Mongolia – the land of Genghis Khan and nomads. In addition to tradition and simplicity, members of the upper class in Ulan Bator enjoy a luxurious life-style – though they are not at ease in front of the camera.
For his reportage on the lives of Ulan Bator’s High Society, photographer Sven Zellner visited the city’s Velvet Club – one of the most exclusive venues in the Mongolian capital. The doormen, who resembled former heavy-weight wrestlers, asked that Zellner hand over his Leica M to the cloakroom attendant. He attempted to take some inconspicuous photographs instead.
This led to an incident with security – though Zellner managed to conceal his memory card with the help of his Mongolian companion. He even received an apology from the nightclub’s manager, along with permission to take photographs on a different night. On the agreed evening, members of the Mongolian Parliament were visiting the Velvet Club – so Zellner had to leave his camera with one of the bouncers after all. Just a few weeks later, the club’s manager was asked to resign.
The reportage will appear 21th of February, in LFI 2/2014.
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