Striking Photos of the World’s Nomads

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Dutch photographer Jeroen Toirkens has traveled the edges of Greenland, Russia, Mongolia, Turkey, and Morocco, from the desert tribe lands to the ice-covered towns, documenting the nomadic people that dwell in these places, far from metropolitan realities, always traveling. The photographer’s full color and black and white captures reveal these societies’ daily lives and bonds, the isolated, quiet, severe landscapes and those details: a withered crossword puzzle on the table next to gutted meat and the television dish outside a hut. Gathered in the gorgeous 150-photo tome Nomad and spotted by Brain Pickings, see these striking photos in our gallery.

Zuun Taiga, Mongolia, 2007. Photo credit: Jeroen Toirkens

Innuiet East, 2009. Photo credit: Jeroen Toirkens

Baruun Taiga, Mongolia, 2004. Photo credit: Jeroen Toirkens

Altai Mountains, Russia, 2006. Photo credit: Jeroen Toirkens

Kola Sami, Russia, 2006. Photo credit: Jeroen Toirkens

Nenets, Russia, 2005. Photo credit: Jeroen Toirkens

Nenets, Russia, 2005. Photo credit: Jeroen Toirkens

Gobi Desert, Mongolia, 2007. Photo credit: Jeroen Toirkens

Kola Sami, Russia, 2006. Photo credit: Jeroen Toirkens

Zuun Taiga, Mongolia, 2007. Photo credit: Jeroen Toirkens

Zuun Taiga, Mongolia, 2007. Photo credit: Jeroen Toirkens

Berbers, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco, 2002. Photo credit: Jeroen Toirkens

Kazakh, Altai Mountains, Russia, 2004. Photo credit: Jeroen Toirkens

Nenets, Russia, 2005. Photo credit: Jeroen Toirkens

Tiniteqilaaq, Greenland, 2009. Photo credit: Jeroen Toirkens

Innuit East, 2009. Photo credit: Jeroen Toirkens

Sami, Karesuvanto, Finland, 2001. Photo credit: Jeroen Toirkens