One evening an old German Mennonite from Okh Majit was enjoying a spot of fishing at his favourite place at the local stream. He caught such large numbers of fish that a passing Khivan lad decided to find out his secret. The boy, Mudaybergan, asked a few polite questions and found out that the old man would place a lantern at the end of his rod, attracting the fish to the light. The old man gave his torch to the delighted Mudaybergan and amazed him even further by taking a photograph of him holding it. When the old man returned a few days later and presented him with the actual photograph, their friendship was cemented and Mudaybergan's lifelong interest in photography began.
Years later the old man gave his precious camera to Mudaybergan and taught him the basics of photography. This rapidly incensed the local population who considered it blasphemous to reproduce any living thing and they attempted to stone him. News of this soon reached Feruz Khan and Mudaybergan was duly summoned to give an account of himself. Mudaybergan satisfied Feruz's curiosity and vanity by taking a particularly flattering photograph which impressed the Khan so much that he employed Mudaybergan as his official photographer. From then on Mudaybergan accompanied Feruz on all his foreign trips and he became the lucky recipient of several brand new cameras. Mudaybergan went on to become the father of Uzbek photography, his work provinding a fascinating insight into life at the time of the Khans.