(vimeo.com) Melanie McWhorter shares with us Promising Waters by Mila Teshaieva published by photolucida and Kehrer Verlag. Purchase the book from photo-eye Bookstore here: photoeye.com/bookstore
Photographs by Mila Teshaieva.
120 pp., 52 color illustrations, 9½x8½".
»Everything is great on the Caspian Sea: the expectations for future oil
and gas revenues, ambitious development projects, promises and hopes.
Everything is uncertain on the Caspian Sea: the fate of the environment
and the direction of its people; even the status of these promising
waters is as yet undefined…« Christoph Moeskes
For over four years, photographer Mila Teshaieva has documented the
transformation of the three former Soviet republics on the shores of the
Caspian Sea: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. The battle for
control of the region’s vast oil and gas reserves and the search for a
national identity have led to far-reaching changes for the population,
the environment and general social values. Teshaieva’s images reveal an
atmosphere of insecurity, where people pin their hopes and expectations
on a transformation whose direction remains uncertain. The photos leave
the viewer with unanswered questions as to the relationship between the
state and private identity, the ties between past, present and future,
and how to pinpoint the boundary between a region’s rise or fall.
Mila Teshaieva (b. 1974 in Ukraine) lives today in Berlin. Her work has
been recognized with numerous awards – including the Prix de la
Photographie Paris, the Humanistic Prize of Phodar Biennal, the NPPA
Best of Photojournalism and the PDN Photo Annual 2013 – and has been
exhibited at galleries and festivals across Europe. Teshaieva is the
winner of Photolucida’s Critical Mass Book Award 2012, which made the
publication of this photo book possible.
View the video presentation by Melanie McWhorter on photo-eye Blog.
In-Print Photobook Video #37: Promising Waters by Mila Teshaieva from photo-eye on Vimeo.
Book Review: Promising Waters [gupmagazine.com]