About the Book
Dazzling. Poignant. Evocative. Deeply moving.
Chris Lowry's photographic retrospective is no ordinary travel book.
With striking images interspersed with sparse, but illuminating text, the author captures a country on the verge of a wrenching descent into violent disintegration. Torn asunder as an object of geopolitical rivalry between the superpowers, only to emerge as the epicentre of what came to be known as the Global War on Terror, Afghanistan has today become a tragic case study in blowback.
Lowry's book is a treasury of memory. It provides powerful testament to the existence of alternative possibilities, and underscores the terrible cost of empires and ideologies in collision.
"You were so fortunate to have visited Afghanistan when the country was at peace. You saw and photographed a world that unfortunately no longer exists. I will share it with my friends in Afghanistan...some will weep at what was then and has been lost." —Peter Dalglish, recipient of the Order of Canada, former Country Representative UN-Habitat Afghanistan.
"Chris Lowry’s photos and narrative do not pretend to offer an explanation and analysis of all this war and repression, but they challenge the viewer and reader to re-assess “Afghanistan” and its people and landscapes, as if seeing and considering them clearly for the first time." —Grahame Russell, international human rights lawyer, Founder/Director of the NGO, Rights Action