Kabul, Afghanistan features photographs by filmmaker James Longley, known for his work examining the lives of people in conflict zones. The exhibit features a series of panoramas—still images sequenced together to create one photograph—that Longley describes as “scenes united in a short, thirty-second movie.”
His photographs were taken in Jada-e-Maiwand, a vibrant neighborhood near the center of old Kabul that saw fierce fighting and destruction during Afghanistan’s civil war. Twenty years later, the area remains only partially rebuilt. Kabul, Afghanistan is on view at the Power Plant Gallery, a joint initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies and Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program.
Balloon seller in old Kabul, during the second day of Eid e-Khorban celebrations. Photograph by James Longley.