About

Fabian Muir is an Australian-born photographer based in Sydney and Berlin. Amongst other publications, his work has appeared in Vogue Entertaining + Travel, Black + White Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, Ampersand Magazine, Studio Magazine, The Age and The Guardian. His short film Holiday in Abkhazia won the award for best screenplay at the Strasbourg International Film Festival in 2009. He also contributes regular features and photographs to ESPNcricinfo.com and has written for Wisden.

Aside from the long-term project 'Blue Burqa in a Sunburnt Country,' the main focus of this website is on the countries and de facto republics of of the former Soviet Union. With the aid of a Russian grammar book and some hardy travel companions, what started as a simple curiosity has developed over the years into a fascination, love and passion. These countries uplift, frustrate, stimulate, depress and inspire in equal measure. Almost always, however, there is beauty to be found in the most unexpected forms and most unexpected places.

The majority of the images on this website were taken in:
  • The Russian Federation
  • Uzbekistan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Ukraine
  • Republic of Abkhazia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Georgia
  • Tajikistan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Armenia
  • Estonia
  • Lithuania
  • Belarus
  • Nagorno Karabakh Republic
  • The territory of the former German Democratic Republic