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What is your favourite hobby ?

What is your favourite hobby?
Afghanistan - 2011

Kyrgyz children receive an English lesson. The most common question they would ask us, as written in their schoolbook, was "What is your favourite hobby?".

Classified as vertical nomads who herd their yak and sheep between the higher and lower regions of the Pamir, the remaining 1,103 Kyrgyz are pastoralists who have been living for centuries in the harsh environment of Afghanistan’s north-easternmost area of the Wakhan corridor, the Pamir region. They are the last remaining ethnic Kyrgyz in Afghanistan. 

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The Kyrgyz’s closest neighbours are communities of Ismaili Shia Muslim Wakhis, concentrated one level below them in the Wakhan Corridor, at 2,000–3,000 metres, who engage in agriculture. The Wakhis and the Kyrgyz have cordial ties based mainly on bartering (of livestock and agricultural products), according to Khair Mohammad Haidari, member of the Afghanistan Academy of Sciences.

In 2011, inspired by an article published by the New York Times, I, along with cultural entrepreneur Fabrice Nadjari, decide to embark on a journey of discovery into the remote Wakhan corridor in northeastern Afghanistan, untouched by the war and preserved from the Taliban regime.

Equipped with photo, video and sound paraphernalia, transported on the backs of donkeys laden with solar panels, we trekked 180 miles along that closed corridor, from the beginning of the Hindu Kush mountains to the western Himalayas and the border of China, to meet and document the lives of these villagers, farmers, herders and nomads, surrounded by almost impassable limits.

What we discovered during those weeks of treks is an « untouched » Afghanistan where the values of sharing, welcoming and brotherhood remains the one inspired by the books of Jospeh Kessel and Nicolas Bouvier.  All through our journey, we share their life of hardship, their diet of  low-calorie bread, tea, yak milk, and, rarely, small quantities of rice. Every encounter reminds us the contrast between our Western lives and the precarity of theirs, where life expectancy stops short at 50 and where infant mortality verges on 60% - the highest in the world. But we are also confronted by many contradictions. Living on the highest plateaus, far from any village, in a constant state of precarity where finding a potato or a piece of fruit is three-week walk away, we find solar panels, satellite aerials, television sets, and an impressive array of batteries, cables, and chargers.

Our hosts frequently thank us for coming to meet them and for taking an interest in their lives. Repeatedly, we feel the sadness in their gaze as they watch us leave again. I have the feeling that they are somehow counting on us from the moment we are welcomed. Perhaps their regard expresses the many unfulfilled promises of improvement of their conditions (schools, medical treatments, economic assistance) by the central government.

We ask ourselves what will we share upon our return? What have we learned? So, it is with profound humility that I have chosen to share these images with you in the hope that they reveal enduring, proud, and peaceful portraits of the ethnic Kyrgyz people you will make yours.

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A simple straight forward frame with clean lines and a wood grain finish.
Height: 1.0", Width: 1.25"

Our custom framed prints include a white archival matte and are professionally framed and finished.  Our standard matte boarder size is 2" on either side (4" total) up to a print size of 16"x24" and 3" either side (6" total) for prints larger then 16"x20".  Please note that the matte will overlap your print by approximately 1/8" on all sides.

A simple straight forward frame with clean lines and a wood grain finish.
Height: 1.0", Width: 1.25"

Our custom framed prints include a white archival matte and are professionally framed and finished.  Our standard matte boarder size is 2" on either side (4" total) up to a print size of 16"x24" and 3" either side (6" total) for prints larger then 16"x20".  Please note that the matte will overlap your print by approximately 1/8" on all sides.

Our classic gallery frame.  Made from solid wood with a satin finish.
Height: 1.25", Width: 1.5"

Our custom framed prints include a white archival matte and are professionally framed and finished.  Our standard matte boarder size is 2" on either side (4" total) up to a print size of 16"x24" and 3" either side (6" total) for prints larger then 16"x20".  Please note that the matte will overlap your print by approximately 1/8" on all sides.

Our classic gallery frame.  Made from solid wood with a satin finish.
Height: 1.25", Width: 1.5"

Our custom framed prints include a white archival matte and are professionally framed and finished.  Our standard matte boarder size is 2" on either side (4" total) up to a print size of 16"x24" and 3" either side (6" total) for prints larger then 16"x20".  Please note that the matte will overlap your print by approximately 1/8" on all sides.

