Alexis Pazoumian Sacha

– In search of a freedom that he conceives as total independance, Sacha raises his herd of a thousand reindeer in the middle of the Tundra.

This work is the result of a project carried out between 2017­-2019 in Yakutia, a region located in eastern Siberia. The story follows my journey from Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world, through the gulag road to Sacha, a reindeer herder in search of freedom and independence living alone in the middle of the Tundra.

Climate change is not felt directly by those who recklessly sought to subdue nature, but by those who tried to live in harmony with it. The increase in temperature (4°C over the past 40 years) has had dramatic consequences on the lives of indigenous people and their animals. Sacha’s days are difficult, rough, wild, lonely. Surrounded by reindeer, Sacha sometimes forgets that he lives cut off from the world. The vast frozen expanses of Yakutia, in northern Siberia, is one of the areas considered to be the coldest on the planet. In such conditions, life is a battle that must be fought at all times against the elements. Sacha is attached to this primitive and austere way of life, but will it adapt to climate change for long?

– NB: ‘Sacha’, the second book of French photographer Alexis Pazoumian is published by André Frère edition. The book has just been released and is available here

Monthly Photo Contest

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THEME: Travel Deadline: 31 August 2020

When traveling, the only way to discover the rhythm of life of a place is to experience it.

Each place we visit has its own particular look, ambiance, and atmosphere. Understanding its people, customs and traditions is vital and there’s always something unique to capture.

This summer we want to see images that communicate the life of a place in all its splendor and trigger our memories. Whatever the subject may be: street, portrait, landscape, documentary... We want to share your journey, visually and intellectually - Let’s travel together!


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