“It was first its name, the Amour River, that intrigued me. 4 300km in length, the river draws the border between China and Russia. It is simultaneously a separation and a link between fishermen tribes and small traders for whom, more than a border, it is a common territory.”
In Nanaï language, one of the people of Siberia, Amur means “great waters”. The Chinese call it “Heilong Jiang”, the Black Dragon’s River.
Because of its length, Amur is the eighth river of the planet. It is the only one to separate two very distinct civilizations. But regardless of the ethnic or national affiliations, after a day spent in the fields, the pleasure of bathing in the Amur River will always be the same for everyone. For these people, the river is a source of life and a communication path whether they are fishermen, hunters or reindeers herders.
It is the great West-Est road of the Russian extreme orient and the North of China.
A journey punctuated by surprising encounters and endearing figures, and marked by what the photographer is feeling, when the Amour river is falling into the sea: “The end of Amour is of an infinite sadness: its loamy waters are mixing with the waters of the Okhotsk sea, in front of the salkhaline island, the prison of the Tsars. The sky seems bigger than anywhere else, stretching its whiteness all the way to the Pacific ocean.” – Claudine Doury