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SIMON NORFOLK  … A photographer whose work over the past fifteen years has been themed around a probing and stretching of the meaning of the word ‘battlefield’...

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More from my work for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) featured in a new book, “AFGHANISTAN Preserving Historic Heritage” by the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme.

Here a photograph of the restored Babur's Garden … nestled in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains and the fertile alluvial plains of the Kabul River basin, Afghanistan.
The garden is named after a young Uzbek Prince, Zahir-ud-Din Muhammad (“Defender of the Faith”; commonly known by his nickname “Babur”) who captured Kabul in 1504 at the age of 21. Babur's garden is divided into stepped terraces of sixteen levels, and his grave is located near the top of the site. The garden represents an oasis of tranquility surrounded by informal residential development; native species of fruit trees and flowers have been planted in the restored garden.

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Pleased to see my work for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) featured in a new book, “AFGHANISTAN Preserving Historic Heritage” by the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme.

Here a photograph of the restored Timur Shah Mausoleum set within a public garden adjacent to the Kabul River. One of the largest surviving Islamic monuments in central Kabul, the mausoleum of Timur Shah marks the grave of the son of Ahmad Shah Durrani, who effectively crated the modern state of Afghanistan in the late eighteenth century. The mausoleum was heavily damaged in recent decades, but now restored it stands as one of the most iconic monuments in Kabul and the surrounding park provides much-needed green space in a congested part of the city.

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Pleased to see my photographic survey of restoration works to the ancient Masjid e Noh Gonbad (Persian: ‫مسجد نُه‌گنبد‬‎‎ Mosque of Nine Cupolas), a ninth century Samanid-style building in Balkh Province, northern Afghanistan, featured as an essay in a new book, “The Nine Domes of the Universe”. The result of a long term collaboration with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in Afghanistan.
The site was previously listed on the @worldmonumentsfund 2006 World Monuments Watch list of 100 Most Endangered Sites, and is considered the oldest Islamic building in the country and one of the earliest structures in the entire eastern Islamic world. There seem to be no similar surviving structures from that time period, endowing the mosque with unparalleled cultural and architectural significance. Preserving Afghan heritage has been made all the more important by the recent sociopolitical challenges in the country. In the last 40 years, Afghanistan has endured invasion by the Soviet Union, the rise of the Taliban, military occupation, and internal regional and tribal conflict.

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101 years ago this week (July 1916) marks the beginning of the Battle of the Somme... The battle was fought by the armies of the French and British against the German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the upper reaches of the River Somme in France. The battle was intended to hasten a victory for the Allies and was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front. More than 3 million men fought in this battle and one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history. The battle is notable for the importance of air power and the first use of the tank.

I've been working for a year now on a larger project about the aftermath of the War. Here at Newfoundland Park the preserved trenches and shell holes are softened, but still preserved.

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101 years ago today … 1 July 1916: the first day of the Battle of the Somme...
This battle was fought by the armies of the British and French against the German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the upper reaches of the River Somme in France. The battle was intended to hasten a victory for the Allies and was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front. More than 3 million men fought in this battle and one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history. The first day on the Somme was, in terms of casualties, also the worst day in the history of the British army, which suffered 57,470 casualties.

I've been working for a year now on a larger project about the aftermath of the War. Here photographed Grandcourt Road Cemetery, Grandcourt, 11km from Albert. Grandcourt was reached on 1 July 1916, by men of the 36th (Ulster) Division, but it was not taken until the night of 5/6 February 1917 when patrols of the Royal Naval Division found it deserted. It was in German hands again from April to August 1918.

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Pleased to see my work on the melting away of the Lewis Glacier on Mount Kenya featured at the f2 Fotofestival ( @f2_fotofestival ) in Dortmund which opens today, (22 June). Here, from that series, a visualisation of glacial retreat using long exposures made in the middle of the night. The resultant images stem from the simple act of walking with a flaming torch along the glacier’s previous boundaries to illustrate a ‘layered’ history of glacial recession on the mountain.

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Delighted to see my work on the Lewis Glacier featured at the f2 Fotofestival ( @f2_fotofestival ) in Dortmund (from 22 June to 16 July). Here, from that series, a visualization using fire of the receding Lewis Glacier on Mt. Kenya. A mapping of “time’s thickness” by pyrographically documenting glacial retreat. Using long exposures made in the middle of the night, the resultant images stem from the simple act of walking with a flaming torch along the glacier’s previous boundaries ... Thanks to @projectpressure for getting me thinking about climate change and providing help and data.

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Happy to report that one of my photographs is being exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago - @mocpchi - in their upcoming summer show 're:collection', which opens on July 13 and runs through October 1, 2017. 'Re:collection' is a celebration of the MoCP’s vast archive of photographs and an exploration of how we perceive images. Spanning the history of photography and offering a diverse array of approaches, each photograph speaks to its neighboring photograph in terms of content, form, or another, more subtle, connecting factor waiting to be discovered.

This piece will be included in the exhibition:
"Mercury Halide: Pa' Una Ciudad Del Norte", from the "Arizona/Mexico: Soy Una Raya En El Mar” series.

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I am very pleased to announce that I’ve been invited to Judge a category in this month’s @Life_Framer award - a unique photography competition and platform for discovering and exhibiting contemporary photography. The call for entries theme is “Civilisation” and will end on 30th June: “From individuals to nations; city living and urban sprawl to rural life; social trends, anthropology, technological advancements and our interactions with the natural world… !” … www.life-framer.com

Here a picture from me from: A Government building close to the former Presidential Palace at Darulaman, Afghanistan, destroyed in fighting between Rabbani and the Hazaras in the early 1990’s.

I hope everyone isn’t going to submit ruined buildings from Afghanistan!

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On this day … Gold, commonly known as Gold Beach, was the code name for one of the five areas of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944. Taking Gold was to be the responsibility of the British Army, with sea transport, mine sweeping, and a naval bombardment force provided by the Royal Navy as well as elements from the Dutch, Polish and other Allied navies. The objectives at Gold were to secure a beachhead, move west to capture Arromanches and establish contact with the US Forces at Omaha, capture Bayeux and the small port at Port-en-Bessin, and to link up with the Canadian Forces at Juno to the east. On D-Day at Gold, naval bombardment got underway at 05:30, and amphibious landings commenced at 07:25.

Here a photograph of Gold Beach, near to Asnelles, Normandy

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“The Disaster Season” … the threat of avalanches, common in Afghanistan’s mountainous areas in winter and spring passes as the year passes into summer. Each year the beautiful, pristine blanket of white holds within it the possibilities of destruction and death.
Here another sequence of images from Bamyan Province in Afghanistan’s Central Highlands transitioning through seasons. From a frozen early spring through to the snows of winter, documenting the stages of flooding, irrigation, planting and harvest.

From a body of work, “The Disaster Season”  awarded the 4th Prix Pictet in 2013.
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Music: Ay Sholae Hazeen Desolate Flame used with permission.

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On this day (28th May) in 1936 Alan Turing published his paper, “On Computable Numbers…”
Turing was an English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and theoretical biologist. He was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.

Here An image from inside Microsoft’s mega data centre in Quincy, Washington.

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