What makes Simon Norfolk experimental?


– Norfolk is unhappy with photojournalism that is capturing Afghanistan as a place ravaged by war, the culture of the country is not expressed. So he tried to find a visual shows more about Afghanistan other than this biased visual that is over used.

– Articulates his anger about the war in Afghanistan which he sees an ‘Imperial game’, so he makes the images beautiful to seduce people into a space that they otherwise wouldn’t engage with – tricks people into it – making us contemplate the photograph and consider Afghanistan as more than a battlefield – uses beauty as a tool

– Using John Burke’s photographs to show a development of the culture of Afghanistan, showing that he is less experimental than initially thought. But Norfolk’s images have more art to them, seducing the viewer with the true beauty of a forgotten place.


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