On the 10th March 2010 a new photographic exhibition entitled, “Tashkent – the History of One City”, will be held at Jesus College Cambridge in association with The Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in London, the British Council, the British-Uzbek Society and the Cambridge Central Asia Forum. The exhibition, which will last until the 20th March, focuses on the city of Tashkent, often referred to as the pearl in the necklace of Central Asian cities. The city is both ancient and modern, sitting as the capital of Uzbekistan, and is positioned such that it has been enriched over time by different languages, cultures myths and legends.

The exhibition consists of around 80 photographs selected from an album with the same title and published by the Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan Foundation jointly with UNESCO in honour of the 2200th anniversary of the Uzbek capital. The exhibition covers Tashkent across several time periods since the dawn of photography in the region in around the 19th century. The photographs were selected by Prof Gulnara Karimova, Mr Boris Golender, Ms Shahnoza Karimbabaeva, Mr Sergei Abaturov and Mr Rinat Karimov. For over a
year this group studied, collected and selected the rarest shots from the history of the capital. The current exhibition includes photographs from three periods: “The old city from the late 19th century until 1918”; “The new city from the late 19th century until 1918” and “Modern Tashkent”. These photographs clearly illustrate the changes that have occurred in Tashkent’s appearance in just over a century.