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Whisper of the Stars opens at the Horniman

From Saturday 8 March 2014 visitors to the Horniman can browse a new photography exhibition portraying the traditional life of indigenous peoples across the remote Russian Arctic.

  • Whisper of the Stars, Nenya Vanuito, a young Nenets girl. Yamal, north west Siberia (2011)− © Bryan Alexander
    Nenya Vanuito, a young Nenets girl. Yamal, north west Siberia (2011)

Taken by British photographer Bryan Alexander, Whisper of the Stars displays 40 photographs reveals aspects of the lives of the Chukchi, Dolgan, Even, Khanty, Komi, Nenets, and Nganasan people, showing how they live today in their native communities, their traditional camps, transportation and dress as well as activities such as herding, hunting and fishing.

  • Whisper of the Stars, Nenets draught reindeer graze during a rest stop on their autumn migration. Yamal, north west Siberia. (1993)− © Bryan Alexander
    Nenets draught reindeer graze during a rest stop on their autumn migration. Yamal, north west Siberia. (1993)

This series of striking images includes a herd of 1,000 reindeer being driven across the tundra in Khanty Mansiysk; the Northern Lights over a Nenets reindeer herders camp and Khanty women in traditional dress in Pitlyar.

  • Whisper of the Stars, Northern lights, (Aurora borealis), over a Nenets reindeer herders camp. Yamal, north west Siberia. (2001)− © Bryan Alexander
    Northern lights, (Aurora borealis), over a Nenets reindeer herders camp. Yamal, north west Siberia. (2001)

The name of the exhibition, Whisper of the Stars, comes from Sakha Republic (Yakutia) in Eastern Siberia, where the extreme winter cold creates a strange phenomenon.

  • Whisper of the Stars, Nenya Vanuito, Nenets girl, approaches a reindeer at her family's winter camp on the tundra near Tambey. Yamal, north west Siberia. (2011)− © Bryan Alexander
    Nenya Vanuito, Nenets girl, approaches a reindeer at her family's winter camp on the tundra near Tambey. Yamal, north west Siberia. (2011)

Whisper of the Stars is a free exhibition, open on the Horniman's Balcony Gallery from Saturday 8 March until Sunday 7 September 2014.

You can find more of Bryan's work on the website www.arcticphoto.com