Our classic gallery frame.  Made from solid wood with a satin finish.
Height: 1.25", Width: 1.5"

Our custom framed prints include a white archival matte and are professionally framed and finished.  Our standard matte boarder size is 2" on either side (4" total) up to a print size of 16"x24" and 3" either side (6" total) for prints larger then 16"x20".  Please note that the matte will overlap your print by approximately 1/8" on all sides.

A contemporay moulding with a slight scoop.  Solid wood with a satin finish.
Height: 1.0", Width: 1.75"


Our custom framed prints include a white archival matte and are professionally framed and finished.  Our standard matte boarder size is 2" on either side (4" total) up to a print size of 16"x24" and 3" either side (6" total) for prints larger then 16"x20".  Please note that the matte will overlap your print by approximately 1/8" on all sides.

A contemporay moulding with a slight scoop.  Solid wood with a satin finish.
Height: 1.0", Width: 1.75"

Our custom framed prints include a white archival matte and are professionally framed and finished.  Our standard matte boarder size is 2" on either side (4" total) up to a print size of 16"x24" and 3" either side (6" total) for prints larger then 16"x20".  Please note that the matte will overlap your print by approximately 1/8" on all sides.

A contemporay moulding with a slight scoop.  Solid wood with a satin finish.
Height: 1.0", Width: 1.75"

Our custom framed prints include a white archival matte and are professionally framed and finished.  Our standard matte boarder size is 2" on either side (4" total) up to a print size of 16"x24" and 3" either side (6" total) for prints larger then 16"x20".  Please note that the matte will overlap your print by approximately 1/8" on all sides.

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Just the Print means there is no special finishing included. The print will be carefully packaged and sent to you.

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Just the Print means there is no special finishing. The print will be carefully packaged and sent to you. No gallery wrap, no framing.

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Just the Print means there is no special finishing. The print will be carefully packaged and sent to you.

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.75-inch Standard Wrap means that your canvas will be stretched with a depth of .75-inch. This size is suitable for framing. Any wider wrap will not be suitable for framing.

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1.25-inch Standard Wrap means that your canvas will be stretched with a depth of 1.25-inch.

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1.5-inch Gallery Wrap is ready to hang on your wall with no additional framing. This is the most common gallery wrap size.

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1.75-inch Standard Wrap means that your canvas will be stretched with a depth of 1.75-inch.

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Protect your artwork with our premium Dust Cover.  The back of your canvas is covered by a white "Tyvek" dust cover which does not rip.

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Here are the sizes that can be framed: 9x14, 10x15, 11x17, 12x18, 13x20, 14x21, 15x23, 16x24, 17x26, 18x27, 19x29, 20x30, 21x32, 22x33, 23x35, 14x9, 15x10, 17x11, 18x12, 20x13, 21x14, 23x15, 24x16, 26x17, 27x18, 29x19, 30x20, 32x21, 33x22, 35x23, 16x9, 18x10, 20x11, 21x12, 23x13, 25x14, 27x15, 28x16, 30x17, 32x18, 34x19

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Image Overflow is when the image wraps around the sides of the canvas. This effect causes you to lose a portion of the image on the front side of the canvas (approximately 1-2 inches, depending on the width of the stretcher bar), because that portion needs to be wrapped around the sides.

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Image Overflow is when the image wraps around the sides of the canvas. This effect causes you to lose a portion of the image on the front side of the canvas (approximately 1-2 inches, depending on the width of the stretcher bar), because that portion needs to be wrapped around the sides.

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Mirrored Image is the most popular effect in canvas wrapping (particularly with photographs), where the last 1-2 inches (depending on the depth of the stretcher bars used) of the image are "mirrored" in order to create a smooth appearance on all the sides of the canvas wrap. With this Mirrored Image effect, no portion of the image is lost on the front side of the canvas.

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Border Color is when a solid color is applied to the sides of the canvas wrap. When you choose the border color option, no portion of the image will be lost on the front side of the canvas.

We handcraft each order so please allow up to 14 days for delivery via FedEx ground.  Please contact us if you have any special requirnments.

Baryta Photo Paper

Give your photographic prints a traditional darkroom look with our 310g museum grade Baryta photo paper.   Your photos will have excellent black density and great image sharpness.

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Satin Photo Paper

Our 10mil satin poster paper is perfect for low cost, high quaility prints.

