(2009 - 2010) Poppy Palaces

Kabul locals call these homes “Poppy Palaces” or “Narcotecture”, because much of the money that went into building them came from Afghanistan’s biggest crop.

While driving through the Sherpur neighborhood, armed guards and lavish SUV’s can be seen at every glance. Million dollar homes surrounded by men in black uniforms and surveillance cameras. These are some of the most visible symbols that represent the country’s corruption.

In 2009, when this project was produced more than one-third of Afghanistan’s population lived in poverty; while those benefiting from the conflict and drug trade live like royalty.
This series was photographed using a Holga camera and the film processed in a Kabul photo lab.

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