Un photographe rend hommage à la diversité et à la beauté des habitants du monde à travers un superbe projet

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Alexander Khimushin est un photographe Russe, originaire de Yakoutie — la région la plus froide du monde, et l'une des plus inhospitalière. Logiquement, il est très attiré par les régions les moins connues et les plus isolées, et il s'est mis en devoir, pour son projet photo «The World in Faces», de témoigner de la diversité exceptionnelle des gens qui peuplent notre belle terre.

Alexander essaye de toujours capturer l'authentique, la véritable nature des personnes, loin des clichés et du regard ethnocentré. C'est pourquoi il met aussi un point d'honneur à célébrer la diversité dans la diversité qu'il représente : par exemple, une jeune Mursi qui refuse de porter un plateau labial, ou encore une petite fille afghane blonde aux yeux bleus.

1. Jeune fille Oroqen, région de Mongolie intérieure, Chine

L'ethnie Oroqen est liée aux Evenks, un peuple qui vit en Sibérie (Russie) et dont la langue est à 70% identique. Il est très difficile pour eux de maintenir leurs traditions en Chine, car le gouvernement y a interdit la chasse depuis les années 90, ce qui les menace directement leur mode de vie nomade

Oroqen girl. I have just came back from a remote part of Inner Mongolia province of China where I took this portrait. Oroqen people (Orochon, Orochen) are ethnic minority that is related to Evenki people of Russia. They can understand each other language for about 70%. Until the early 1950s Orochen people were nomadic, leaving in conical dwellings made from the skins of the animals and bark of the trees. They were mainly hunters until 1990s, until the government banned hunting in the area. Traditionally animal fur and skins are used for their clothing. They are shamanist by religion, however the last Orochon shaman died in October 2000. Orochon means a raindeer man in their language as they livestyle was heavily dependent on raindeer hearding. There are almost no raindeers left today. Orochon people try hard to keep their culture alive, but it is not easy, because they can not maintain their traditional way of living anymore. #theworldinfaces #worldinfaces #oroqen #orochen #orochon #people #portrait #ethnicminority #minority #china #evenki #ewenki #russia #peace #love #diversity #tolerance #asia #asiangirl #beauty #beautifulworld #amazingworld #tribe #girl #ethnicgroup #innermongolia

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2. Jeune femme japonaise

Malgré le fait que le Japon soit un pays extremmement moderne et développé, à la pointe de la technologie, les Japonais ont aussi réussi à maintenir en vie leur culture ancienne et leurs traditions. Ainsi, il n'est pas si rare de voir des femmes porter le kimono traditionnel, même dans les rues des grandes villes !

3. Jeune femme de la tribu Hamer, Sud-Ouest de l'Ethiopie

Les Hamer sont un peuple de bergers et d'éleveurs de bétail, aux nombreux troupeaux. La polygamie est une partie importante de leur culture, et à en juger par le collier qu'elle porte au-dessus, cette femme a le statut de «première femme », ce qui veut dire qu'elle a un statut supérieur. 

Hamer Tribe young woman. Hamer (hamar) people are ethnic minority inhabiting Hamer Woreda, Omo River Valley, South West Ethiopia. There are about 46,000 hamer people in total, out of them only 7 completed secondary school. Hamer are pastorals with large amount of cattle. Polygamy is a part of their culture, a man often has more than one wife. The first wife has a superior status. On the photo: a hamer woman, wearing first wife top necklace, two other symbolise that there are 3 wives in total. I took her photo in one of the Hamer villages. She did not prepare or dress for me, I just was walking by. ‪#theworldinfaces #worldinfaces #hamer #hamar #tribe #tribal #ethnic #minority #portrait #people #omo #omovalley #ethiopia #snnpr #polygamy #africa #africangirl #ethno #love #beauty #diversity #peace #tolerance #amazingworld

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4. Femme Ladakhi, Ladakh, Inde

Le Ladakh est une région située à l'extrême nord de l'Inde, dans la chaîne de l'Himalaya. L'histoire et les coutumes des habitants du Ladakh sont proches de celles du Tibet.

Ladakhi woman from Nubra Valley. Ladakh is a Northernmost region of India located in Himalayas. It's one of the most remote places in the country with stunning mountain beauty and unique culture of its people. Ladakhis are of Tibetian descent and the region's culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet. I met this woman on her way to Diskit Monastery. She was going to attend an annual Gustor ritual and greet Thiksey Rinpoche, the chief lama of Ladakh Kingdom, visiting that day. #theworldinfaces #worldinfaces #ladakh #ladakhi #tibetian #india #biddhist #himalayas #tibet #nubra #rinpoche #thiksey #diskit #gelug #gustor #portrait #ladakhiwoman #ethnic #minority #ethnicminority #peace #love #tolerance #diversity #amazingworld

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5. Garçon Wakhi, Afghanistan

La région isolée où vivent les Wakhi est assez pauvre, la terre est dure à travailler, la zone est peu peuplée et loin des infrastructures du pays... Mais au moins, cet isolement leur a aussi assuré une paix relative dans ce pays déchiré par plus de 38 ans de guerre civile. Cela pourrait pourtant bien malheureusement changer, s'inquiète le photographe : lors de son passage en 2015, la situation était en train de devenir de plus en plus tendue, et les Talibans, dont les lignes avaient progressées, n'étaient plus qu'à une trentaine de kilomètres. Si ces derniers les découvraient, il est fort probable qu'ils les tueraient tous, en tant que « kafirs » (non-croyants).

