Mongolia, the book on Kickstarter | only 4 days left (link to the page in my bio)
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It was only during my second trip in the winter of 2002 that I truly realized the potential there was in Mongolia, and the huge contrast it existed between winters and summers with the change of seasons and landscapes, along with the difficulties to shooting in the extreme cold. All of those challenges made this potential project even more interesting and attractive. I had then a 6-year plan to complete the book, but there was always another place to see, a season to cover, or some great portraits to shoot at a particular time of the year. It turned out to be only after 17 years that I would feel I had truly done due diligence and covered pretty much everything I had had in mind to see and photograph all those years. On this image, Hunter Kuantkhan Ologban and his eagle on their hunting ground in Shargobi. Altai village, Bayan Olgii Aimag.
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An image from my new book “Mongolia” about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. Foreword by #PicoIyer and art work by @mrwilley. Click on the link in the bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until October 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia #fredericlagrange #eaglehunter
@fredericlagrange Frédéric Lagrange
@fredericlagrange
Mongolia, the book on kickstarter | only 4 days left (link to the page in my bio)


it was only during my second trip in the winter of 2002 that i truly realized the potential there was in mongolia, and the huge contrast it existed between winters and summers with the change of seasons and landscapes, along with the difficulties to shooting in the extreme cold. all of those challenges made this potential project even more interesting and attractive. i had then a 6-year plan to complete the book, but there was always another place to see, a season to cover, or some great portraits to shoot at a particular time of the year. it turned out to be only after 17 years that i would feel i had truly done due diligence and covered pretty much everything i had had in mind to see and photograph all those years. on this image, hunter kuantkhan ologban and his eagle on their hunting ground in shargobi. altai village, bayan olgii aimag.


an image from my new book “mongolia” about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. foreword by #picoiyer and art work by @mrwilley. click on the link in the bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until october 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia #fredericlagrange #eaglehunter
1,252 6 13 hours ago
Mongolia, the book on Kickstarter | only 5 days left (link to the page in my bio)
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Portrait of young herders against a white paper backdrop. South of Khövsgöl Lake, 2006. It has been a lot of small decisions I made everyday over the years like
@fredericlagrange Frédéric Lagrange
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Mongolia, the book on kickstarter | only 5 days left (link to the page in my bio)


portrait of young herders against a white paper backdrop. south of khövsgöl lake, 2006. it has been a lot of small decisions i made everyday over the years like "do i buy a car or do i save for the project?’ or ‘do i go out with friends for dinner; or buy clothes; or do i save for a trip to mongolia?’ essentially, every extra dollar was given to the project. i funded the majority of the trips to mongolia myself beside a few times i was assigned to go to work for a magazine. all the commercial jobs i had nyc, i saved that money to work on the book. from all of the flights, to hiring my guide, drivers, paying local hotels, food, processing the film, and equipment, i funded everything. seen in that perspective, it can appear to have been a lot of sacrifices, but it did not feel like that to me as i really felt a sense of urgency to complete the project and make the book a reality. maybe that was related to the history of the country with my family, or a way to say thank you to those people and that country. —

an image from my new book “mongolia” about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. foreword by #picoiyer and art work by @mrwilley. click on the link in the bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until october 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia #fredericlagrange #buirlake
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Mongolia, the book on Kickstarter | only 6 days left (link to the page in my bio)
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Making stops as we traveled all around the country, we made hundreds of encounters, strangers who became friends, some life stories more memorable than others, sometime I shot a portrait, a small slice of life of what happened then. On this image, a portrait of a local herder I shot in Ulaangom, Western Mongolia
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An image from my new book “Mongolia” about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. Foreword by #PicoIyer and art work by @mrwilley. Click on the link in the bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until October 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia
@fredericlagrange Frédéric Lagrange
@fredericlagrange
Mongolia, the book on kickstarter | only 6 days left (link to the page in my bio)


