Wakhan Corridor is located in north-eastern Afghanistan, and it is like no other region in this country. People who live here, almost completely isolated from the rest of the world. High in the Pamir Mountains the tribe Pamir Kirghiz lives for centuries, and in the valleys at the foot of the mountains the tribe of vahantsy lives. These people live away from war of West. Afghanistan is stunning. The Pamir Kirghiz and vahantsy are hardiest people. While in almost complete isolation from the outside world, they could create their own unique culture.
Most journalists, when doing stories about Afghanistan, primarily talking about the civil war, extreme poverty and drug production. Photographer Benjamin Rasmussen has devoted his life photo essay Pamir Kirghiz and vahantsev to show that in Afghanistan, whole nations live in harmony with nature.
He spent his childhood with an indigenous people group on an island in the southern Philippines, his university years with evangelicals in a small town in northern Arkansas, and a year with the descendants of Vikings in the Faroe Islands, a nation of 45,000 residents in the middle of the North Atlantic.
His work has been selected for the American Photography 26 Annual, shown at the Annenberg Space for Photography, and he has been chosen as one of Photolucida’s 2010 Critical Mass Top 50. His clients include the New York Times and The Chronic"
1. Kyrgyz shepherd going to check his herd. His goats and sheep are outside the village of Gaz Khan. Kirghiz , who live at high altitudes in the Pamirs, leave their homes only during the spring and summer months.
2. A shepherd with his flock in the Pamir Mountains. Main meal of goat herders and sheep milk.
3. A spokeswoman for the people of Wakhan. This woman and her family lived in the village of Gaz Khan.
4. Vahantsy go to the foot of the mountains Big Pamir. Through the Wakhan corridor, they return to their village in the Afghan province of Badakhshan. In Wakhan Corridor are the highest Pamir Mountains.
5. Kyrgyz trader with their yaks. As soon as the snow, and open roads, the cattle traders begin their journey through the Pamir.
6. Children of the village of Gaz Khan decided to rest a bit from the games. Today, in most local villages accessible schooling. These children - the first generation, is attached to this education.
7. Finally, after the winter had the first grass, and a horse in a hurry eat fresh greens. In winter there was snow so deep that the message between the villages stops completely.
8. While wife is milking, a shepherd holding a calf. That spring and summer, the shepherds live together with their flocks in the pastures, eating only milk and bread.