2012 Photo Contest, Portraits, 3rd prize

Burke + Norfolk


Simon Norfolk

01 January, 1878

Landholders and laborers.

About the photographer

Simon Norfolk

Simon has produced four major books: For Most Of It I Have No Words (1998) about the landscapes of genocide, Afghanistan: Chronotopia (2002), 'Bleed' (2005) about the war in Bosn...

Background story


Landholders and laborers. While working in Afghanistan during 2010 and 2011, Simon Norfolk had the idea of trying to photograph groups he felt might have been interesting to the 19th-century photographer John Burke, were he there today. Burke was in Afghanistan during the Second Anglo-Afghan War, from 1878 to 1880. The photos are part of a larger project, in which Norfolk examines the role of the British in Afghanistan in the 19th and 21st centuries.

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