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The Uzbek, one of the most ancient peoples of Central Asia as I have mentioned earlier in my posting, is more diversed than one can imagine. Modern Uzbeks hail not only from the Turkic-Mongol who first claimed the name, but also from other Turkic and Persian peoples living inside the country's borders.

The former Commie Soviets, in an effort to divide and rule the Turkic people into more easily governable subdivisions, labeled them as Turks, Tajiks, Sarts, Karakalpak, Khojas and others as Uzbek, thus doubling the size of the ethnicity. This country fuses so many different influences though the official language Uzbek is a Turkic language (related to Turkish) everyone also speaks Russian.

In general I found the street people hospitable, cheerful and the friendly faces can be found almost everywhere and shooting them needs a bit of common sense; scouting around, pick & choose and patience is always the key.

Another shot of ordinary street people at Siob Dekh Khan Market in bustling Samarkand, a young market vendor and child.

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