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October 18, 2011
Bifatima Dauletova, considered by many traditional healers in Kazakhstan to be the last local guardian of an ancient Sufi dervish tradition, performs a ritual cleansing using sheep’s blood at her homestead in the foothills of the Tien Shan Mountains, south Kazakhstan. Known by the honorific Bifatima-apa, the mystic and shaman draws followers from far afield. People come for health or addiction problems or to resolve life issues.
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Pavel Prokopchik was born in Russia in 1982. He grew up in Latvia, which was then part of the Soviet Union. In 2001, he moved to the Netherlands, graduating from The Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague in 2009. Since then Prokopchik has received a number of national awards, including Zilveren Camera and Photo Academy awards. His passion for photography lies in telling stories about people who live their lives out of sight of mainstream society—deviants from regular religious practices, hippies, and other people who are not a part of a materialistic society. His latest exhibition was The Tribe, a series of photos following a group of people living an alternative lifestyle in Russia, and was held in the FOAM photography museum in Amsterdam.
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Pavel Prokopchik on Twitter
31 July 2013
Looking for post production work. Working since 2008, HEMA, C&A, General Electric, ABN Amro... are amongst my clients. Portfolio on request.
10 April 2013
Another image from Turkmenistan http://t.co/zeKRxzSvxG
7 February 2013
I'm off to St. Petersburg where I will board a plane to Turkmenistan, where I will be working on my new project for the coming month.
7 December 2012
The Tribe was published on a Russian photo blog. Unfortunately the text is Russian http://t.co/f0zMQKQ8 Check out the rest of this photoblog
26 November 2012
Finished posting images from my last trip to the USA, where I was working on my AMEЯИKA series. http://t.co/086q32TD