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An Unexpected Light: Photographs

Afghanistan is not like anywhere else. It is extraordinarily beautiful and its people are probably the most hospitable in the world.

I know this sounds surprising.

I first went to Afghanistan in the mid-1980s when it was occupied by the Soviet Army, which had grand plans for defeating the armed resistance to the occupation and for modernising the country. That sounds familiar. I had just left school and my worst fear in life, until then, had been having to stack schoolroom chairs after class.

I took few photographs during my first trip as it was simply too dangerous - foreigners travelling with the mujaheddin did so with a price on their heads. On later trips I was able to take a few more.