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Then and Now Project

Bryan Alexander has photographed in indigenous communities around the Arctic every year since 1971.

During the past few years, Bryan has been working on a new project, ‘Then & Now.’ This has involved him revisiting Arctic communities that he first worked in many years ago and re-photographing people. Some of them are Inuit hunters he travelled with on journeys by dog sled in Greenland, others are reindeer herders he met on migrations in Siberia. Some were young children at remote camps on the tundra when Bryan first photographed them.

Pairing up the early photographs of people with the recent images of them makes an intriguing and unique set of portraits that illustrate some of the changes that have taken place in their lives and in their communities.


Yamal – Siberia


(left) Albina Rocheva, a Nenets teenage girl photographed at her family's summer camp on the tundra in 2000. (Right) Albina photographed in 2017 at the studio where she works as a TV presenter in Nadym. Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Russia
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(left) Christina Serotetto, a young Nenets girl photographed at a reindeer herder's corral in 1993. (Right) Christina photographed in 2017 in the office where she works as a lawyer in Salekhard. Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Russia
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(left) Oleysya Serotetto, a Nenets teenage girl photographed at a reindeer herder's summer camp in 1993. (Right) Oleysya photographed in 2017 in the hospital where she works as a nurse in Yar-Sale. Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Russia
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(left) Alexei Serotetto, a young Nenets boy, photographed holding a fish at a reindeer herders' summer camp in 1993. (Right) Alexei photographed in 2017 in Yar-Sale where he is the director of the Kharp reindeer herders' cooperative. Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Russia
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(left) Valla Serotetto, a teenage Nenets girl photographed while cooking at a reindeer herder's camp in 1993. (Right) Valla photographed in 2017 unloading the dishwasher at her home in Yar-Sale. Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Russia
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(left) Anastasia Puyko a Nenets woman with her baby daughter, Elvira, in a cradle. Photographed inside a Nenets reindeer skin tent in 1996. (Right) Anastasia with Elvira in the hospital at Yar-Sale where she works as a nurse, photographed in 2017. Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Russia
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(left) Galya Serotetto, a Nenets woman, photographed during a Spring reindeer migration in 1993. (Right) Galya photographed in 2019 inside her family's reindeer skin tent. Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Russia
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(left) Sergey Serotetto, a Nenets reindeer herder, photographed in 1993. (Right) Sergey photographed in 2019 walking amongst his family's reindeer. Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Russia
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(left) Sasha Serotetto, a Nenets reindeer herder, photographed in 1993 as he checked his fishing net. (Right) Sasha, photographed in 2017, at his desk as the director of the Yarsalinsky State Farm in Yar-Sale. Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Russia
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(left) Alexandre Serotetto, a Nenets reindeer herder, photographed in 1996 at his winter camp. (Right) Alexandre photographed in 2019 amongst his family's reindeer. Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Russia
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(left) Neseynya Serotetto, a young Nenets girl, photographed in 1993 at her family's winter camp. (Right) Neseynya, photographed in Yar-Sale in 2018, where she works as the director of a Nenets cultural park. Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Russia
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(left) Leova Serotetto, a Nenets reindeer herder, photographed in 1993 through the window of his family's reindeer skin tent at their winter camp. (Right) Leova photographed in 2017 holding a dead wolverine he killed near his family's reindeer herd. Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Russia
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(Left) Sovietskaya Street in the Nenets village of Yar-Sale in 1993. (Right) Sovietskaya Street photographed from the same position in 2017. Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Russia
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Avanersuaq – North Greenland


(left) Magssanguak Imina, an Inuit boy doing a traditional string puzzle called the tent in 1971. (Right) Magssanguak doing the same string puzzle 48 years later in 2019. Qaanaaq, Northwest Greenland.
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(Left) Eqilana Simigaq, a young Inuit woman,wearing traditional clothing of the Thule region, carrying her young son, Peter, photographed in 1980. (Right) Eqilana photographed in 2019 inside the Lutheran church in Qaanaaq where she is the Priest. Northwest Greenland.
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(Left) Thomas Qujaukitsoq, an Inuit boy, photographed in 1971 at a hunting camp near Qaanaaq. (Right) Thomas photographed in 2019 with 'Pluto' one of his dog team that he uses for hunting in the winter months. Qaanaaq, Northwest Greenland
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(Left) Sofie Jensen, a young Inuit girl from Qaanaaq, wearing a fox fur hood photographed in 1987. (Right) Sofie photographed on the beach at Qaanaaq in 2008. She is wearing the traditional woman's clothing of the Thule region of Northwest Greenland.
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(Left) Otto Simigaq, an Inuit teenager photographed in 1977 during a tea break while out hunting with his father.(Right) Otto photographed near Qaanaaq in 2019. Northwest Greenland.
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(left) Qajoranguaq Alatak, an Inuit boy, photographed in 1980 on a dog sled while out hunting with his father.(Right) Qajoranguaq, out hunting in his boat during the autumn in 2019. Northwest Greenland.
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(left) Qarkutsiaq Kristiansen, an Inuit hunter, out seal hunting in his boat during the autumn of 1987.(Right) Qarkutsiaq, working at his job at the Pilersuisoq shop in Qaanaaq in 2019. Northwest Greenland.
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(Left) Saufak kiviok, an Inuit woman, hangs up a sealskin to dry at a hunting camp at Narsarssuk in 1980. (Right) Saufak inside her come at Qaanaaq. Northwest Greenland.
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(Left) Qitdlaq Duneq,an Inuit hunter, out hunting in his sealskin kayak in Inglefield Fiord in 1977. (Right) Qitdlaq photographed in Qaanaaq in 2019. Northwest Greenland.
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(Left) a portrait of Arnanguaq Qujaukitsok, a young Inuit girl, wearing a traditional fox fur hood in 1998. (Right) Arnanguaq photographed in 2019 wearing a store bought parka in Qaanaaq. Northwest Greenland,
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(Left) Ituko, an Inuit hunter from Moriussaq, photographed while out walrus hunting in the polar night in 1980. (Right) Ituko's grave in Moriussaq. Photographed after his death in an accident while travelling by dog sled on thin sea ice in 1990. Northwest Greenland.
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Numto - Siberia


(Left) Andrey Moldanov, a Khanty reindeer herder from Numto photographed out on the tundra in 2000. (right) Andrey Moldanov photographed outside his home in Numto in 2020. Khanty Mansiysk, Northwest Siberia, Russia
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(left) Sveta Pyak, a Khanty woman, photographed out on the tundra with three of her draught reindeer in 2000. (right) Sveta Pyak, photographed with 'Ava' a pet reindeer, photographed near Numto in 2020. Khanty Mansiysk, Northwest Siberia, Russia
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(left) Vassilly Pyak, a Forest Nenets reindeer herder, photographed in 2000. (right) Vassilly Pyak, photographed photographed near Numto in 2020. Khanty Mansiysk, Northwest Siberia, Russia
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(left) Vikka Pyak, a Forest Nenets teenage girl, resting during a journey by reindeer sled, photographed in 2000. (right) Vikka Pyak, photographed photographed at Numto in 2020. Khanty Mansiysk, Northwest Siberia, Russia
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