The N2 photography series will use Twentieth Century print media to showcase images from that era. The unique experience of viewing illustrations on paper was a hallmark of Twentieth Century mass pubication and became the standard method by which millions of people became familiar with the world beyond their own towns. Newspapers, magazines, advertising and textbooks all used black and white photography to such a wide extent that people learned to ignore the limitations and feel a direct connection to the scenes depicted. What now seem like quaint, distant artifacts from a more clumsy age were in their time, the epitomy of communication. N2 photography aims to recreate that feeling of connectedness, and to repropose the newsprint photograph as a viable aesthetic experience.
The 1990s proved to be a challenging time for Uzbekistan and all of Central Asia. Not only did the economics of communism leave the country impoverished and ill placed in the modern world, but also with an irrelevant social structure as well. What would replace the Soviet ideals, hierarchies and values, all based on failed European models? This land of ancient traditions came out of the Soviet era with a sense that its bonds to its native Uzbek culture had been severly damaged by 70 years of Bolshevik rule. There was a feeling among much of the Uzbek elite that traditional bonds needed to be reinforced, while at the same time, a new modern identity had to be created. When Dominic Ambrose visited the country in 1997, as part of the government's UMID scholarship program, these new goals were being implemented as state policy, and the effects were everywhere.