A Photographer Captures Two Different Afghanistans From Behind The Walls Of Bagram Air Base

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Photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett

After spending 10 days at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, British photographer Edmund Clark became captivated by a string of murals around the base. They depict a vibrant and lush Afghanistan, and not the version of the country Clark witnessed, which was more base than country. Some of the murals were simply signed Majeed, with no explanation of who that person was.


Inspired by the landscapes painted on concrete walls and inside of briefing rooms, Clark created his own series of images entitled “Mountains of Majeed,” telling Wired.com that: “the importance of including work by an Afghan is an attempt to short circuit or reinterpret notions of ‘otherness’ in the war on terror. I seek an equivalence between Majeed’s mountains and my own.”

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