Wakhi boy from Afghanistan. Living in the Wakhan Valley, surrounded by rugged mountains with almost no fertile land and luck of any infrastructure, never was an easy task. People of this sparsely populated area of Afghanistan suffer from lack of education, poverty, ill health and shortage of food. Nevertheless, in the country thorn by civil war for the last 38 years, at least it was a peaceful place. Due to its extreme remoteness Wakhan has always been safe, but the good times could be over. When I photographed this boy in July 2015 in one of the villages, security situation in the region was getting very tense. Locals were concerned that Taliban was getting closer, just mere 30 km away, and would kill all of them as kafir (nonbelievers) if they come. Nobody knows what near future holds for this boy and the people of Wakhan… #theworldinfaces #worldinfaces #afghanistan #wakhan #wakhi #minority #ethnicminority #ethnicgroup #portrait #war #taliban #boy #wakhan_valley #wakhan_corridor #afghan_boy #afghan #central_asia #travel_photography #diversity #peace #love #tolerance

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6. Vieille femme Semeiskie, Sibérie, Russie

Les Semeiskie sont une communauté de ce que les Russes appellent les « vieux croyants », c'est-à-dire des chrétiens orthodoxes qui n'ont pas suivi les réformes faites par l'Eglise Orthodoxe au 16ème siècle.  Au départ, les Semeiskie habitaient la Biélorussie, mais ils ont fui la répression et se sont exilés, jusqu'à parvenir à proximité de la frontière Chinoise, où ils se sont installés définitivement.

Semeiskie Old Believer woman. The Semeiskie are a community of Russian Orthodox Old Believers who have lived in Buryatia region of Siberia since 1765. The sacred rites and rituals of the Old Believers came to be in opposition to those of the official state church after the introduction of the 16th century religious reforms. Those who rejected the reforms became known as «Old Believers» and continued to practice their faith despite repression. The Semeiskie were a particular group of Old Believers who, facing repressions, fled to Gomel, Belarus (at that time part of Poland). Empress Catherine the Great then exiled the group to Buryatia region, bordering China, on the pretext that they could there become farmers for the Cossack guards who defended the borders of the Russia Empire. The descendants of these original Semeiskie people have lived in the region ever since. The name Semeiskie came from Russian word semya meaning family, because they traditionally lived in extended families with many children. Despite living in a Buddhist region of the country among Buryat people of Asian origin, Semeiskie managed to preserve their way of living, traditions and culture. I took the photo of this woman today at one of the Semeiskie villages of Buryatia. #theworldinfaces #worldinfaces #portrait #babushka #semeiskie #oldbelievers #buryatia #siberia #russia #orthodox #diversity #love #peace #tolerance

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7. Jeune femme Tofalar, Sibérie, Russie

Les Tofalar (ou Karagas) sont la plus petite minorité ethnique du monde, totalisant à peine sept cent individus. Ils vivent dans des villages reculés en Sibérie

8. Jeune femme Mursi, Ethiopie

Toutes les jeune filles Mursi ne veulent pas forcément porter un plateau labial. Cette jeune femme, par exemple, a décidé de ne pas en avoir. Mais là-bas comme ici, il n'est pas toujours facile d'aller contre la norme, d'être différent. Cette Mursi est une minorité... au sein d'une minorité.

9. Ancien Meitei, Inde

Au Nord-Est de l'Inde vivent de nombreux groupes ethniques différents, dans un mélange assez unique de cultures Indiennes et Orientales. 

Remote North-East States of India are incredible place for the diversity of people living there. In many areas you'd think that you were not in India at all. Numerous minority groups living there belong to Tibeto-Burmese language group. They also have a very interesting and unique blend of Indian and Oriental cultures. This photo of a Meitei elder I took while attending one of the religious ceremonies. I was travelling across Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland in 2012, when restrictions for foreigners to visit the area (that had been closed for ages due to political unrest and border disputes) were temporarily lifted. #theworldinfaces #worldinfaces #portrait #people #minority #meitei #manipuri #moirang #indigenous #tribal #tribe #tribegram #india #burma #manipur #northeastindia #northeast #native #elder #diversity #peace #love #tolerance

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10. Femme âgée Ifugao, Philippines

11. Jeune homme Mam Maya, Guatemala

12. Petite fille blonde, Wakhan Valley, Afghanistan 

Cette petite fille blonde aux yeux bleus a un physique plutôt inhabituel chez les Wakhis.

