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Chloe Dewe Mathews’s best photograph – Uzbek migrant workers

The Guardian has a best shot feature and now it is showing this beautiful picture by Chloe Dewe Mathews

Uzbek migrant workers in Kazakhstan

Photograph: Chloe Dewe Mathews

Chloe is currently  the artist-in-residence at St John’s College, Oxford University.

So very big thumbs up to St John’s

Here is the start of the article about this picture as found in the Guardian

In 2010, I hitch-hiked from China all the way back to Britain. At one point, I found myself near Aktau, on the Caspian coast of Kazakhstan, after thumbing a lift with a Dutch oil worker. I glanced out of the window and saw an almost celestial group of figures, dressed from head to toe in white, moving silently between great columns of chalk. It was quite blinding and I wondered what was going on. We whizzed past, but the scene just played on in my mind. I thought: “I’ve got to return to this place and find out what it is.”…..READ MORE

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