Mongolian Nomads Getting Photographed for the First Time

Teenagers Vanessa Hollander and Wilson Philippe, went on a ten-day motorcycle tour of Mongolia — the world’s most sparsely populated country — and brought their Fuji Instax Mini with them. As it turns out, many Mongolian nomads have never seen a physical photo of themselves. “Each person photographed really prized and protected his or her polaroid (fearing that we wanted to keep it), and barely let us see it when it was developed!,” they write. “The children automatically stored it away once we showed them what was the very first picture of themselves. It was a really great and humbling experience and showed us how much just one photograph can mean to people who have never had one of themselves.” [via TDW]

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