Arms Against Fury: Magnum Photographers in Afghanistan

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Overview

Arms Against Fury examines the dramatic struggle of the Afghan people through the lens of Magnum photographers, dating back to co-founder George Rodger’s documentation of the country’s role in World War II. Ever since, Magnum’s intrepid photographers have crisscrossed the country’s striking landscape from the Central Asian steppes to the parched southern desert by way of the Hindu Kush mountains surrounding Kabul and the adjacent Panjshir Valley.

As early as the 1950s, Eve Arnold and Marc Riboud filed unprecedented stories from a legendary Shangri-La, showing a small kingdom struggling for statehood against the forces of underdevelopment and unfortunate geographic position during the Cold War. The ultimate overthrow of the monarchy and brutal liquidation of Afghanistan’s constitutional government in 1978 heralded the arrival of Soviet-style communism. Peasants in Nuristan rebelled immediately and initiated a jihad that was covered first by Raymond Depardon and then by Steve McCurry, and later by renowned photojournalist Abbas, who also focused on the progress of the mujahedin, who eventually faced a massive Red Army invasion and savage aerial bombardments.

The victory against the Soviets also signaled the beginning of a civil war that began in 1992. Documented by Luc Delahaye, Christopher Steele-Perkins, Abbas, and Steve McCurry, Afghan militias destroyed large swathes of Kabul. The Taliban militia subdued warring factions in 1996 and proclaimed an Islamic emirate. Steele-Perkins was one of the few journalists to report from Afghanistan during this period of theocratic tyranny. In the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States, the hated Taliban were shaken from power by a loose alliance of mujahedin backed by American forces. Yet nothing seemed to remedy the miserable spectacle of a ruined country littered with ten million land mines and thousands of innocent victims of the hi-tech war on terror.

The future of Afghanistan, as depicted by Abbas, Eve Arnold, Luc Delahaye, Thomas Dworzak, Alex Majoli, Steve McCurry, and Francesco Zizola, remains uncertain at best.

Containing additional photographic work by Ian Berry, Elliott Erwitt, Stuart Franklin, Philip Jones Griffiths, Susan Meiselas, and Wayne Miller; commentary by the photographers; and several illustrated essays, Arms Against Fury will become an indispensable reference for documentary studies, social history, and critical photography.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Magnum was founded in 1947 to ensure the free photographic expression of political history throughout the world. In this volume, 17 members of its elite band of professionals present 400 four-color and duotone photographs depicting Afghanistan from the late 1940s to the present. The book is divided into five well-conceived chapters, with the chapter introductions, the captions, and the photographs themselves leaving an overall impression of death, destruction, and hopelessness. Some of the photographs of the dead and injured are quite graphic and disturbing. Dannin (urban anthropology, NYU), who has edited the work of photojournalists for 25 years, here exercises careful editorial control, offering a fairly balanced spread of photographs over five decades and between urban Kabul and the countryside. Recommended for public libraries.-John F. Riddick, Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mt. Pleasant Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576871515
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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