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Kabul Portraits

'He is obviously not a war photographer but nor is he a photographer of peace. Martin Roemers photographs the time between war and peace. He frequently arrives once the action has been and gone, at a point when the situation is still fragile and uncertain and the sounds of war have just died away. But peace still has to be won.'

Frits Baarda.



Martin Roemers was commissioned by the Dutch Army Museum to take this series of portraits of ISAF troops in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2002. The photographs were taken with an antique plate camera that Martin had borrowed from an Afghan street photographer. The exposure time of each portrait was 10 seconds.



The pictures are published in the book Kabul and a set of 11 portraits are in the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
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