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Kazakh Sportsman

An accomplished eagle hunter and well-known sportsman, twenty-six-year-old Serik Ginsbeng proudly holds his golden eagle in the Altai mountains of western Mongolia. “I have a strong relationship with my eagle, it’s something very special,” says Ginsbeng. “We share everything. If my eagle feels bad I feel bad. If she’s happy, I’m happy.”

Kazakh Woman

A Kazakh woman named Baygan is pictured inside her family home in the Altai mountains of western Mongolia. Baygan has lived her entire life in the countryside, visiting the nearest town of Bayan Ulgii only once in her youth. Despite a severely hunched back, Baygan continues to work outdoors in physically harsh and demanding conditions, reflecting the resilience and spirit of the Kazakh families whose livelihoods depend on the land and the animals they raise.

Baygan

A Kazakh woman is pictured inside her family home in the Altai mountains of western Mongolia. Baygan has lived her entire life in the countryside, visiting the nearest town of Bayan Ulgii only once in her youth. Despite a severely hunched back, Baygan continues to work outdoors in physically harsh and demanding conditions, reflecting the resilience and spirit of the Kazakh families whose livelihoods depend on the land and the animals they raise.

Eagle Hunter

An accomplished eagle hunter and sportsman, twenty-six-year-old Serik Ginsbeng proudly shows off the skill of his golden eagle in the Altai mountains of Mongolia. “I have a strong relationship with my eagle, it’s something very special,” says Ginsbeng. “We share everything. If my eagle feels bad I feel bad. If she’s happy I’m happy. When we go to the mountains we share everything together.”

Fighter

An Iraqi soldier is pictured in the town of Qayyarah, south of Mosul, Iraq, in December 2016. Before the town was liberated by Iraqi forces in August 2016, ISIS militants set fire to several of the town’s oil wells. Thick, toxic smoke continued to shroud the city and surrounding areas for several months, leaving behind a legacy of prolonged health problems and environmental crises.