Photographer's Note

A real oldie from my first visit to Afghanistan, late summer 1972.

This is the Jad-e Maiwand, a long and wide street that had been drawn up in the early 20th century through the narrow lanes of old Kabul. It had become the most important business street of the city and one of its main thoroughfares.

I think this picture was taken very close to the friendly but extremely basic hotel where I was staying. As I stepped out from the hotel I was always overwhelmed by the crowds of bearded men in turbans, women in burqas - and some in Western style clothes - colourful trucks, battered old buses, herds of goats or sheep, an occasional camel. I was young and had never seen anything as exotic, and I enjoyed every moment.

More than three decades later I returned to this street only to find most of it reduced to long lines of ruins.

This was scanned from an Agfa Color slide, not as good as the Kodachromes I switched to later.

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