making stops as we traveled all around the country, we made hundreds of encounters, strangers who became friends, some life stories more memorable than others, sometime i shot a portrait, a small slice of life of what happened then. on this image, a portrait of a local herder i shot in ulaangom, western mongolia
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an image from my new book “mongolia” about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. foreword by #picoiyer and art work by @mrwilley. click on the link in the bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until october 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia
1,108 12 2 days ago
Mongolia, the book on Kickstarter | Only one week left (link to the page in my bio)
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I took my first trip to Mongolia in late August 2001. There was not much happening back then and the country was not as popular or as documented as it is today. Just 11 years after the Berlin Wall had been torn down and all of the Soviet block had exploded, Mongolia was slowly waking up from those soporific decades spent under Soviet command and was slowly discovering democracy and capitalism. There was a lot of confusion and chaos in the capital city. I remember being very intrigued by the desolation some parts of the capital city displayed. The typical Soviet era architecture of the buildings was a particular visual fascination in its inhuman concealment. All of that, as a Westerner was a complete novelty. I could see and understand how a political regime could affect people’s every day life and psyche. That was fascinating. Then the drastic contrast once I drove only a few kilometers out of the city, where it was a natural glory. The Mongol countryside was the opposite of the whole linear organization of space and geometry that the Soviets had tried to inflict in the cities. Nothing was to be found there, and that was such a relief from the oppression of the cities. Once in the immense expanse of the countryside, I could see for miles and miles, in all directions. All around me it looked like a Rothko painting with three layers: the grassy ground, the remote mountain lines and finally the blue layer of the sky. All those elements made Mongolia a truly unique place I had never seen or experienced anywhere else in the world. On this image, camels grazing in the vast landscape near Üüreg lake, Western Mongolia
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An image from my new book “Mongolia” about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. Foreword by #PicoIyer and art work by @mrwilley. Click on the link in the bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until October 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia
@fredericlagrange Frédéric Lagrange
@fredericlagrange
Mongolia, the book on kickstarter | only one week left (link to the page in my bio)


i took my first trip to mongolia in late august 2001. there was not much happening back then and the country was not as popular or as documented as it is today. just 11 years after the berlin wall had been torn down and all of the soviet block had exploded, mongolia was slowly waking up from those soporific decades spent under soviet command and was slowly discovering democracy and capitalism. there was a lot of confusion and chaos in the capital city. i remember being very intrigued by the desolation some parts of the capital city displayed. the typical soviet era architecture of the buildings was a particular visual fascination in its inhuman concealment. all of that, as a westerner was a complete novelty. i could see and understand how a political regime could affect people’s every day life and psyche. that was fascinating. then the drastic contrast once i drove only a few kilometers out of the city, where it was a natural glory. the mongol countryside was the opposite of the whole linear organization of space and geometry that the soviets had tried to inflict in the cities. nothing was to be found there, and that was such a relief from the oppression of the cities. once in the immense expanse of the countryside, i could see for miles and miles, in all directions. all around me it looked like a rothko painting with three layers: the grassy ground, the remote mountain lines and finally the blue layer of the sky. all those elements made mongolia a truly unique place i had never seen or experienced anywhere else in the world. on this image, camels grazing in the vast landscape near üüreg lake, western mongolia
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an image from my new book “mongolia” about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. foreword by #picoiyer and art work by @mrwilley. click on the link in the bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until october 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia
2,157 35 3 days ago
When it came to the book’s design, Matt's Willey (@mrwilley) minimalist approach and mastery of typography was the perfect match. We have been collaborating over the years on magazines features for @Avauntmag and @Port_Magazine. The editing and book design took almost a year to complete. We started with 1600 images, which I edited over the years from 1261 rolls of film I shot. We edited down to 600, then 300 and at that stage I was just too close to all the images so I asked Matt to finalize everything according to the lay-out, art direction and narrative he had in mind. He came back to the studio and we laid down all the pairings and images he had selected on the studio floor. We spent entire days going through everything, moving images around, swapping and changing pairings to narrow the choice and finally came up with an edit of 185 pictures spread over 252 pages—that we both felt strongly about.
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My new book “Mongolia” is about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. Forewords by Pico Iyer. You can click on the link in my bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until October 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia #PicoIyer
@fredericlagrange Frédéric Lagrange
@fredericlagrange
When it came to the book’s design, matt's willey (@mrwilley ) minimalist approach and mastery of typography was the perfect match. we have been collaborating over the years on magazines features for @avauntmag and @port_magazine. the editing and book design took almost a year to complete. we started with 1600 images, which i edited over the years from 1261 rolls of film i shot. we edited down to 600, then 300 and at that stage i was just too close to all the images so i asked matt to finalize everything according to the lay-out, art direction and narrative he had in mind. he came back to the studio and we laid down all the pairings and images he had selected on the studio floor. we spent entire days going through everything, moving images around, swapping and changing pairings to narrow the choice and finally came up with an edit of 185 pictures spread over 252 pages—that we both felt strongly about.


