Taking Land: Crimea 2010, By Alban Kakulya

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Alban Kakulya travelled around the Crimea looking at how the region is trying to forge its own identity in the modern world.

The book begins with some wonderful images of the country – for instance, a waitress taking her break in Sevastopol, or a tourist peering over the edge of Ay-Petri Mountain. The later half of the book looks at the plight of the Tatars – an ethnic minority who are now returning after their deportation in 1944.

This image is of Nikita, an unofficial settlement where Kakulya documented the small community slowly reclaiming the land. These photographs, along with the essay, give a wonderful insight to this little seen world.