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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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