my new book “mongolia” is about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. forewords by pico iyer. you can click on the link in my bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until october 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia #picoiyer
607 22 4 days ago
Mongolia, the book on Kickstarter | 09 more days (link to the page in my bio)
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A dog outside of his master's ger in the Gobi Desert, 2002. Even though animals are a big part of the Mongols' lives, they feel very little emotion toward them. Each animal serves a function. Dogs are a necessity and are simply there to keep the cattle together and to protect the camps against intruders or wolves.
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An image from my new book “Mongolia” about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. Foreword by #PicoIyer and art work by @mrwilley. Click on the link in the bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until October 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia #gobidesert #fredericlagrange
@fredericlagrange Frédéric Lagrange
@fredericlagrange
Mongolia, the book on kickstarter | 09 more days (link to the page in my bio)


a dog outside of his master's ger in the gobi desert, 2002. even though animals are a big part of the mongols' lives, they feel very little emotion toward them. each animal serves a function. dogs are a necessity and are simply there to keep the cattle together and to protect the camps against intruders or wolves.


an image from my new book “mongolia” about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. foreword by #picoiyer and art work by @mrwilley. click on the link in the bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until october 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia #gobidesert #fredericlagrange
575 1 5 days ago
Over the past few years I have had the chance to collaborate with author Pico Iyer on a few editorial assignments. With his decades of travel in Asia and his very deep and spiritual approach to writing, Pico was the only travel writer I felt could fully grasp in words the depth and impact Mongolia brings to visitors. The foreword text he wrote for my book does exactly this.
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My new book “Mongolia” is about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. You can click on the link in my bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until October 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia #PicoIyer
@fredericlagrange Frédéric Lagrange
@fredericlagrange
Over the past few years i have had the chance to collaborate with author pico iyer on a few editorial assignments. with his decades of travel in asia and his very deep and spiritual approach to writing, pico was the only travel writer i felt could fully grasp in words the depth and impact mongolia brings to visitors. the foreword text he wrote for my book does exactly this.


my new book “mongolia” is about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. you can click on the link in my bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until october 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia #picoiyer
511 22 6 days ago
Mongolia, the book on Kickstarter | 11 more days (link to the page in my bio)
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Mongols rarely drink water, but instead drink tea throughout the day. On this picture, a herder drinks tsai, the traditional tea made of milk, water, black tea leaves, and salt. Portrait against black fabric, Üüreg Lake, Uvs Aimag, 2004.
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An image from my new book “Mongolia” about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. Foreword by #PicoIyer and art work by @mrwilley. Click on the link in the bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until October 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia #uuregnuur
@fredericlagrange Frédéric Lagrange
@fredericlagrange
Mongolia, the book on kickstarter | 11 more days (link to the page in my bio)


mongols rarely drink water, but instead drink tea throughout the day. on this picture, a herder drinks tsai, the traditional tea made of milk, water, black tea leaves, and salt. portrait against black fabric, üüreg lake, uvs aimag, 2004.


an image from my new book “mongolia” about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. foreword by #picoiyer and art work by @mrwilley. click on the link in the bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until october 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia #uuregnuur
1,142 16 1 weeks ago
Working on this book project, I teamed up with the great author Pico Iyer. Here is my favorite part of the forewords he wrote for the book, which sums-up in such depth everything Mongolia brings to the visitors:
@fredericlagrange Frédéric Lagrange
@fredericlagrange
Working on this book project, i teamed up with the great author pico iyer. here is my favorite part of the forewords he wrote for the book, which sums-up in such depth everything mongolia brings to the visitors: "mongolia, in its mysterious way, sweeps all fleetingness aside. you’re in a world that feels outside of time, though never ungrounded. the only realities that count are natural ones: snowfall, drought, dust storms, wolves. you’re back, really, in who you were and how you lived before you accreted layers of extraneousness. in a world flooded with distraction and information, mongolia returns one to something essential, even ancestral, deep within. the clock disappears, and one’s days turn into an ageless cycle of random moments, scanning of the heavens, simple meals, long journeys. one sees how nomadism is in one’s blood, even at a time that likes to call itself “global.”


