I’m delighted to announce that my book Minarets and Onion Domes: The Tatars and Russians of Kazan is now available for sale! Inside you’ll find 76 pages with 53 full-color images printed and bound on premium luster paper.
I first came to Kazan in the summer of 2011 to begin photographing life in the city heralded for religious tolerance amongst its half Muslim, half Orthodox Christian population. In the beginning, I went searching for fleeting moments when representatives of different faiths came together to physically create this “tolerant city.” I realized, however, there is no magic moment and that the truth of the situation is much more subtle and profound. Regardless of governments and religious institutions, it is the people who everyday choose cooperation over conflict. One needs to look no further than Russia’s own boundaries to understand the significance of this endeavor, but the majority of people in Kazan don’t give too much thought to their unique situation. When asked, the response is almost always the same- it’s just the way it’s always been.
Minarets and Onion Domes offers not only an alternative view of Muslims and Christians, but also an alternative view of life in modern-day Russia.
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