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August 1 through October 18, 2015
“Traditions on the Edge
Photographs of Mongolia and Myanmar by Richard Lindekens
Opening Reception: Saturday August 1, 4 to 6 pm

Chin womanDebuting August 1 at Elverhøj Museum of History and Art is “Traditions on the Edge,” a new art exhibition featuring photographs of Myanmar and Mongolia by Richard Lindekens. From the elaborately inked faces of the Chin women of Burma to nomadic Kazakhs and the symbiosis between hunters on horseback and their majestic raptors, Lindekens’ stunning photographs capture these wonderfully unique cultures and centuries of tradition.

The public is invited to meet the photographer and celebrate at the opening reception on Saturday August 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. Light appetizers and beverages will be served. There is no charge for admission.

At the young age of 16, Lindekens harnessed the skills of a pilot and was captivated by “the view from up there.” He flew medivac helicopters in Vietnam and went on to private corporate and eventual commercial airline piloting. His work took him to many foreign locations including Southeast Asia and China where he piloted one of the first three planes to enter after Nixon opened relations to the country in 1972.

Now retired from flying, Lindekens continues to call on his inspiration in the possibilities of adventurous travel. Captivated with cultures he visited during his military service and in 40 plus years of being a pilot, his innate curiosity led him to remote points along the map where he always made time to interview the local people he met along the way. The friendships made while traveling around the world created a special network of interpreters and guides that eventually helped him to photograph the people and traditions of Mongolia and Myanmar beginning in 2008.

“You don’t just fly into Mongolia” says Lindekens, who knows that a trip to reach the Altai Mountains to photograph the eagle hunters means enduring long flights on “old puddle jumper” aircraft, days of driving across the Gobi Desert (sometimes traversing by camel), electric bus rides, rented river taxis and back-breaking 6-hour trips along mountainous dirt roads in Russian Jeeps. “In the villages this is really where rapid modernization threatens their identity and way of life,” he states.


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