on this image, a full moon rising over a frozen pond near buir lake in eastern mongolia, from my new book “mongolia” about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. click on the link in my bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until october 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia #picoiyer
1,715 35 2 weeks ago
Mongolia, the book on Kickstarter | 14 more days (link to the page in my bio)
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One of the most scenic and serene place in Western Mongolia, the beautiful Tolbo lake in the Bayan Ölgii Province. The next time you drive the 140 something miles between the city of Olgii to the city of Khovd, 40 miles after you have left Olgii, you will pass a large lake on your right side, rather difficult to see from the newly built and randomly used concrete road. Make a right at once and drive through the dirt track toward that lake. Head toward the low hill on the edge of the lake. Stop the car at the bottom of that hill and climb the 15 minutes walk toward the highest point. Have a seat on the large boulder at the top, crowning the hill (you can't miss it): This is the view you will have of Tolbo lake on a late cloudy afternoon if you go in Spring, to my opinion, one of the most beautiful and serene sight in that part of Mongolia. You will be your own judge. —
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An image from my new book “Mongolia” about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. Foreword by #PicoIyer and art work by @mrwilley. Click on the link in the bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until October 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia #Tolbo
@fredericlagrange Frédéric Lagrange
@fredericlagrange
Mongolia, the book on kickstarter | 14 more days (link to the page in my bio)


one of the most scenic and serene place in western mongolia, the beautiful tolbo lake in the bayan ölgii province. the next time you drive the 140 something miles between the city of olgii to the city of khovd, 40 miles after you have left olgii, you will pass a large lake on your right side, rather difficult to see from the newly built and randomly used concrete road. make a right at once and drive through the dirt track toward that lake. head toward the low hill on the edge of the lake. stop the car at the bottom of that hill and climb the 15 minutes walk toward the highest point. have a seat on the large boulder at the top, crowning the hill (you can't miss it): this is the view you will have of tolbo lake on a late cloudy afternoon if you go in spring, to my opinion, one of the most beautiful and serene sight in that part of mongolia. you will be your own judge. —

an image from my new book “mongolia” about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. foreword by #picoiyer and art work by @mrwilley. click on the link in the bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until october 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia #tolbo
1,522 19 2 weeks ago
A flight attendant gazes outside of a Fokker airplane window during a break, as we fly above the hilly part of central Mongolia, 2001. The entire book was shot on #kodak negative film, 1261 rolls in total.
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An image from my new book “Mongolia” about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. Foreword by #PicoIyer. You can click on the link in the bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until October 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia
@fredericlagrange Frédéric Lagrange
@fredericlagrange
A flight attendant gazes outside of a fokker airplane window during a break, as we fly above the hilly part of central mongolia, 2001. the entire book was shot on #kodak negative film, 1261 rolls in total.


an image from my new book “mongolia” about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. foreword by #picoiyer. you can click on the link in the bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until october 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia
1,289 23 2 weeks ago
Mongolia, the book on Kickstarter | 16 more days, officially half way through (link to the page in my bio)
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A man is slowly approaching a truck that collapsed through the ice of the frozen Khövsgöl lake early that day. At sunset, when temperatures dropped and the ice was solid once more, help arrived. Diesel-powered trucks and vodka-fueled men hauled the sunken trailer out of the lake. The only light we had came from the truck’s headlights and the moon. The rescue was an example of the incredible resilience and determination I have so often seen and admired in the Mongol people.
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An image from my new book “Mongolia” about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. Foreword by #PicoIyer and art work by @mrwilley. You can click on the link in the bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until October 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia #Khövsgöl
@fredericlagrange Frédéric Lagrange
@fredericlagrange
Mongolia, the book on kickstarter | 16 more days, officially half way through (link to the page in my bio)


a man is slowly approaching a truck that collapsed through the ice of the frozen khövsgöl lake early that day. at sunset, when temperatures dropped and the ice was solid once more, help arrived. diesel-powered trucks and vodka-fueled men hauled the sunken trailer out of the lake. the only light we had came from the truck’s headlights and the moon. the rescue was an example of the incredible resilience and determination i have so often seen and admired in the mongol people.
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an image from my new book “mongolia” about to be released after working on the project for the past 17 years. 185 images spread over 252 pages, shot over 13 month-long trips. foreword by #picoiyer and art work by @mrwilley. you can click on the link in the bio to purchase a copy of the book or a print at a discounted price on #kickstarter until october 25th #mongoliathebook #mongolia #khövsgöl
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