Elaine Ling – Mongolia: Land of the Deer Stone

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Elaine Ling – Mongolia: Land of the Deer Stone

$95.00



Printed By SALTO in 600-line screen quadtone.
86 reproductions, 156 pages
13″ x 11 ½”

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elaine-lingDuring the thirteenth century, Mongol warriors under their legendary leader Chinggis Khan established a vast Eurasian empire through great wars of conquest. Some seven hundred years later their descendents still inhabit the high plains, deserts, and mountains that make up the Alaska-sized country that is contemporary Mongolia. While almost a million people live in the capital Ulaanbaatar, many other Mongolians choose to maintain the ancient nomadic traditions of their ancestors. For them, home is a felt tent, and the most treasured possession is a really good horse.

From 2002 through 2008, the exuberant desert traveler and photographer Elaine Ling made five trips to Mongolia’s Gobi Desert to find and photograph the Deer Stones, Turkic Stones, and the shamanistic stone markers called ovoos, that are scattered across Mongolia’s desert vastness. Her photographs and writing about the land and the nomads who live there tell the story of a desert world where shamans still converse with spirits and where ancient forms of Buddhism are enjoying a resurgence after years of Soviet suppression. Mongolia is truly a land of mystery and magic.

Accompanying Elaine Ling’s superb photographs and engaging essays are a Foreword by Dr. Alison Devine Nordstrom, George Eastman House Curator of Photographs, scholarly essays about the Mongolian nomads and about the Deer Stones by Dr. William W. Fitzhugh, Director of the Arctic Study Center, Smithsonian Institution, and an essay on the history and revival of Buddhism in Mongolia by Thubten Konchog Norbu, Director of the Kunzang Palyal Choling Temple’s Mongolian Buddhist Revival Project.

Elaine Ling is an exuberant adventurer, traveler, and photographer who is most at home backpacking her view camera across the great deserts of the world and sleeping under the stars. Born in Hong Kong, Elaine Ling has lived in Canada since the age of nine. Upon arrival in Canada, Elaine was exhilarated by the freedom of space and began her attraction to Stone and places of Nature. She studied the piano, the cello and medicine. Since receiving her medical degree from the University of Toronto, she has practiced family medicine among various First Nations peoples in Canada’s North and Pacific Northwest as well as on the other side of the world, in Abu Dhabi and Nepal.

Seeking the solitude of deserts and abandoned architectures of ancient cultures, Elaine Ling has explored the shifting equilibrium between nature and the man-made across four continents. Photographing in the deserts of Mongolia, Namibia, Timbuktu, Madagascar, North Africa, India, South America, Australia, American Southwest; the citadels of Persepolis, Petra, Cappadocia, Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat, Great Zimbabwe, Abu Simbel; and the Buddhist centres of Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Tibet, and Bhutan; she has captured that dialogue.

Ling’s photographs, widely exhibited and published, are in the permanent collections of numerous museum and private collections including the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France; Fotografie Forum International, Frankfurt, Germany; Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark; Centro Portugues de Fotografia, Porto, Portugal; Scavi Scaligeri International Centre of Photography, Verona, Italy; Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium; Fototeca de Cuba, Havana; Lishui Museum of Photography; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Brooklyn Museum, New York; SE Museum of photography, Florida, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. Her international publications include work in View Camera, Photo Technique International, The Polaroid Book, Italian Zoom Magazine, Orion Magazine, Viktor Magazine, BMJ and Aperture.

When not photographing, Dr. Ling practices family medicine in Toronto and plays cello in Orchestra Toronto, a community orchestra.

Regular Hardbound Edition of 1000 Copies
Printed By SALTO in 600-line screen quadtone.
148 reproductions, 180 pages
13″ x 11 ½”

ISBN-13: 978-1–888899–57–3

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