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Portfolio of photographs by Chloe Dewe Mathews from the series Caspian: The Elements

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A portfolio of ten c-type colour photographic prints in a buckram case. From the series Caspian: The Elements by Chloe Dewe Mathews. With a signed certificate of authenticity by the photographer, dated 2021. Edition 1 of 10.

Comprises: 1. Crude oil reservoir; Naftalan, Azerbaijan, 2010; 2. A young woman bathes in crude oil at the sanitorium town of Naftalan; Naftalan, Azerbaijan, 2010; 3. Albina Visilova, a regular visitor to the Naftalan Sanitorium; Naftalan, Azerbaijan, 2010; 4. A journalist from Baku visits Naftalan to be treated for prostate problems; Naftalan, Azerbaijan, 2010; 5. Patient at Gashalti, one of the new wave of luxury spa hotels in Naftalan; Naftalan, Azerbaijan, 2010; 6. Yunar Dag, the eternally burning mountainside; Absheron district, Azerbaijan, 2012; 7. Zoroastrian priests conduct a ceremony at the Tehran Fire Temple; Tehran, Iran, 2015; 8. A woman and her granddaughter sit on the artificial seawall, a few yards from the Iranian border; Astara, Azerbaijan, 2010; 9. Fishermen cut holes in the frozen river on the outskirts of the city; Astrakhan, Russia, 2012.


  • Creation: 2010-2021


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Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 21624 Photogr.

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 21624


A portfolio of photographs from the series Caspian: The Elements by Chloe Dewe Mathews. Taken between 2010 and 2015 in Iran, Southern Russia and Azerbaijan, as part of a body of work that took the photographer around the communities and towns around the Caspian. Dewe Mathews also visited Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. Her work shows how everyday life in the region is tangled with the sea, and surrounding land, and rich mineral resources. She found lives driven by seven key geopolitical elements – Oil, Water, Gas, Fire, Rock, Salt, and Uranium.

Biographical / Historical

Chloe Dewe Mathews is a British documentary photographer. Between 2010 and 2015 she photographed the people and places around the shores of the Caspian Sea. Her photographs document the people’s relationship with the sea, and surrounding land, and rich mineral resources.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Chloe Dewe Mathews in 2021

Catalogue of Caspian: The Elements by Chloe Dewe Mathews
Phillip Roberts
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
First edition

Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom