Back-packing across the tourist trail in South-East Asia and Australia is the norm these days, but loading up an old truck and driving a roughly-sketched route from Switzerland to Mongolia is something quite different.
En route to their eventual end point of the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, long-term photography partners Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs covered a vast amount of ground, traversing Eurasia, Central Asia, the Himalayas, Siberia, the Stan Republics, and the former Soviet Union. Not only did they encounter a wealth of staggering vistas, but they also captured the people and locations caught between times, be they in the midst of political upheaval or evolutionary modernisation. It is these moments that surface throughout their new forthcoming book, Continental Drift, compiled of stirring photographs taken over a three-year period, from 2013-2016.
The book comes off the back of their exhibition EURASIA, which has been nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2017 and which will be displayed alongside fellow nominees at the Photographers’ Gallery, London until June 2017. To launch the exhibition, both Onorato and Krebs will discuss their work with artist Jason Evans on Saturday 4th March, which will no doubt illuminate the stories and memories of their photographic expedition across Eurasia.
All images by Taiyo Onorato/Nico Krebs. Pre-order Continental Drift here, out soon with Edition Patrick Frey.