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From the Afghan Box Camera Project website:

Afghanistan is one of the last places on earth where photographers used a simple type of instant camera called the kamra-e-faoree for means of making a living. The hand-made wooden camera is both camera and darkroom in one and generations of Afghans have had their portraits taken with it, usually for identity photographs. At one stage it was even outlawed when former rulers of Afghanistan, the Taliban, banned photography, forcing photographers to hide or destroy their tools.

The aim of the Afghan Box Camera Project is to provide a record of the kamra-e-faoree.

Kabul, 2002 - (c) Jean-Marie Jud

Kabul, 2002 – (c) Jean-Marie Jud

Although it may seem like a whimsical subject, the website is sufficiently rich to illustrate many parts of Afghanistan’s economical, political and cultural history of the last century. I like that approach a lot, and I have already been exploring the site – both the pictures and the text help to (re-)construct a part of the Afghan reality that is fading away.


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