Photographs by Simon Norfolk.
Dewi Lewis, Stockport, 2002. 96 pp., 47 color illustrations, 13x11½".
Norfolk's big, color soaked photographs of war-ravaged
Afghanistan portray a land wrecked by
decades of sustained bombings from the Russians,
the Americans, and the Afghanis themselves during
the various civil wars. In the cover photograph, a
street balloon vendor stands holding the only colorful
item in the landscape, with the skeleton of a mosque
standing to his right, dust and bomb craters covering the
scene. "In Kabul in particular, the devastation has a bizarre
layering; the different destructive eras lying on top of each
other. I was reminded of the
story of Schliemann's discovery
of the remains of the classical
city of Troy in the 1870s; digging
down, he found nine cities
layered upon each other, each
one in its turn rebuilt and
destroyed. Walking a Kabul
street can be like walking through a Museum of the
Archaeology of War—different moments of destruction lie
like sediment on top of each other."—Simon Norfolk
Also available is a collectors edition portfolio of twelve reproductions from the book.
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