Ashayer: Photographic Epic about Normads in Persian

There are always individuals who both love photographing and traveling. French photographer Kares Le Roy is one of those them and published a stunning book entitled Ashayer: Nomads in Persian.

Ashayer is a photographic epic about the nomads who inhabit the landscape of ancient Persia and Central Asia. Inspired by a first trip to the Asian continent which re-sulted in the book 56,000 Kilometers - man and a continent, Kares Le Roy went back East again and immersed himself into the tribal world during a 16-months journey driving a van. The photographer shared the daily life and seasonal migration of different ethnic groups who live on in these regions. With Ashayer - nomads in Persian - Kares Le Roy delivers the fruit of an expedition from France to Afghanistan via Iran. One vibrant testimony of a culture that tends to disappear in the far corners of the world.

Kares Le Roy has spent the last eight years traveling and photo-graphing in Persia and Central Asia. He now spends more time in these little-known regions of the world - which became his favorite pictorial field - more than in his native country.

At the age of 36, he has already accomplished important projects such as two books, one short film and a documentary. Collaborations with Doctors without Borders, l'Équipe Magazine and National Geographic have brought him a certain recognition, yet it is the power of the portrait of a grandmother - the radiant icon of the cover of his first book - that resonates most strongly.

For this project he has traveled 16 months in a cargo van with a visceral commitment and unwavering will for this timeless testimony, to let it live beyond the circuits of his memory cards. This obstinacy gave birth to a book Ashayer: Nomads in Persian - in which Kares narrates his immersion in the tribal world.

Between Iran and Afghanistan, the photographer - nomadic in his own way - indeed enmeshed himself with different surviving ethnic groups of these regions. Kares Le Roy utterly dived in their lifestyle. His book is an artifact of cultures that tend to vanish in our globalized world of the 21 century.

Asia may be a mysterious place some people who live far away including western people. It is glad when Kares Le Roy told Global Photography that he works a lot with China. Enjoy Kares Le Roys' fabulous photo works!

(All pictures courtesy of Kares Le Roy)




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