A Fondness for Photoshop

Post image for A Fondness for Photoshop

by Nathan Hamm on 6/8/2010 · 7 comments

President Berdimuhammedov has a shiny new book. Sure, the book and its themes reveal similarities between the current president and his predecessor. I was more struck by similarities between the image on the cover:

…and some of Turkmenbashi’s greatest hits.

With the ability to project the president into any situation, all they need are a few imagineering specialists for Berdimuhammedov to carry on the Turkmen Renaissance for centuries into the future.

Also, some nostalgia.

Subscribe to receive updates from Registan

This post was written by...

– author of 2991 posts on 17_PersonNotFound.

Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

For information on reproducing this article, see our Terms of Use


Major patron of independence June 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm

That phrase is genius, pure Teke gold. The president better watch out it looks like a tidal wave of aq-sakals is going to come crashing down on him, drowning him in a sea of traditional clothing and nationalism.

Michael Hancock June 8, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Oh to have a copy.

Nathan Groth June 9, 2010 at 8:26 am

Tell me about it. I was there a week before the big release. If only I had known… I’ll have to make do with my calendar portraying the president doing things like firing a handgun and doing dental surgery (which are, oddly, the only 2 non-photoshop pictures in the whole thing)

Sazanda June 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Mother F… stop fun of my beloved former president.

Michael Hancock June 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm

@Sazanda: This might not be a good site for you. Fortunately, we’re not in Turkmenistan, so we’re not limited by our ridicule of T-bashy.

Phoenix June 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Are you an adrenaline junkie? You still love your former president? Risky! You should be in love with your current president. Loving is safe when it’s wise.

Samantha June 11, 2010 at 8:40 pm

My friend fled Turkmenistan because Niyazov was after her and her brothers.

I like how they glorify the fact that Gurby was a dentist and that Turkmenbashi was not mentioned at all. Trading one megalomanic for another.

Previous post:

Next post: