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Simon Norfolk, At a Music School in Kabul, Boys Are Taught the Traditional Afghan Instrument, the Rubab, 2010, black-and-white photograph, 20 x 24". From the series “Burke + Norfolk,” 2010–11.

Simon Norfolk

Benrubi Gallery

Simon Norfolk, At a Music School in Kabul, Boys Are Taught the Traditional Afghan Instrument, the Rubab, 2010, black-and-white photograph, 20 x 24". From the series “Burke + Norfolk,” 2010–11.

Simon Norfolk might be called a war-landscape photographer. He focuses on not only battles and resultant refugee crises but also the technological infrastructure that underpins conflict and the arenas in which those conflicts play out. Among his many subjects are the beaches where Allied soldiers landed on D-day in 1944; the electronic-spying equipment on Ascension Island, in the South Atlantic; Beirut during the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah; and the material detritus produced during the early years of the current war in Iraq. This exhibition, his third at Bonni Benrubi Gallery, included medium-scale images from his latest body of work made in Afghanistan, “Burke + Norfolk,” 2010–11.

The majority of Norfolk’s audience, myself included, knows his work primarily through reproductions presented in some of the world’s leading news publications, from the New York Times Magazine

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