128 pages, 10 2/5 x 8 4/25
92 duotones
Release Date:01 Nov 2014

Cities of the Dead

The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan

University of Washington Press
A Kyrgyz cemetery seen from a distance is astonishing. The ornate domes and minarets, tightly clustered behind stone walls, are at odds with this desolate mountain region. Elaborate Kyrgyz tombs combine earlier nomadic customs with Muslim architectural forms. Yet everything within the walls is overgrown with weeds because the living do not frequent the graves of the dead. Cities of the Dead collects the photographs Margaret Morton took on several visits to the area and is an important contribution to the architectural and cultural record of this region.
RELATED TOPICS: European History, Photography
Margaret Morton is a professor of art at The Cooper Union. She is the author of four previous photography books exploring alternative built environments including Fragile Dwelling: Homeless Communities of New York City (2000) and Transitory Gardens, Uprooted Lives (with Diana Balmori) (1993).
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