Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN: Lost Territories - photo project in Central Asia. By SPUTNIK PHOTOS (

( 5 photographers, 5 exciting stories from post soviet countries in Central Asia.

Lost Territories - crowdfunding campaign from SPUTNIK PHOTOS on Vimeo.

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Who are we?

Sputnik Photos is an international collective founded in 2006 by documentary photographers from Central and Eastern Europe. We are united by a desire to observe and describe what surrounds us, as well as by our common experience of living in post-transformation countries.

Our achievements to date include important international awards, such as World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International. Together we have organized several exhibitions around the world and published 8 photobooks. Our projects have been featured at photography festivals, in galleries and magazines worldwide. 

About our project.

We would like to invite you to support our artistic project in post-soviet countries of Central Asia. Twenty-five years after the fall of the USSR five Sputnik Photos photographers are setting out on a journey to five former soviet republics: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

For a number of years, we have been documenting changes taking place in post-communist countries, particularly in the former republics of the Soviet Union, always referring to our own individual experience of the transformation period. Recently, we have focused on Belarus, Ukraine, Moldavia, Armenia and Georgia. In the face of an increasing political tension in the region, photography documenting everyday life, and the changes and myths of the countries still falling under Russian influence, becomes even more relevant. 

Rafal Milach - from the series “Black sea of concrete.”
At the current stage, we are planning further trips to the former Soviet empire, focusing on Central Asia, and we hope you will support our efforts.

We are interested in what is happening in the countries that used to be part of the Soviet Union, and still remain under Russian influence, because their history is also our history and it concerns us directly. We are immersing ourselves in this complex and multi-faceted world. We are uncovering the nations’ nostalgia for the empire, their drive to democracy, traces of former propaganda, poverty, but also the emergence of the new and hope for a better future. We are aware that our project will give neither a diagnosis nor simple and straightforward answers to the questions relevant for the region. Yet, we want to make discoveries and show them to others. We believe that 25 years after the change is a perfect time to sum up the efforts our nations have made to date.

Your help can make it happen! 

Agnieszka Rayss - from the series "I reminesce and cry for life."
The funds raised will enable each of us to go on a single trip to one of the countries we focus on:

Kazakhstan: Agnieszka Rayss

Uzbekistan: Michał Łuczak

Turkmenistan: Rafał Milach

Tajikistan: Adam Pańczuk

Kyrgyzstan: Jan Brykczyński 

Adam Panczuk - from the sersies "I_AM_IN_VOGUE@BELARUS.BY".
The amount will cover return flights, films, their developing and scanning, accommodation and guides. In other words, a minimum that allows 5 people to make 5 independent trips and create 5 extraordinary stories. 

Jan Brykczynski - from the series "Primary forest".
The project will be rounded off in 2016 by a mobile exhibition and a photobook for audiences across the globe. It will show all the 15 countries that used to be part of the USSR. 

Michal Luczak - from the series "Spitak".

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