Luke Duggleby

Photographer
     
Dagestan
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Nationality: British
Biography: Luke Duggleby is an award-winning British freelance photographer who has been based in Bangkok, Thailand, for more than 15 years. Focusing on Asia, he has worked for some of the most globally respected media publications and NGO's producing... MORE
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Dagestan
Copyright Luke Duggleby 2022
Date of Work Dec 1969 - Ongoing
Updated Sep 2018
Location Dagestan
Topics Community, Documentary, Editorial, Environmental, Islam, Isolation, Landscape, Minority, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Travel
DAGESTAN

Located in the North Caucasus, bordering the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan and Chechnya, Dagestan is home to almost 3 million mostly Muslim population. A Republic of Russia, it is ethnically very diverse and made up of several dozen ethnic groups which create Russia's most heterogeneous republic, where no ethnicity forms a majority. 

Dagestan has had a turbulent history and until 2012 was subject to a violent Islamic separatist movement that spilled over from neighbouring Chechnya. Largely subdued by the Russian Government it earned a reputation for being dangerous and violent, a reputation that is compounded by a lack of visitors and up to date news. But there is an overall feeling of being neglected and forgotten and a frustration that its bad reputation still lingers.

Today Dagestan (which means Land of Mountains) is peaceful and remains one of Russia's untouched treasures. A place where moderate Islam mixes with age-old traditions and due to its relative isolation, this mountainous region has maintained traditional cultural practices that have been lost in many other parts of Russia.
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