When photographer Stefan Passe visited Mongolia in 1913, the country had only recently declared its independence from China in the wake of the collapse of the Qing Dynasty. It would take years for the idea of its autonomy to really take hold; meanwhile, the area came under Soviet protection, and in turn, political influence, before eventually becoming the Mongolian People's Republic in 1924.
Stefan Passe captured timely a society on the brink of massive change in these stunning pops of color.
|A hunter in the vicinity of Urga|
|A street in Urga|
|A woman sentenced to death by starvation|
|Carriage of Stefan Passe between Kykhta and Urga|
|Gonchigjalzangiin Badamdor (an early 20th century Mongolian religious figure) in the vicinity of the Yellow Palace, Urga|
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