FRÉDÉRIC LAGRANGE Pho­tographed “Mon­go­lia,” p. 120

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Ac­claimed New York–based French pho­tog­ra­pher Lagrange’s de­but photo book is the cul­mi­na­tion of a 17-year-long per­sonal pro­ject to cap­ture the beauty of Mon­go­lia’s var­ied land­scapes and the peo­ple who in­habit them. “I be­came hooked on Mon­go­lia when I was a kid,” he says. “In 2001, I made my first trip, just to get a glimpse. This was fol­lowed by 13 more over the years—month-long ex­cur­sions dur­ing which I cap­tured a coun­try un­der­go­ing great change.” The re­sult is Mon­go­lia, a 252-page vol­ume of stun­ning pho­to­graphs, just a few of which are show­cased in this is­sue. “I hope the pho­to­graphs in this book will awaken a cu­rios­ity in all who see them. Mon­go­lia has so much to of­fer the trav­eler—not only to seek­ers of beauty, but also to any­one on a spir­i­tual quest who will find in the mid­dle of its vast, ma­jes­tic land­scapes an in­tense call back to the present mo­ment, some­thing very few places on earth have the power to do.”

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