Greetings from Uzbekistan

Posted on Jul 7, 2016

Uzbekistan is Central Asia’s most populous country, a “one-party democracy” and one of the only two double landlocked countries in the world.

It is also home to the Aral Sea, technically a lake, that is rapidly disappearing due to a vast work of canalisation that started during Soviet times when the USSR decided to push the production of cotton in the region.

I have been traveling around the country with an initial plan to document the Aral Sea environmental disaster. I soon realised I was interested in a more overarching take on water, power and deceptive appearances.

The project is taking shape and it will be called Water in the Desert.

 

Water in the Desert - Marco Barbieri - Photography

 

I am currently going through the painful process of scanning all the medium format negatives. I will share the project in the documentary section of my website.

In the meantime I am posting some teasers and outtakes on my Instagram account.