There are alot of people shooting conflict: Gaza, Afghanistan. Apparently Libya was a total free for all overrun by countless photographers pulling up to the front lines to take pictures. The rebels even had a press office pretty much from the get-go. Maybe all conflict, maybe everything is one giant photo op now. Despite, or maybe because of, that how many of the photographs do you really remember? Of any of it? So many people take the same pictures over and over again. There’s nothing wrong with that, per se, but I dont want to read the same book over and over again, do you?
So yeah, ad infinitum…..The picture above is from a series called “Inshallah” by the photographer Dima Gavrysh. Afghanistan, done differently. At least, in my opinion this group of pictures is some of the most personal, “different,” work I have seen from Afghanistan. It is very experiential. I get a feeling of what it is like to be over there from these pictures. But I’ll end on something that Dima has written about this work which sums it up nicely for me
”I create a dark fairytale filled with my fears and dreams, based on my fascination with the army’s strength and order, set on the front lines of what has become America’s longest running war in history. Mesmerized by the complexity of the Afghan chaos, I strive to better comprehend my personal relationship to these wars: two empires, two mentalities, same battlefield, twelve years apart.”
Go check it out, here.