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Baskhanov M. K. and Shevelchinskaya S. L. ‘I s Pamirskogo piketa byl uzh viden Gimalai’. [‘And from the Cossack Outpost the Himalayas Were Now in View’

Baskhanov M. K. and Shevelchinskaya S. L. ‘I s Pamirskogo piketa byl uzh viden Gimalai’. [‘And from the Cossack Outpost the Himalayas Were Now in View’
Baskhanov M. K. and Shevelchinskaya S. L. ‘I s Pamirskogo piketa byl uzh viden Gimalai’. [‘And from the Cossack Outpost the Himalayas Were Now in View’ Baskhanov M. K. and Shevelchinskaya S. L. ‘I s Pamirskogo piketa byl uzh viden Gimalai’. [‘And from the Cossack Outpost the Himalayas Were Now in View’ Baskhanov M. K. and Shevelchinskaya S. L. ‘I s Pamirskogo piketa byl uzh viden Gimalai’. [‘And from the Cossack Outpost the Himalayas Were Now in View’ Baskhanov M. K. and Shevelchinskaya S. L. ‘I s Pamirskogo piketa byl uzh viden Gimalai’. [‘And from the Cossack Outpost the Himalayas Were Now in View’ Baskhanov M. K. and Shevelchinskaya S. L. ‘I s Pamirskogo piketa byl uzh viden Gimalai’. [‘And from the Cossack Outpost the Himalayas Were Now in View’ Baskhanov M. K. and Shevelchinskaya S. L. ‘I s Pamirskogo piketa byl uzh viden Gimalai’. [‘And from the Cossack Outpost the Himalayas Were Now in View’ Baskhanov M. K. and Shevelchinskaya S. L. ‘I s Pamirskogo piketa byl uzh viden Gimalai’. [‘And from the Cossack Outpost the Himalayas Were Now in View’ Baskhanov M. K. and Shevelchinskaya S. L. ‘I s Pamirskogo piketa byl uzh viden Gimalai’. [‘And from the Cossack Outpost the Himalayas Were Now in View’
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Baskhanov M. K. and Shevelchinskaya S. L. ‘I s Pamirskogo piketa byl uzh viden Gimalai’: Pamir v fotoob’’ektive poruchika Pavla Rodstvennogo. [‘And from the Cossack Outpost the Himalayas Were Now in View’: The Pamir through the Lens of Lieutenant Rodstvennyi]. St Petersburg, Nestor-Istoriia, 2019, 1st ed., oblong 8vo (29 x 22cm), 440 pp., portrait frontispiece, map, b/w photo illus., boards. Print run limited to 300 copies. Main text in Russian, Summary in English. [01862] 

The presented book is a publication of the photographic collection of Lieutenant (poruchik) Pavel Rodstvennyi, compiled by him during the Pamirs' reconnaissance in the summer of 1901. The collection was kept in the archives of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IVR RAN) and for a long time, the collection remained unattributed and practically unknown even to specialists. In early 2015, Svetlana Shevelchinskaya, then the keeper of the photographic collections of IVR RAN, completed the digitization of the collection, and Dr. Mikhail Baskhanov made its scientific attribution and edited the captions.

The photographic collection of Pavel Rodstvennyi, presented here, consists of more than 350 black-and-white photographs of the Pamir and is by far the largest of all the world-famous collections of early photographs of this remote region of Central Asia. This book is somewhat a stop-by-stop account of Rodstvennyi’s Pamir itinerary. The collection includes numerous species of the Pamir localities, its inhabitants - Kyrgyz and Tajiks, architectural monuments and remnants of antiquities, and add up to an authentic and colourful portrayal of a remote, bygone world, of little-known peoples, and many things and ways of life now irrevocably lost. Many of the photographs relate to the history of the Russian Pamir detachment (Pamirskii otriad), the highest elevated detachment of the Russian Imperial Army, which played a key role in the history of the Anglo-Russian rivalry in Central Asia, better known as the Great Game.

The publication of the book is accompanied by introductory articles by Svetlana Shevelchinskaya and Dr. Mikhail Baskhanov on the history of the formation of Pavel Rodstvennyi's photographic collection with his biographical overview and a history of the Russian Pamir detachment in order to recreate as far as possible the life of the photographer and place the collection within the context of cultural life of Russian Turkestan and the events of the Great Game.