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One of my heroes of Afghanistan, Alberto Cairo, an Italian doctor whose first and only mission for over 24 years has to been to assist in the physical rehabilitation of the war wounded and other physical defects. Despite being one of the directors of the Orthopedic centre, Alberto will often take over the assessment of a patient. 

ICRC Aliabad Orthopedic centre in Kabul

Kodak TMAX 100 on a Leica M6

Basketball at ICRC Orthopedic Centre in Kabul is on the best programs in Afghanistan helping disabled people reintergrate with their live. Almost 90% of employees of ICRC are physicall disabled and injured. Basketball came out of an idea of the Afghan employees wanting to have a sport that they could play and help bring up their moral. It has been a succesful program with teams in Kandahar, Jalalabad, Faryab, Mazar, Bamiyan and Kunduz.


The training is usually really early in the morning at 4.30am and goes to 9am before the sun really hits in. It is fun and high pace with hundreds of spectators looking from the fence line in awe.

B&W Ilford 400 on the LC-A Lomo camera

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With my many thousand scanned photos shot on film thanks to Lomography in Austria, I felt like I should return back the love since they gave me rolls of film and cameras. I decided to describe all the pics in detail so for friends and anyone who may come along this blog can learn about Kabul and the many things to be done here. I promised myself to put a picture in this blog everyday. Complain to me if I don’t, I need work on it as I am a fairly okay photographer and lazy ass in describing pictures on paper.

What can I say? 5 years in Afghanistan. There is a certain madness to living here and seen it all. I still love shooting analog, on film and it becomes harder and harder to process film but till there is no more rolls of film left, I can stop but I will always find something in a tiny photobooth. In my many rolls of film, I have everything from everyday Kabul to photographing war. Kabul discos, music festivals, skateboarding, motorbike trips, Kabul is more than what you think what it is. 

These pics are of flying overhead of Kabul residential area on an Afghan National Army helicopter, the Mi17 used mainly for troop transport. The Mi17 flight console is in Russian writing. Not the most comfortable of helicopters but you can’t complain when you are in dusty ditch fighting the war awaiting to be airlifted out of there.

Shot on a LC-A with Redscale film

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The river side road of Murad Khani is bustling with street vendors and traffic. Pul-e Khisti Mosque, the large central mosque is in the background of both picture. It was heard that four million dollars were to spent to clean the Kabul river of the filth and help for it to be continually clean but nothing has yet to transpire in the years of living here. I once had to pull my Skateistan student out of a quagmire who thought it would be great to get photos from in the canal.

Still it is one of the must places to walk around Kabul to see part of the old city. Cops are everywhere though so make sure to have your passport.

LOMO Sprocket Rocket with Redscale film