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  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing; 2nd edition (1 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189923554X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899235544
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 1.9 x 32 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,106,337 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

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Simon Norfolk's photographs have appeared in titles as varied as the New York Times Magazine, the Sunday Times Magazine, the South China Morning Post and La Republicca Magazine and in 2001 he won a prestigious World Press Award. His first book 'For Most Of It I Have No Words' (Dewi Lewis Publishing) about the landscapes of the places that have seen Genocide was published in 1998 to wide acclaim including praise from the novelist Anne Michaels and from Louise Arbour, Chief Prosecutor of the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By slother on 21 April 2004
Format: Hardcover
As an example of fine photography - it's superb. Light and structure areused with truly 'devastating' effect. As a chilling call for attention tothe consquences of our actions - it's even better. Such apparentlybeautiful scenes are soured when the fundamentally damning comments areobserved. Painful, painful irony.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Sep 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a highly moving monograph of Afganistan after the war. A true antidote to the photojournalistic images with which we are so familiar. A marvellous record of Simon Norfolk's reaction to the natural beauty and human suffering of the country.
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By Joshua.Piper on 1 Feb 2010
Format: Hardcover
Having seen quite a few of Simon Norfolks works online I purchased the book and was totally blown away. The images are incredible and the book flows very nicely from start to finish.
There is a nice selection of different styles of photograph within the book and a nice range of techniques as well, including a stunning long exposure of an ex government building.
I would recommend this book to anyone
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I first saw this book at an exhibition of war photographers that featured amongst others Robert Capa. The book was in a room that contained a reflection of peoples work on war. The book shone out from all the others in it's artistic content and it's attention to detail. I love this book and it always instils a sense of thought and wonder. A bargain at this price.
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Simon Norfolk's meditation on Afghanistan 29 Mar 2012
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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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Great Book 22 Nov 2007
By shapeshifter22 - Published on Amazon.com
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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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