While traveling Wakhan Valley of Afghanistan last July in one of the villages I was invited by locals to their traditional Pamiri house. Inside I was welcomed by an extended family and neighbors who gathered just to see the guest. There were many kids playing together. This little girl with her unusually blond hair and blue eyes was one of them. Natural light was coming to the room only from a ceiling opening that was used for ventilation as well. She was seating right beneath it on a clay cook top when I took this photo. #travelphotography #theworldinfaces #wakhancorridor #worldinfaces #wakhi #wakhan #afghani #afghanistan #pamiri #pamir #ethnic #traditional #girl #portrait #minority #people #peace #diversity #tolerance #culture #tradition #centralasia #khik

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13. Éleveur de poulets, La Havane, Cuba

Cet homme élève des poulets chez lui, dans sa petite maison du vieux quartier de La Havane, afin d'arrondir ses fins de mois.

14. Femme de la tribu de Nyangatom , Sud-Soudan

Les Nyangatom habitent des endroits reculés du Soudan du Sud et de l'Ethiopie, ils sont répartis autour de la frontière entre ces deux pays. Les femmes portent de nombreux colliers de perles, qu'elles n'enlèvent jamais. Les petites filles reçoivent un premier collier de perles des mains de leur père, puis, à chaque année de leur vie qui passe, elles rajoutent de nouveaux colliers de perles. Les femmes d'un certain âge peuvent ainsi porter plusieurs kilos de perles autour de leur cou !

Nyangatom tribe woman. This tribe inhabits remote border area of South Sudan and Ethiopia, living on the both sides. Women of Nyangatom tribe wear a lot of different beads, which they never take off. As a young girl, she gets a first strand of beads as a gift from her father and for all the years of her life she adds more and more. It's not uncommon to see a woman wearing several kilograms of beads. I took this portrait of an elderly Nyangatom woman in December 2014. The World in Faces project by Alexander Khimushin. One new portrait every day. #theworldinfaces #worldinfaces #people #tribe #tribal #africa #southsudan #ethiopia #ethnic #minority #ethno #portrait #travelphotography #native #indigenous #omo #nilotic #nyangatom #bume #donyiro #natgeo #facesoftheworld #diversity

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15. Fille Shughnan en habits traditionnels, Tajikistan et Afghanistan

Les Shughnan sont un groupe ethnique qui habite les rives de la rivière Panj, dans les montagnes du Tajikistan et de l'Afghanistan. Ces montagnes sont l'une des zones les moins densément peuplées du monde, et pour cause, les conditions de vie y sont très rudes et l'altitude y est élevée. La culture Shughnan est unique et particulière, notamment au niveau de leur langue.

Shughnan girl in traditional clothing. The World in Faces photo project by Alexander Khimushin. Shughnan people are the ethnic group that inhabit a tiny part of the Pamir Mountains on the both sides of the Panj River in Tajikistan and Afghanistan. The Pamir Mountains are among the world's highest mountains, and since Victorian times, they have been known as the «Roof of the World». It's one of the less populated areas of the world. Shughnan people are just one of many ethnic groups of Pamiri people with a unique culture and traditions. Shughni language belongs to Southeastern Iranian group and is completely different from Farsi spoken in Tajikistan and Dari spoken in Afghanistan. In ancient times the area was known for its ruby mines, which are mentioned in the writings of Marco Polo:«It is in this province that those fine and valuable gems the Balas Rubies are found. They are got in certain rocks among the mountains, and in the search for them the people dig great caves underground, just as is done by miners for silver. There is but one special mountain that produces them, and it is called Syghinan». I took this photo in July 2015. #theworldinfaces #worldinfaces #facesoftheworld #travelphotography #people #portrait #girl #ethno #ethnic #minority #pamiri #pamir #shughni #shughnan #traditional #indigenous #tajikistan #afghanistan #ismaili #shia #pamirmountains #khorog #gbao #badakhshan #gornobadakhshan #centralasia #shinghnan #khuhgnan #shugnnon

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16. Ancien Meitei s'apprêtant à danser le Jagoi, Inde

Le Jagoi est une danse rituelle en honneur au dieu Laininghtou et à la déesse Lairembi.

Meitei elder is getting ready to perform Jagoi. The Meitei people are the ethnic group of the remote North-East Indian State of Manipur. They also live in the neighboring Myanmar and Bangladesh. Meitei speak Sino-Tibetian language called Meiteilon. Written history of Meitei people dates back to 33AD. Meitei believe that they are descendants of a mystical creature Pakhangba, a dragon with dear antlers. Thougal Jagoi is a ritual dance that is performed to please deities of the God Lainingthou and the Goddess Lairembi. I took this photo near Moirang, Manipur while travelling across the North-East States in 2012. The World in Faces project by Alexander Khimushin. #travelphotography #theworldinfaces #worldinfaces #facesoftheworld #meitei #manipuri #manipur #india #myanmar #bangladesh #tripura #northeastindia #picoftheday #natgeo #native #ethnic #ethno #minority #portrait #jagoi #thougal #indigenous #tribal #traditional #burma #manipuridance #people #moirang

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