Simon Norfolk


Contemporary European Photography

What I really like about photojournalist Simon Norfolk’s work is that he manages to keep the human component alive.
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If you look at his work from Afghanistan or Bosnia you’ll see images that don’t look like the almost gaudy National-Geographic-style stuff we’re being subjected to too often. I bet most people would only be able to remember one image from Afghanistan, namely Steve Curry’s ridiculously overrated portrait of an Afghan girl. Don’t get me wrong on this, it’s an OK portrait. But if all we know about the superpowers’ favourite battleground is an image of a young girl on calendars or National Geographic ads then something is seriously wrong.

In any case, the photo above is from his work in Bosnia, and it’s one of those cases where a photo very deeply affected me.