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April 26, 2012
Already an award-winning photographer of contemporary Afghanistan, Simon Norfolk returned this time to follow the footsteps of a relatively unknown Irish war photographer, John Burke, who had documented the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-1880). An immensely engaging book presents the works of both photographers, as well as compelling essays that offer context to this subtle and complex work.
This work is also currently on exhibit at the Tate Modern in London, and it won a World Press Photo Award, too. It is highly unusual for a single body of work to be lauded by both the fine art world and praised by the toughest critics in documentary photojournalism.
See 20 photographs, and read more about the book, here in Lens Culture.