Photographer's Note

This is in the heart of an Uighur backyard in Kashgar, in the alley of the intriguing old quarter, section of central Asian oasis, the only small portion left of the old medieval town considered by Uighurs as their spiritual home and cultural capital in East Tukestan, China and historically it has played an important role in trade for 2000 years.

'Nan' bread is the staple food of the Uighurs, made the same way bread is baked in other central Asian countries. An antique looking hundred-year-old bakery shop that still survives, a sight where traditional craftsmen still work their wares – noisily and sweatily –with ball-peen hammers and grindstones. When you walk around the mud-brick thatched buildings and timber houses-neighborhoods you really get a feeling like you're still in the 14th century. It's like living time-travel, a place where time stands still....

Whether they’re bakers or noodle makers, blacksmiths, tailors or painters, for many the old ways are about to end... And this is not some slow erosion but an upheaval in front of their faces. The commie government has declared that most of the old city will have to be knocked down. It’s already levelled parts of the town as big as football fields, other areas have been cleared the size of large city office blocks.

My desire has been to preserve through photographs the spirit of their culture and traditional life in the face of an uncertain future. I am hopeful that more people will come to appreciate and empathize with the humanity and dignity of the suppressed Uighurs...

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