Images of Afghanistan – select images from the exhibition
CHILLUM SELLER – KANDAHAR, 1973
Most of the clay containers shown are water jugs, or kozas, used to serve water. The long-necked containers, known as sorai, are used to collect water. The objects in the upper left and right with the wide mouths are zerbaghali, used to create a kind of musical drum by tightly stretching an animal skin across the mouth.
NINETEEN BOYS – KABUL, 1973
Young men crowd the back street shop of a teacher, or moalem, to laugh and study verses from the Holy Koran. The legend on the booklet held by the boys reads Sephakha Alam de Lala and translates as Verse Alam de Lala. The boys were eager to be photographed and the teacher, who is just off camera, was pleased to oblige.
FOUR UZBEK SHEEPHERDERS – BADAKHSHAN PROVINCE, 1971
These young men, wearing typical long robes, or chapans, tend their flock near their home. The entrance to their compound is seen in the background: a tall mud and rock wall with a wooden entry door.
BUS WINDOW – KABUL, 1973
An elderly passenger leans from the window of a bus as it leaves a terminal in Kabul.
ENTRANCE TO A CHAI KHANA – FEYDZBAD, 1971
The proprietor greets guests at the door of a teahouse, sometimes called a hotal. In the left corner, a wood-fired oven, or bukhari, heats water for tea. The minstrel at the right holds a crudely made two stringed dambour.
I encountered this denizen of the desert somewhere in the Balouchistan region of Pakistan. He admired my cowboy boots and I his sandals, complete with truck tire soles. We made a swap and shared a cigarette.
BUS TOP – ON THE ROAD NEAR CHARIKAR, 1974
Sitting on the top of a bus is the preferred way to see the countryside; it is cool, uncrowded and usually provides dust-free passage to one's destination. Bus lines, or serwes, provide access to most places in Afghanistan at nominal cost.
VILLAGE POTTER - BAMIAN, 1970
Using a foot driven wheel, a potter fashions a large water jug from local clay. In the background, several young girls watch from a respectable distance.
MAN IN PAKOL HAT – ON THE ROAD IN BADAKHSHAN PROVINCE, 1971
A well-dressed, well-groomed man wears a pakol hat made of fine woolen felt. The hat is common amongst the men of the region of the Afghan provinces of Nuristan and Konar. Some scholars and writers have linked the local appearance of the pakol to the invasions of Alexander the Great in the 4th century B.C. Regardless of its origin, it is now distinctly Afghan and quite popular.