Gerd Ludwig Photography



In the April issue of National Geographic Magazine USA (and some of the foreign language editions) Gerd Ludwig and writer Cathy Newman take an in-depth look at Crimea, a diamond shaped peninsula suspended from the south coast of Ukraine. Warm, lovely, lush, with a voluptuously curved coast, it was a jewel of Russia until Soviet leader Khrushchev transferred it to Ukraine in 1954. But mentally and emotionally, it still identifies with Russia. As Gerd Ludwig’s photographs reveal, the beautiful peninsula may be a tourists' haven, but struggles with a dual political identity and is home to both the small Ukrainian and the mighty Russian Black Sea Fleet.

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