Matthew Webb, ‘Organic by design (Valley of Nissa, Turkmenistan)’, 2010, Pushkin House

Series: Carbon Journey.

Signature: Signed on verso.

Image rights: © Matthew Webb. All rights reserved.

Moscow Manege; Russian State Darwin (Natural History) Museum; Russian State Vodokanal Museum; Anichkova Palace; Central Hall Minsk; British Embassy Moscow; British Ambassador's Residence Moscow; Pushkin House London.

The earthquake that levelled much of Ashgabat in 1948 measured 7.3 on the Moment Magnitude scale. Yet the old valley of Nissa on the outskirts of the city, home to archaeological relics from one of the world’s earliest civilizations, made of organic materials (soil derived granular material of a grain size between sand and clay and prepared with additives such as animal dung and straw) survived.

Direct from the author.

About Matthew Webb

Documentary photographer Matthew Webb has examined a diverse range of subject matter, from globalization, Soviet space exploration, and the confrontation between the urban and the rural, to personal narratives of individual families or communities. Working predominantly in black-and- white—to foreground the human experience rather than the play of color and light—he has captured images in the United Kingdom, Yemen, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and China. Primarily fascinated by the tension between modernization and tradition, Webb searches for the common experiences between disparate places.

British , b. 1980, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, based in Brasília - Federal District, Brazil