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Sheikh, Fazal. THE VICTOR WEEPS: AFGHANISTAN. Zurich, Switzerland: Scalo Publishers, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 244 pages. As New/As New.

Collection of photographs. One of the most important photography books of the last decade of the 20th century. The first and only edition. A handsome production by Fazal Sheikh and Hans Werner Holzwarth: Oversize-volume format. Ribbed maroon cloth boards with white titles on spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Fazal Sheikh. Quotations from great Afghan poets interspersed with the photographs. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Zurich, Switzerland to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with black titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents the photographer's stupendous images of the country's refugees in the Pakistan/Afghan border, a continuing tragedy that has haunted the world as a quiet indictment of imperial hubris and injustice. Fazal Sheikh's now-classic book represents an advance both as photojournalism and art over his breakthrough debut collection, "A Sense of Common Ground". His connection to Afghanistan long precedes the current interest in the devastated country's tragic past and uncertain future. His father was born there, he was born in the United States and named after his grandfather (Sheikh Fazal Ilahi), and has vivid memories of the place as a child visiting with his family. Some of the most haunting, memorably moving, and disturbingly beautiful images in the book are photographs of photographs: A series of images of mothers holding for Fazal Sheikh's camera a photograph-memento of their dead sons, killed by the long insurgency against the Soviet invasion of the country. The title refers to the fact that despite the ultimate victory of the great, noble, and brave people of Afghanistan over the Soviets, the price has been at such an immense cost, the proverbial Pyrrhic victory. There are, by now, a shelf of books on Afghanistan, but only a handful will probably endure: Chris Steele-Perkins' "Afghanistan", Ron Haviv's "Road to Kabul", Simon Norfolk's "Afghanistan Chronotopia", and Fazal Sheikh's stupendous collection. Sheikh's singular contribution to contemporary photojournalism is his insistence that each individual be seen and treated as a particular human being's case of both indescribable suffering as well as the person's indomitable pride and dignity in spite of it. As a portrait photographer, he has few peers. A "must-have" title for Fazal Sheikh collectors. This is an Import title, was not widely distributed in the United States, has been out-of-print for a long time, and is now collectible. This is one of very few copies still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce copy thus. Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant in 2005. One of the most brilliant living photographers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER FAZAL SHEIKH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3931141950. $90.00

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