Love Me TurkmenistanNicolas RighettiText by: Daniel Kimmage
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Saparmurat Niyazov, President of the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic of Turkmenistan, died early on 21st December 2006 in a strange new world of his own creation. His official title, bestowed on himself, was 'Turkmenbashi', or 'leader of Turkmen'.
Even the months of the year were renamed to pay homage to Niyazov and his family. By 2001 all internet cafes were closed and ballet and opera were banned, and in 2004, the state even forbade young men from growing long hair or beards and it was prohibited for newsreaders to wear make-up.

Love Me Turkmenistan is a vivid, colourful and often very humorous depiction of a country dominated by the dark shadow of its ex-leader, with full-technicolour depictions of its capital, its monuments, and its people, now released from a surreal chapter in their country's history.

Each vivid image is accompanied by an actual quote from Niyazov, forming a strong and often outrageous commentary.
ISBN: 978-1-904563-91-4
Publication Year: 2008
Binding: Hardback with padded cover
Pages: 41
Format: 200 x 200
Illustrations: 41 colour
Retail Price: UK £14.99 \ US $24.00 \ EURO €18.00 \ CAN $32.95 \ AUS $
Designer: Fruitmachine
List: Photojournalism/Current Affairs
Nicolas Righetti was born in Geneva in 1967 and studied at the Beaux-Arts de Geneve. His travels, particularly in Asia, sparked in interest in totalitarian politicians and how they are represented and this became the basis for Righetti’s work to come. Righetti is a member of the photo agency Rezo and works for numerous publications, including La Repubblica, Newsweek, The New Yorker and The New York Times.

Yes To A Rosy Future is Righetti's third book exploring how power is projected within dictatorships and capturing the megalomaniacal leaders of such regimes.

The Last Paradise, Righetti's book on North Korea (published by Olizane/Umbrage), won the 2004 Swiss Press Award in the 'Foreign' category. He then went on to receive the World Press First Prize in the category 'Portrait Stories' in 2007 for his work on the former head of Turkmenistan which was published by Trolley in the book, Love Me Turkmenistan.