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RESOURCES


FADING AFGHANISTAN Website based on a large and impressive collection of portraits by Afghan street photographers gathered between 2007 and 2010.

COMBI-NATIONS Colourful travel blog about a road trip between Afghanistan and France in an old VW combi van with a box camera in tow. The blog with images of the trip can be seen here.

LANDRY DUNAND Blog of a French artist working with an Afghan box camera. Download Afghan Scene article here.

MALCOLM HUTCHESON Website by a box camera photographer based in Lahore, Pakistan.

FOTO WALA Blog by Sephi Bergerson, a photographer based in India who learns how to use a box camera from Bharat Bhushan Mahajan.

RODRIGO ABD A series of portraits taken by photojournalist Rodrigo Abd with an Afghan box camera in Afghanistan and Guatemala.

   

BOOKS
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Title: Photographs de Rue/Street Photographers/Minuteros
Author: Patrick Ghnassia and Zilmo de Freitas
Publisher: Katar Press (2001)

Text and photographs on box camera photographers and cameras around the world, including the history of street photography. In French, English and Spanish.

 

 

Title: Smudgers
Author: Chris Wroblewski
Publisher: Self-published (2003)

Fascinating collection of images from working street photographers around the world.

 

 

Title: !El que se mueve, no sale! Fotografos Ambulantes
Author: Pablo Méndez & Héctor Vélez
Publisher: Dirección General de Culturas Populares/Museo (1989)

An historical and biographical look at street photographers in Mexico. In Spanish.

 

 

Title: Los Ambulantes: The Itinerant Photographers of Guatemala
Author: Avon Neal & Ann Parker
Publisher: MIT Press (1982)

Insightful look into the lives of street photographers in Guatemala.

 

 

Title: Le Retour Imaginaire
Author: Atiq Rahima
Publisher: P.O.L. (2005)

Collection of box camera images by Atiq Rahima. Text in Dari and French. Some of the images can be found here.

 

 

Title: Murad Khane: Rebuilding an Afghan Community
Author: Laura Lean
Publisher: Self-published (2011)

Photographs illustrating the rejuvenation of the Murad Khane community in Kabul. Includes box camera photographs by Qalam Nabi. The book is viewable online.

 

 

Title: Kabul
Author: Martin Roemers
Publisher: Legermuseum (2003)

A photojournalist's portraits of Dutch soldiers stationed to Afghanistan taken with an Afghan box camera.

 

 

 

 

Title: The Victor Weeps: Afghanistan
Author: Fazal Sheikh
Publisher: Scalo (1998)

Touching photographic essay of a personal journey to Afghan refugee camps in northern Pakistan in the 1990s.

For the online book click here. For the video version click here.

 

 

Title: Cameras: From Daguerreotypes to Instant Pictures
Author: Brian Coe
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish (1978)

Highly informative illustrated account of the history and development of the camera up to the late 1970s.

 

 

Title: Afghanistan
Author: Louis Dupree
Publisher: Princeton University Press (1980)

History of Afghanistan between the 1880s and 1970s.

 

 

Title: From Kashmir to Kabul: The Photographs of John Burke and William Baker 1860-1900
Author: Omar Khan
Publisher: Prestel Publishing (2002)

A fine collection of photographs by John Burke and William Baker from 19th century colonial India and Afghanistan with excellent scholarship by Omar Khan. Contains some of the earliest examples of photography from Afghanistan.

 
 

 

 

 

Title: Taliban
Author: Thomas Dworzak & J.L. Anderson.
Publisher: Trolley Books (2003)

A collection of hand-coloured portraits of Taliban.

For a video interview with the author click here.

 

 

Title: The Culture of Flowers
Author: Jack Goody
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (1993)

Anthropological study of flowers as a cultural phenomenon around the world.

 

 

Title: Burke & Norfolk: Photographs from the War in Afghanistan by John Burke and Simon Norfolk
Author: Norfolk Simon
Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing (2011)

Photographer Simon Norfolk follows in the footsteps of a John Burke, a 19th century photographer who took some of the first photographs from Afghanistan during the second Anglo-Afghan war. Images from both are juxtaposed in this finely crafted book.


For a video of the project click here.

 

 

Title: Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from Pakistan, Bangladesh and India
Author: Gadihoke Sabeena & Geeta Kapur
Publisher: Steidl (2010)

A wide-ranging collection of South Asian photography spanning a century and a half. Contains box camera photographs from Pakistan.

 

 

 

 

Title: Camera Indica: The Social Life of Indian Photographs
Author: Christoper Pinney
Publisher: Reaktion Books (1997)

An historical and ethnographic study of photograhy in India with an epilogue on box camera photography in Delhi. Images from the book are viewable here.

 
 
 

 

 

Title: The Angelcopiers: Portraits of Transexuals from Pakistan
Author: Malcolm Hutcheson
Publisher: Self-published (2011)

Box camera portraits of the Hijra community in Lahore. Images by Malcom Hutcheson taken on a box camera are viewable here.

 
 

 

MUSIC

 
 
 

Title: Afghanistan et Iran
Recorded by: J.C. & S Lubtchansky
Label: Collection Musée De L’Homme (1956)

A musical journey through Afghanistan and Iran in the 1950s.

