Afghanistan photos

Fading Afghanistan is based on a collection of portraits taken by Afghan street photographers with an old-style handmade wooden box cameras. The photographers were still actively working as recently as a few years ago but have been gradually disappearing from streets due to competition from modern digital technology and the higher costs of the chemicals necessary for developing prints. The old moody technology has died out.

The collection of about 300 pictures has been gathered between 2007-2010 in two distinct parts of the country - a city of Herat in western Afghanistan and Badakhshan - north-eastern province. Most of the pictures come from private archives of photographers who are no longer able to keep their jobs. Given the technology used, the pictures will fade out over time. Likewise many people portrayed may well have passed away and just like the country itself, which is fading out, ground down by war.