Jason Eskenazi’s Favorite Book from 2021

Visual History Afghanistan 1980–2004 by Ed Grazda.   Published by Fraglich.

Dorothea Lange said, “Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” Grazda has captured the visual identity and voice of groups in Afghanistan, combining it with his own photos and personal reflections from encounters he had during two important snippets of time in that land. I say thanks Ed for saving that shoe box of stuff, mining your archive, and allowing us to go back in time.

Jason Eskenazi, Author of Wonderland: A Fairy Tale of the Soviet Monolith, Guggenheim Fellow, Fulbright Scholar, partner in Red Hook Editions. Currently in Istanbul.