Yvonne von Schweinitz: “Faces of Afghanistan“ at the Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Dortmund – from January 26 to April 1, 2013.
In 1953, when she was a young photographer, Yvonne von Schweinitz - at the time Countess Kanitz - travelled to Afghanistan. She documented the countries impressive culture, which, despite plenty of media reports, remained a mystery to the western world to a large degree. In 1953, King Zahir Schah reigned the Hindu Kush country, at a time when it was still a very peaceful place. The trip to the capital, Kabul, passed through Herat and Kandahar. Equipped with a Rolleiflex and a Polaroid camera, Yvonne von Schweinitz took hundreds of black and white and colour photographs along the way. These pictures are still in excellent condition, and do a wonderful job of documenting and characterising the life, cultures, peoples, clans and tribes there. From January 26 to April 1, the Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte in Dortmund is presenting a selection of the photographs, granting viewers a glimpse into a world that no longer exists.