"Two Rivers" by Carolyn Drake
Over the course of four years, photographer Carolyn Drake documented the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers from their endpoints to the source, creating a captivating and emotional body of work called Two Rivers. This region of focus for the photographer stretches from the western edge of China across Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, spanning a distance of 2,500km. “It is a photographic record of a place where political allegiances, ethnic bonds, national borders, and physical geography are in constant flux; a vast ecosystem where nature, money, and history are intertwined,” Drake says when writing about this particular project. Drake has been the recipient of many awards including the prestigious Guggenheim fellowship, a Fullbright fellowship and the Lange Taylor Prize. Currently residing in Athens, Georgia and Drake's most recent series Wild Pigeon has been printed in a beautiful book that you can pick up here.