Market


It is not easy to photograph the market. It is hard to overcome the allure of genre scenes, the charm of exoticism, the commonplaces of orientalism, the temptation to grasp this whole buzz at once, and in the end nothing remains in our hands. This time the star of Russian press photo, Ilya Varlamov did not really succeed to do it either. True, his pictures made on two Afghan markets are not bad photos, you browse them with nostalgia to recall those smells and sounds, the dusty heat and the excitement of discovery, but they are far from, say, the precision and accuracy of the shots of the Afghan anti-opium war series.

However, these photos still stand out from the contemporary Afghan photo dumping in some way. We have already mentioned that the amount of photos put on the net each week by the photographers working in Afghanistan to meet the hunger of the press, could be a golden mine for a good anthropologist. And not only for one specialized in Afghanistan, but also for one researching the visual culture of Western photographers. The Americans usually picture Afghanistan as a troubled and disintegrated, surreal and post-apocalyptic world. The photos of Ilya Varlamov, in contrast, show the return of normality and the human relations which constitute the context of life. There appear the small luxuries of everyday life, clean clothes, a relative abundance of wares. This world becomes understandable and, even if with great difficulty, liveable.

But who needs this amount of parrots in Kabul?






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4 comentarios:

Zen Forest dijo...

Fantastic!

Studiolum dijo...

Thanks a lot, also in the name of the photographer…

cantueso dijo...

As you can probably see, I am downloading photos, but only to show them to a friend who has a bad back and cannot spend much time on this computer. He will see them on s smaller device which is not connected to the internet. -- However, I did steal some phtos here, I think 4 in all, but published them small with all the references and links.

Studiolum dijo...

Absolutely no problem. On the contrary, my pleasure and honor. Photos – both ours and of others – are put up here to be enjoyed and shared, and put up in the original size – as I wrote it here – to be used for any noble purpose :) So by definition you cannot steal them, only take away what is offered in a sharing spirit.