Marco Van Duyvendijk has produced an attractive and varied look at the people of Mongolia. He shows both rural nomads, industrial & mining workers, and goth (or is that punk?)urban youth. (The latter blew me away - it IS a global village). A pajama-clad woman nursing her baby, such as might be seen almost anywhere, is next to a picture of two babies, wrapped in the traditional swaddling. It is always tricky portraying a country that is exotic to the intended audience - the quaint and colorful are attractive, but not necessarily a realistic view of the society.
Part of Van Duyvendijk's success is that he is such a good portraitist. Shots of goth youths might startle, or one might wonder why one is looking at what one could see at home, but his subjects are interesting and alive as people, not simply as scenery. His pictures of contortionists at the circus school combine amazing action shots of what the children can do, with winning portraits.
Very different from most of my picture books on Mongolia, and well worth seeing.