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These Photos Take You Inside Uzbekistan's Secret Party Scene

“Sometimes it’s an overcrowded party in the kitchen of a tiny Soviet apartment.”

Uzbek photographer Stanislav Magay describes partying in Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent as “the story about young guys and girls hanging out and having fun.” It sounds like a relatively universal commentary on youth culture, until you realize that in a city where clubs, bars and even cinemas are routinely monitored by police, there’s a whole lot more at stake.

Partying usually take place as kvartirniki, small flat parties in friends’ apartments. Magay has been on hand to document these parties in the capital which can range from small intimate gatherings to larger yard parties. He captures them in their intimacy and uniqueness.  Check out some of our favorites below. You can check out more of Stanislav Magay’s images over at Calvert Journal here.


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