Photographer's Note

Kabul in May 1973.

These women were standing on the roof of their house in the old part of Kabul, beating the dust from their carpets. Little did they know that a foreigner was watching them and taking a photo. They would not have gone to the roof without their burqas if they had known about me.

This photo was actually taken from the bathroom of my cheap hotel. As far as I remember I had to stand on the toilet (a very robust one, made of bricks and cement with a hole for squatting) to reach the open window facing the back of the building.

More than 31 years later, in the autumn of 2004 during the first Presidential elections, I came back to Kabul and went to have a look at this area. My hotel was situated in what used to be the main shopping street, which had taken a lot of shelling during the civil war between the various Mujahideen groups in the 1990's. My hotel was a ruin, just like most other buildings in that street, and the house where these women had lived was probably gone as well.

This was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.

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