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Vanishing Asia

Asia is changing rapidly. For 40 years I have been capturing the scenes of Asia that are disappearing. In some of the images which I took many years ago, what I captured is now gone. More recent images show pockets of Asia where some traditions remain. All these photos will be in the oversized book Vanishing Asia. — Kevin Kelly

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The Storyteller. Travelling from town to town, this itinerant storyteller gathers a crowd in India to hear his stories, laugh, and maybe buy some of his ointments and herbs. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #India #storyteller https://instagr.am/p/CG7oe7vrre2/

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Wedding musicians in traditional red play a mouth organ, cymbals, and a reed horn. Their music welcomes the entrance of bride and groom in the town of Pingyao, China. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #China #Pingyao #wedding https://instagr.am/p/CG2e0W9AsOe/

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Pilgrims returning from the source of the Ganges in the Indian Himalayas. Not dressed for the ice and snow of high altitudes, the pilgrims hurry back down in their saris. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Ganges #source #pilgrims https://instagr.am/p/CGxVE1hFkSG/

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Open, please. An old gate in the city of Hanoi, Vietnam. Once closed at night, it is now open all the time, and just wide enough for the ubiquitous motorcycle. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Vietnam #Hanoi #gate https://instagr.am/p/CGuwTI6ghes/

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Monks from the countryside visit the only surviving shrine in the spiritual capital of Mongolia, the abandoned city of Karakorum. The home of Ogedei, the successor to Ghenghis Khan, it once boasted 62 temples. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia https://instagr.am/p/CGpm-HUg4mK/

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Pots and clay ovens are crafted by hand in Afghanistan. The circular tandori-style ovens are fired with wood inserted from the bottom hole, and then bread dough is inserted from the top hole and stuck to the inside walls to bake. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia https://instagr.am/p/CGnCIIKryyf/

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The ancient city of Varanasi along the Ganges River in India is one of the oldest inhabited cities on the planet. For millennia, pilgrims have come for the temples, inns, ashrams, crematoriums, and bathing steps built along the river. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia https://instagr.am/p/CGkdXg3ASn_/

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The hat bazaar in Peshawar, Pakistan, specializes in flat, rolled-rim Nuristani hats. These distinctive hats also resemble a fresh loaf of nan bread, like those carried by a delivery boy on his way to a stall. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia https://instagr.am/p/CGh4fUflf4r/

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The main portal to one of the great mosques in Registan Square in Samarkand, in what today is Uzbekistan. For a thousand years this was a key and welcomed destination on the Silk Road. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia https://instagr.am/p/CGSbqEBAT0e/

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Camels are often raised like cattle for meat and milk. This camel herder in Saudi Arabia rides all day on a camel overseeing his camel flocks, which manage to survive on scarce vegetation. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia https://instagr.am/p/CGNR-F2g512/

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The young women of a village in Gujarat, India, meander in a wedding procession, as the groom is paraded before the community. As a sign of honor, his elders hold a banner over the groom as he leads the procession. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia https://instagr.am/p/CGI_y9focy0/

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