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Burke + Norfolk: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN BY JOHN BURKE AND SIMON NORFOLK Hardcover – August 16, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing; First Edition edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907893113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907893117
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 11.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,791,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Norfolk has received inummerable awards for his work including The European Publishers Award for Photography, The Olivier Rebbot Award (Foreign Press Club of America), and The Infinity Award (ICP, New York). His work is in major public and private collections throughout the world.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 25, 2012
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Probably more than any other published book about the seemingly never ending wars in Afghanistan this collection of photographs that spread over a century bring into focus just how chronic is the problem in Afghanistan. From the British to the Russians to the Americans this war torn country is never given the chance to heal. This book, a catalogue of an exhibition at the Tate Modern pairs the works of two great photographers: Burke + Norfolk is a collaboration in spirit between Norfolk whose images are form 2010-1011 and the Irish photographer John Burke (1843-1900), who captured images of the Second Anglo-Afghan War of 1878-1880.

According to the notes, `John Burke, a trained apothecary stationed in India with the Royal Engineers, was originally denied a request to be an official photographer with the British Army during the incursion of the Anglo-Afghan war. Financing his own way with sales from photographs depicting the life of British soldiers amongst the native Indians, Burke went on to take some of the first photographs depicting the landscape, the battlefields, and the daily lives of the indigenous people of the Afghani conflict areas. Norfolk's images, executed in the winter of 2010-2011, are a redress of the themes of imperialist intrusion that Burke first produced over a century ago, bridging a thread of historical mistakes untenable then as it is now. Seeking out the original locations of where Burke sourced his images, Norfolk's new Afghanistan works show the pratfalls of defending a flawed position of contemporary politics: the United States-led, multinational mismanagement of the war against terror. Norfolk's images are photographic indictments of the folly borne from such first world moralism, symbolized in the remains of the war-ravaged Afghanistan.
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A very good collection of photos from the British era (Burke - 1870s), frequently juxtaposed with similar shots from this decade (Norfolk). My Afghan interlocutor found disconcerting the book's list of captions at the end of the book rather than with the appropriate picture. I purchased a second copy as a gift, so the binding's tendency to warp was disappointing. Those quibbles aside, the book is a handsome collection primarily of British troops and places in settings around Kabul and Kandahar. Posing recent groups in the same manner as Burke's subjects created some amusing contrasts. No great insights but some very lovely pictures.
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