Black Apple is the culmination of seven months of photographing in the Ferghana Valley of Kyrgyzstan between October 2007–May 2008. During that time Thatcher lived in a village called Osh, and made many photographs in coal mining towns: Tash Kymer and Kok Jangak ... one town roughly has the definition of being called Black Apple.
Kyrgyzstan was once a part of the Soviet Union and has been struggling in the wake of its collapse. Thatcher's photographs show a bleak landscape of crumbling infrastructure and hardships, but also a hint of hope and redemption in the form of the relationships and bonds that hold the people of the region together. It is a stunning and moving body of work that we are very proud to publish.
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Publisher: Obscura Press
Size: 11 x 9¼"
64 pages, 33 illustrations
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