Photographing the Afghan Girl

The brutal and complex Cold War conflict in Afghanistan began with the Soviet intervention in December 1979 and culminated when the withdrawal of all Soviet troops was completed on 15 February 1989. As the war raged in 1984, American photojournalist Steve McCurry travelled to the region on an assignment from National Geographic. In the Nasir Bagh refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan, McCurry photographed a young woman … Continue reading Photographing the Afghan Girl

British Art in the Nuclear Age

It was recently announced that next year will see the publication of a groundbreaking new book entitled British Art in the Nuclear Age (Ashgate, 2014). And ESPIONART can’t wait! The book will comprise nine essays exploring how art and visual culture in the UK responded to the rise of atomic power and the threat of nuclear warfare. A chapter by the book’s editor, Dr Catherine Jolivette, will … Continue reading British Art in the Nuclear Age