Khalid Hadid: Disasters of War

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An 11 year old boy, Khalid Hadi, was made a photographer at a relief foundation for victims of the Afghan-Soviet war in Kandahar, South Afghanistan. Orphans, wounded fighters, civilians. For three years he photographed 10.000 casualties of the conflict with a wooden box camera for the administration of the foundation. When the Taliban took over most of Afghanistan, he was determined to continue working as photographer and took a job for the oppressive rulers; Taking pictures of infrastructure and other Taliban projects. But after a few years he could not bare it any longer and fled to the USA where by chance he encountered the renown photographer Edward Grazda. 

Disasters of War, edited by Edward Grazda, illustrates a fraction of Khalid’s photographs in his years as box camera photographer. The silent beauty of the weathered images hold a shocking violence of an outrageous occupation with hundreds of thousands victims. A piece of history almost forgotten outside of Afghanistan, yet it was the very beginning of the formation of terrorist groups, backed by western powers in the last years of the cold war.

Texts in English and Pashto.


Title: Disasters of War
Publisher: Fraglich, 2021
Author: Khalid Hadid, Edward Grazda, Lukas Birk  
Photographer: Khalid Hadid
Graphic Design: -
Format: Handmade hardcover w, envelope
Size: 20 x 15 cm, 104 pages
Edition: 400 copies

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