© Yann Mingard, from the series The Road Less Travelled, 2005

© Yann Mingard, from the series The Road Less Travelled, 2005

© Yann Mingard, from the series The Road Less Travelled, 2005



“In 1935, two intrepid Europeans undertook what seemed an impossible journey. Ella Maillart, a Swiss Olympic sailor, and Peter Fleming, an Englishman and correspondent for The Times, set off from Peking to Kashmir, a route which had not been travelled for eight years. They were advised that their greatest chance of success was to plot a course through Western China which was so difficult that the authorities had not thought to forbid it. Seventy years on, Swiss photographer Yann Mingard and writer Bruno Paulet set out to follow in their footsteps, recreating the most testing and memorable part of the journey through Eastern Turkestan. In the Teijinar oasis, they struggled to persuade the sceptical locals of the seriousness of their endeavour. After two weeks of tortuous negotiation, their modest caravan was ready: a horse, two camels, and Mangke, the village drunk, who accepted in a moment of madness the role of their guide.”



More of Yann’s work can be seen here

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