BACK TO KYRGYZSTAN #2: A Photographic Journey With Jean Gaumy

Jean Gaumy’s initial project sought to photograph a Kyrgyz community living in the very high mountains of Tajikistan. However when he arrived in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, he found the border was closed due to the recent assassination of a Tajik politician. After a waiting period at the border, it became clear that he had to find a replacement plan. Playing with chance and luck, our protagonist decided to travel to Kyrgyzstan, a place seemingly captured in time, trusting in the people he would meet. Following gut instincts is just part of the photographer’s job, as usual…

What he photographed in Kyrgyzstan composes of episode 2 of this improvised quest, a stop along the series BACK TO KYRGYZSTAN: A Photographic Journey With Jean Gaumy, that we present to you today.

Map of Kyrgyzstan

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  • What an inspiring location. Obviously it would be wonderful to learn more about what gear he was using, but that aside, I’m amazed by the magnificent journey.

  • Incredible photographs by one of the true masters of the art and craft working today. Bravo to all involved with bringing Jean’s work to light. We need more like this from Leica!

  • Each photo has the Exif info intact, so you can easily see what gear he was using. Get an Exif viewer plugin for your web browser, or bring the photos into Photoshop or another photo viewer/editor and look up the Exif info.

  • Much though I’d happily switch my workaday Canon for modern Leica tomorrow(my local dealer will have gone home by now, oh, I’ve school fees to cover too…) I really don’t care what kit M. Gaumy used or didn’t use, his images stand whatever it was.

    We all know Leica make the best lenses and bodies. My beloved old IIIg still gets an occasional airing and works perfectly, if slowly. I doubt an M and three modern lenses would result in me making “better” images.

    Ultimately what matters is the mind behind the camera. It’s our mind which responds to our sensory impressions of the world around us; we then use the camera as one tool to explain those personal responses to our fellow humans. Personally I’d love to see a book about this trip with M. Gaumy’s reflections on his responses to the world he encountered on the journey.

  • I like them a lot. Not speaking for anyone else but these are the first images that show me what I wanted to see and would have expected and hoped for from the new M 240, which I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of at my front door. The color and the tonality is not harsh or overly dramatic as was the case with the CCD sensor. These are images that don’t call attention to themselves but to the photography and the subjects and settings and thus they look perfect for everything from New York Times photo essays to high-end weddings. And great job ‘redeeming’ himself, to Mr. Gaumy. As if he really needed to.

  • I could not register my product online. Made my purchase on Feb 5. Need to get access to the software in order to manage the photos ive taken so far. Please help.

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    Sorry, I can’t see the photos. Only the video.

  • I`m holder of an M9 and quite happy with this machine despite some bugs under humid weather condition. The colors here are quite disappointing to me. I cannot follow Steve Huff´s review. This looks like made with a Olympus camera.

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