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Canvas Wraps

We use only the finest canvas available to us today to produce your artwork.  It is perfect for printing high-end archival quality artwork and features:

  • Outstanding image clarity and sharp detail/resolution.
  • Highest colour density and Dmax.
  • Thick 2-over-1 Oxford weave pattern results in luxurious feel.
  • Fine semi matte finish.
  • 21 Mil thickness, 400 gsm weight.
  • Available in sizes up to 58" wide by any length!

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Your canvas is hand stretched onto kiln dried solid wood frames ensuring your canvas will never warp or sage over time.  All canvas sizes 30” or above are fitted with a back strainer bar to further support the frame of your artwork.

Wood Float Frames:

Our solid wood float frames are the highest quality in the industry.  Made from solid poplar hardwood each frame is hand cut and custom fitted for your artwork.

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Acrylic Mounts

Our facemount to acrylic process is like nothing else being offered on the market today.  The facemount to acrylic process will bring out the best in your artwork by enhancing vibrant colours, accentuating clear crisp details, and adding a three dimensional look second to none.  

Each image is printed using a genuine smooth gloss paper designed specifically for the facemount process.  Your artwork is then mounted between framing grade acrylic and a protective backing where a recessed frame is applied for hanging, literally giving the impression that your artwork is floating off the wall.

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Smooth Fine Art Paper

  • 100% cotton paper is acid-free for a long print life
  • Heavy weitht, 310g
  • Ideal for art reproductions (giclees) and fine-art photographs
  • Silky smooth, matte white surface for detailed images and accurate colors

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Gloss Photo Paper

Our photo Gloss 300g paper is a premium-quality, resin-coated inkjet photo paper. It provides the smooth, high-gloss finish and expansive color gamut that many professional photographers need for richly detailed landscape and scenic photography, unframed competition prints, posters, and product photography.

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Matte Photo Paper

With our Matte Photo Paper you can print poster decor, fine art reproductions, high-quality fine photo prints and photo albums with this smooth, acid-free, pH-neutral archival paper.

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Metallic Photo Paper

The metallic high-gloss surface on an 11.5 mil, 300g photo paper produces vibrant, exceptional prints, making this the perfect medium for discerning professionals producing photos for portraits, commercial displays and competition prints.

  • 11.5 mil, 300-gram photo paper with a distinctive pearlescent high-gloss surface
  • Prints dry instantly and are highly resistant to scratches
  • Adds a distinctive look to fine photographs, portrait, and commercial display prints
  • Compatible with all leading dye and pigment photo inkjet printers

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Metal Prints

Infusing dyes directly into specially coated metal prints result in outstanding image clarity and vibrancy with exceptional detail and resolution.  Our metal prints are extremely durable offering scratch resistance and the longest fade resistance in the market.

Available in either a Gloss White or Matte White finish.

Available Sizes
*Custom sizes are available, please contact us for details.

Square 2:3 Ratio 4:3 Ratio 2:1 Ratio 3:1 Ratio 4:5 & Other
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10x10 10x15 12x16 12x24 10x30 11x14
12x12 12x18 15x20 16x32 12x36 16x20
16x16 16x24 18x24 18x36 16x48 20x24
18x18 20x30 24x32 20x40   24x30
20x20 24x36 30x40 24x48   32x40
24x24 30x45 36x48 30x60    
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Repositional Wall Peels

Wall Peels are printed on heavy grade vinyl with a matte finish. Each has unique adhesive, allowing the decal to be removed and re-applied multiple times. They are perfect for dorm rooms, kid rooms, doors, and more. Our wall peels are not recommended for textured or rough surfaces, newly painted walls (which usually need about 30 days to fully cure), textiles, or on wallpaper.

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Luster Photo Paper

Our Photo eSatin 300g is a premium-quality, resin-coated inkjet photo paper that professional photographers rave about. They like it because the prints they deliver to their customers feel noticeably thicker, heavier, and more durable than mass-market inkjet photo papers; the latest generation is even thicker than before at 11.5 mil. The slightly textured, satin (or luster) surface is like the E-surface papers that were popular in darkroom printing. The print surface doesn’t show fingerprints or reflect glare like glossy papers. This paper’s excellent ink retention properties produce an exceptionally large color gamut for bright, realistically saturated colors and accurate skin tones. Plus, our latest version has an even wider color gamut and an improved white point for greater contrast.

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