 

 

TV

 

 

 

TV TOLO

Popular Dari television station in Afghanistan.

 

 

 

TV LEMAR

Popular Pashtu television station in Afghanistan.

 

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 
  PHOTO WALLAHS (1991) by David & Judith MacDougall. An ethnographic film about photography in a hill station in northern India.
 

 

FOTOGRAFOS by Pablo Trujillio Novoa. A short documentary on Cuban box camera photographers.

 

 

HOMELAND AFGHANISTAN Asia Society’s dedicated website to Afghanistan hosting a collection of short videos exploring various themes and historical periods of the country.

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHER OF JAIPUR, INDIA Short film by Frances Schwabenland about a box camera photographer in Jaipur.

 

 

KABUL AT WORK Insightful series of vignettes on the varied lives of Kabul residents. The website for the multi-media project is here.

 

 

ARTICLES

KABUL PHOTOGRAPHERS Photo-essay on box camera photographers in Kabul by Yannis Kontos.

AFGHANISTAN’S STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FADING AWAY David Zucchino's 2009 newspaper article on the demise of Kabul's box camera photographers.

HAVE FUN IN AFGHANISTAN? ENJOY THE WEATHER… Siddarth Varadarajan's Times of India article from 2001 on photo-studios in Taliban times.

THE DOWNFALL OF CINEMA CULTURE IN PESHAWAR Frontier Post report on the decline of the movie-house in the north-west of Pakistan.

SPEAKING PICTURES The changing tactics of New York street photographers as reported in a 1937 issue of LIFE magazine.

STREET AND STUDIO An article on popular and commercial photography in India and
Bangladesh by Alec McHoul. With a section on box camera photography in India.

LAMBE-LAMBE An article on box camera photography in Brazil by Manoel Nunes. In
German.

 

GALLERIES

VOICES OF AFGHANISTAN Text and box camera photographs by Stephan Crowley who travelled through Afghanistan with a box camera in November 2001.

DAVID LANG Series of box camera photographers in Kabul by photographer David Lang.

CHARAHI QAMBAR REFUGEE CAMP Primarily visual report on internal displacement in Afghanistan with the aid of a box camera. By photojournalist Balazs Gardi.

THE BITER BIT Jean-Phillippe Charbonnier's images of itinerant photographers around the world, with many paper negative box camera photographers.

IN PICTURES: OLD CAMERA BEATS DIGITAL RIVALS A BBC photo-gallery on box camera photographers in Bangladesh.

AFGHANISTAN DIGITAL ARCHIVE Art-historian Max Klimburg's images and documents from Afghanistan spanning over half a century.

WILLIAMS AFGHAN MEDIA PROJECT A substantial online archive of photographic images from Afghanistan from the late 19th century to the early 1990s.

AFGHANISTAN OLD PHOTOS Collection of photographs from Afghanistan from the 1880s to 1930s.

 

CATALOGUES

FUTURE AFGHANISTAN An exhibition catalogue including handcoloured portraits and box camera images from Afghanistan.

 

STORIES

THE PHOTO Rah'nawar Zariab's nostalgic story about a little boy in Kabul who longs to get his photo taken by a box camera photographer.

 

BLOGS

THRU AFGHAN EYES Blog of Fardin Waezi, an Afghan photographer, whose father used to be a box camera photographer.

KABUL CITY ONE Adam Curtis's blog on the BBC website. His own perspective on Afghanistan's history full of intriguing connections.

THE CUBAN POLAROID Blog by Billy Baque on the history of street photography in the Americas.

THE PINHEGG – MY JOURNEY TO BUILD AN EGG PINHOLE CAMERA An outstandingly creative project by Francesco Capponi. He explains how to make a pinhole camera out of an egg shell.


 

COLLECTIONS & LIBRARIES

ACKU The Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University. Their library catalogue is available online here.

AREU The Kabul-based Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit. Their library catalogue can be searched from the homepage.

AFGHAN DIGITAL LIBRARY An online collection of scanned books and manuscripts from Afghanistan aiming to preserve Afghanistan's publishing heritage.

 

ESSAYS

LA PHOTOGRAPHIE EN AFGHANISTAN – RÉFLEXIONS AUTOUR D'UNE COLLECTION May Schinasi's monograph on the history of photography in Kabul in the beginning of the 20th century in Annali, Volume 56, 2; Istituto Universitario Orientale, Napoli, 1996.
 
BAMAKO PHOTOGRAPHERS (FROM 1870 TO 2000) Érika Nimis's essay on the history of photography in Mali with a brief mention of box camera photographers. In English and French.

 

 


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ESSAYS

LA PHOTOGRAPHIE EN AFGHANISTAN – RÉFLEXIONS AUTOUR D'UNE COLLECTION May Schinasi's monograph on the history of photography in Kabul in the beginning of the 20th century in Annali, Volume 56, 2; Istituto Universitario Orientale, Napoli, 1996.
 
BAMAKO PHOTOGRAPHERS (FROM 1870 TO 2000) Érika Nimis's essay on the history of photography in Mali with a brief reference to box camera photographers. In English and French.

 

 


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