Maxime Crozet’s Journey to China’s Borders

Born in 1985, Maxime Crozet is an audiovisual technician. In 2007, with a thirst for freedom and escape, he embarked on a two-year travel around the world, alone, travelling as much as possible by overland. At the beginning of 2011, he took the road again and traveled through Europe and the Middle East for nine months, before touring the Black Continent for sixteen months.
Since then, he has continued his travels towards various horizons, often for many months…

It is during his many travels that his passion for photography developed, until taking a central place in his way of exploring the world.
Humans are always at the heart of Maxime’s photographic work, and he sublimates them through portraits full of emotions.

This is his last trip he is sharing with us: For several weeks, he explored Xinjiang (literally: “new frontier”), an autonomous territory in northwest China that is home to many ethnic minorities.

Maxime explains that “for the major ethnic group, the Han, Xinjiang is a sort of’great West’, like the American Far West, and represents the new frontier, which will be revived to create the new Beijing Silk Road.”

Discover the superb images brought back from this adventure, and travel through the faces and landscapes captured by Maxime.

Find Maxime’s work on his website.
Playful child on a bus on the road to the Karakorum
Playful child on a bus on the road to the Karakorum ©Maxime Crozet
Road between Kucha and Hotan which crosses the Taklamakan desert, known as the "Sea of Death"
Road between Kucha and Hotan which crosses the Taklamakan desert, known as the “Sea of Death”.
©Maxime Crozet
Rider on the edge of the Pamir
Rider on the edge of the Pamir
©Maxime Crozet
A man dresses his son in an embroidered doppa, the traditional cap
A man dresses his son in an embroidered doppa, the traditional cap
©Maxime Crozet
Two Tajik women huddle together
©Maxime Crozet
A horde of horsemen appears on the horizon, in the Karakorum massif
A horde of horsemen appears on the horizon, in the Karakorum massif
©Maxime Crozet