Men shake dust from rugs that were used for a wedding party Kabul Afghanistan 2014 by Christopher Anderson.
6″ x 6″ Magnum Square print
Fuji Crystal Archival Matte paper
Signed on verso by Christopher Anderson
“Free enough to take pictures of things that don’t matter, like spilt cherries on a crosswalk, for instance. …”
Statement from Christopher Anderson on the back of print Men shake dust from rugs
“In the years following September 11, 2001, I made many trips to Afghanistan. It is a place where much seems hidden.
I made this photograph in 2004. These guys were cleaning carpets by shaking out the dust. A Sisyphean task. Dust is one of the things about Afghanistan that I still remember in a visceral way. It was more like beige, talcum powder than dust, seeping into every crack and seam. I imagined that it must be like the dust on the moon (which is where going to Afghanistan felt like at the time). Thousands of years of dry, chalky rock, ground up underfoot until it did not even qualify as sand.
And it destroyed cameras. At the time, I used Fuji 645 film cameras that had plastic gears in the internal workings. The dust would grind the teeth off the gears. My cameras had to be practically rebuilt after each trip. It became more costly to fix the cameras than to just get new ones.”
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