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Martin Vogt's body of work spans vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike – yet always retains a human and nature element.

WESTERN MONGOLIA

Ethnic Kazakhs number around 100,000 and are the largest minority in Mongolia. They are mostly settled around the nation's desolate far west, around the Altai mountain range, which stretches from China through Mongolia and Kazakhstan to Russian Siberia.

It is a vast and unforgiving place to call home, where the winter temperature plummets to a bitter -40 degrees Celsius.

After spending some weeks with a nomadic Kazakh family in Summer 2016 I returned in March 2017 and followed them together with their livestock as they made their 150km Spring migration across the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park Region of the Altai Mountains in  Western Mongolia. 

The family that I migrated with traveled the 150 km over the course of 5 days, covering about 30 kilometres a day with 1000s of animals; goats, sheep, cows, horses and camels.