Kazakhstan through eyes of French photojournalist

The life of urban and rural Kazakh residents, the customs and traditions of different peoples living united under one shanyrak and a special cultural code formed in the country - the photojournalist from France seeks to reveal the unexplored sides of the country of the Great Steppe through his photographs. The works by Frederic Noy have been extensively featured in well-known international magazines. Recently, his photo essay about Kazakhstan was published in The Guardian, which is one of Britain’s most influential and trustworthy newspapers. The author depicts to the Western readers the most striking features of the country located in the heart of Eurasia. Noy shares that he came to Kazakhstan in search of unique and interesting shots and chronicles.

“In the first place, I used to work as a photographer in Africa for 20 years and I was kind of tired of Africa, it’s started to be routine. And I wanted to work in a new country for me, something which was really a blank page, totally new, to reinvent myself as a photographer. To me, the purpose of my work was to document a country, which plays a very important role in history because there was the Silk Road. So I thought, oh, Kazakhstan could be a good idea to start a new project, to reinvent myself in a place where I don’t know anything about, and it’s still a mystery, an interesting country,” shared Noy.

The French documentary photographer has lived in Kazakhstan for three years. He was based in Astana and actively traveled throughout the country. During his stay in Kazakhstan, Noy managed to visit Almaty, Shymkent, Karagandy, Oskemen, Kyzylorda and other remarkable places of the country.