“Waiting for Lunch”
8x10 Image Transfer print, Olympus OM1 SLR,
Kodachrome 64 film,
Polaroid Daylab II,
Polaroid 669.


The protocol for foreign visitors was for the family to sit around the perimeter of the room while the guests were being entertained. Everyone, including the children, sat quietly at the side while Janine, my French “landlady,” and I talked with the Tailor (though I could only speak a few words of Farsi). With the family’s gracious permission, I managed to take a few photos without too much intrusion. When lunch was served, everyone but the Tailor left the room. We ate with our hands from a mound of various vegetables and local dishes that were spread out on a big cloth in the center of the floor.

Afghanistan Series

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