For over four years, award-winning Ukranian 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.
This series was the winner of the Photolucida's Critical Mass Book Award 2012.
About the Author
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 internationally. Teshaieva is the winner of Photolucida's Critical Mass Book Award 2012, which made the publication of this photo book possible. Christoph Moeskes is a jounalist, writer and photographer, based in Berlin. Maya Iskenderova is a historian and publicist, based out of Azerbaijan.