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Afghanistan: Chronotopia: Landscapes of the Destruction of Afghanistan Hardcover – April 1, 2003

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing; 2nd edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189923554X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899235544
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.8 x 12.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,789,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Afghanistan is unlike Sarajevo or Kigali or any other war-ravaged landscape I have ever photographed. 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 1870's; digging down, he found 9 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. There are places near Bagram Air Base or on the Shomali Plain where the front line has passed back and forth eight or nine times - each leaving a deadly flotsam of destroyed homes and fields seeded with landmines. The landscapes of Afghanistan are the scenes that I knew first from the 'Illustrated Children's Bible' given to me by my parents when I was a child. When David battled Goliath, these mountains and deserts were behind them. When Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, these fauna and flora were over his shoulders. More accurately, these landscapes are how my childish imagination pictured the Apocalypse or Armageddon; utter destruction on a massive, Babylonian scale bathed in the crystal light of a desert sunrise.' - Simon Norfolk

About the Author

Winner of the 2002 European Publishers' Award for Photography, Simon Norfolk won the Olivier Rebbot Award in 2003 and was short-listed for the CitiBank Prize. In 2004 he received a prestigious International Centre of Photography Infinity Award, and the Terence Donovan from the Royal Photographic Society.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Having the courage to title this book `Landscapes of the Destruction of Afghanistan' tells us a lot about the power of Simon Norfolk's photographic genius. Simon Norfolk may not be the first photographer to explore the atrocities of war and devastation in the world, but his keen eye and compassionate heart lead him to focus on the areas that have made such a dark mark on our 'civilized' world. His images are tense and troubling and grab our attention as though to remind us of the atrocities that have happened, are happening, and will happen until we take responsibility for making the planet a peaceful dwelling place.

Norfolk is not as well known or appreciated as he should be. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1963 and educated in England, finishing at Oxford and Bristol Universities with a degree in philosophy and sociology. After leaving a documentary photography course in Newport, South Wales, Norfolk worked for far-left publications specializing in work on anti-racist activities and fascist groups, in particular the British National Party. In 1994 he gave up photojournalism in favor of landscape photography.

Photographs of the war in Afghanistan in 2001, published as Afghanistan: Chronotopia, won the European Publishers' Award for Photography and an award from the Foreign Press Club of America and was nominated for the Citibank Prize. It is a staggering experience to read - and an experience everyone should share. We must learn from history, not keep repeating it. Grady Harp, March 12
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By shapeshifter22 on November 22, 2007
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This is a really good book; after viewing the images at a gallery last month, I went straight to amazon and ordered this title. To my surprise, the book was signed!!!
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