Selected as one of the Best Books of 2014 by Melanie McWhorter, Martin Parr, Markus Schaden, EMAHO Magazine, Carlos Spottorno
Wild Pigeon draws together Carolyn Drake's photography from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China and collaborative images made by people in Xinjiang. Traveling through China’s far western province with a box of prints, a pair of scissors, a container of glue, colored pencils, and a sketchbook, Drake asked willing collaborators to draw on, reassemble, and use their own tools on her photographs of the region. She hoped that the new images would bring Uyghur perspectives into the work and facilitate a new kind of dialogue with the people she met—one that was face-to-face and tactile, if mostly without words.
The book's title was inspired by an allegorical story written by Nurmuhemmet Yasin, an author of essays, stories and poetry in the Uyghur language. Excerpts from his writing are interspersed throughout the book.