Lorenzo Tugnoli – Kabul Arts
This picture was taken in mid November 2012. We were following Kabul Dreams during the recording of their first album Plastic Words. They were working in a small studio in the backyard of the restaurant The Venue in Kabul. They were mostly getting together in the evenings as they held regular jobs during the day. That night, Sulyman, the singer and guitar player, was sitting at the computer and listening to one of the tracks they had just recorded while Siddique, the bass player, was standing besides him. They kept listening again and again to the same track, polishing it to perfection. We were holding our breath so as not to disturb their concentration. It was a tiny room but after so much time spent with them we were no longer a distraction for the band.
This image was taken in late 2012. We were following the construction of the palace-like house of Rahim Walizada. As a carpet and interior designer, he used modern as well as traditional architectural elements in his work. It took four men to move an old Nouristani door from his house to another construction site where Rahim was building a new restaurant. The old and beautifully carved door is made of solid wood and is terribly heavy. Rahim wanted to use the door for his house but then he decided that it would fit better as the main entrance to his restaurant. As is typical of him, he kept building and re-building every detail until he was completely satisfied with the result.
Born in Italy in 1979, the photographer Lorenzo Tugnoli now works in Afghanistan. His pictures appear in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde and Der Spiegel, among others. Since 2010 he has been working predominantly on photo projects for developmental organisations in Afghanistan, such as the UN and the German Foreign Ministry.
A freelance author and researcher, Recchia’s focus lies on the geopolitical dimensions of cultural processes and creativity in crisis areas. Books: Picnic in a Minefield (Paperback, 2014) and Devices for Political Action (dpr-barcelona, 2014).