Daesung Lee’s photo series “Futuristic Archaeology” visualizes the threat climate change poses to Mongolia’s traditional nomadic culture. As global warming takes its course, the country’s once-lush land becomes increasingly arid. According to a Mongolian government survey, hundreds of lakes and rivers have dried out and 25% of the territory has turned into desert in the past 30 years. Mongolia’s nomadic people, who comprise about 35% of the population, haven’t fared well with these changes, as they depend on the land for their livelihood.
Daesung Lee is a Korean photographer who’s been featured in everything from the Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN, and The Creator’s Project to exhibitions in Korea, the U.K., Slovakia, Germany and Croatia. Studying at the Photography Department, Art College of Chung-Ang University, South Korea, he has been creating and having his work featured since 2007. His work focuses on environmental-conscious causes and the people within these environment and communities that must deal with the effects of human presence on the earth and the detrimental effects they have on nature and their collective communities.
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