Photo essay: Women at risk in central Asia's heroin highway
December 17, 2009 8:30 PM Subscribe
House of Happiness
- photos by Rena Effendi of women in the Ferghana Valley, part of central Asia's ancient Silk Route now known as "the heroin highway" - "a geographical and cultural mishmash where three countries and many ethnicities cluster." More about the photos
. (Some photos NSFW)Rena Effendi is an Azerbaijan-born social documentary photographer
focusing on post-Soviet and postwar melding of cultures and the oil industry's effects on people. Her site includes a generous sampling of selections from her book Pipedreams
, a chronicle of lives along the pipeline in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.
Really, all the photo essays in her portfolio are well worth exploring - I particularly liked the Xinaliq wedding series, Twenty-something in Tehran and the powerful series on the Georgia conflict.
Warning: As many photographer's portfolios are wont to be, her site is in flash so avoid it if that bugs you.