What makes this a contender for one of the most significant photographs of the twentieth century? Taken in Kandahar by Peter Jouvenal in 1996, this fragment of a film clip is (I find) absorbing on so many levels. It depicts the Mullah Omah enacting a religious ceremony – one that was to have huge consequences for the fin de siecle. Sometimes a photograph is significant simply for its value as evidence, and sometimes because it participates┬áin the historical moment in a way that is itself significant. In this case, its non-material character – as streaming video – is but another development in the nature of photography itself. You can read the full story over at rugsofwar



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