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STEVE MCCURRY AFGHANISTAN

STEVE MCCURRY    Book Number: 83003    Product format: Hardback

Hundreds of haunting and beautiful colour images which linger long in the mind. Afghanistan has long been a country overwhelmed by tribal rivalries, colonial wars, and geo-political conflict. The Afghans have called their mountains "the land of rebellion," a land that has not been successfully occupied since the times of Alexander the Great. These invaders - Persians, Arabs, Moguls, Sikhs, British, Russians - may have been thwarted, but wandering through the bazaars of Kabul will attest to their legacy. Deep are the fissures in Afghan society; the schism between Sunni and Shia, the endemic violence across clans and tribes, and the blood feuds and rivalries within lineages. Yet born of such chaos and entrenched conflict are these most breathtaking of images. In this definitive retrospective of his work in Afghanistan, Steve McCurry has curated over 140 gripping images to present a torn, proud people, from the desert of Kandahar to the streets of Kabul and remote rivers of Nuristan. For almost four decades, McCurry travelled to the country regularly, documenting its people with a rare and disarming humanity. His most striking portrait Afghan Girl (1984) with her emerald green eyes has graced the covers of magazines around the world, evoking remarkable grace and dignity. McCurry has always been subjected to dangers that are an inevitable part of life "on the road" His first trip to Afghanistan in 1979 involved him dressing in Afghan garb in order to be smuggled across the border from Pakistan - territory controlled at various times by the Mujahideen, the Russians, and the Taliban - was one that McCurry would make numerous times. No other photographer would return with such a flawless body of work. Extra large coffee table book, 26.7 x 37 cm, 256 pages. Text in English, French and German. Colour. New from Taschen.
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