Category: uzbekistan


May Day in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (1978)

Jewish children studying with their Rabbi, Samarkand, Uzbekistan; 1911

via reddit

[I’m writing this disclaimer/footnote because I know that someone is going to question the validity of such a colorful photo being captured in 1911]

This glorious color photograph was produced by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky – a Russian chemist and photographer – who at the turn of the 20th century, set out to travel the Russian Empire, with the intention of educating the schoolchildren of Russia with his “optical color projections” of the vast and diverse history and culture of their empire. He was best known for his revolutionary work in color photography during this expedition.

Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig has traveled the vast expanse of the former Soviet Union, documenting a phenomenon – the strange and wonderful architecture of Soviet Union bus stops. 

A beautiful (and big) turquoise glazed tile was stolen in 2014 from the Chasma-i Ayub monument near Bukhara, Uzbekistan. The tile has decorative calligraphy which reads “In the year five and six hundred”  – corresponding to 1208 – 09 CE. The piece is also quite large, about 21 inches, or half a meter, tall. You can see the gaping hole its theft left behind.

The tile surfaced in a London art gallery in 2017; when a scholar alerted the gallery to the tile’s likely origin, the gallery owner honorably contacted the British Museum. The turquoise tile has now been formally returned to the Uzbekistan embassy.