Kabul: A City at Work

-A lecture by David Gill and Dominic Medley-

Kabul – a city at Work is a project that aims to reflect what is a much-misrepresented city by focusing on the people who inhabit it through a series of vignettes and accompanied with stunning photography. The book aims to dispel the myths and clichés held by the rest of the world, which regards Kabul as a city at war occupied by terrorists, criminals and alien cultures.

The people interviewed for the book tell the story of a modern day Kabul striving to find its feet. Some of the people appearing in the pages of this book are poor, some are rich, some are famous, and many of them are eccentric to say the least. From the British cemetery keeper in Sharpur to the estate agent in Wazir selling million dollar homes. From the new Kabul with its flamboyant wedding singers to the humble sweet maker in the old bazaar whose methods haven’t changed in 20 years.

David Gill is an all-round visual creator focused on social issues and overseas development. He has travelled to over forty countries working to a wide portfolio of commercial and development briefs. For the last decade he has worked as an independent photojournalist concentrating on deprived areas of the world and when possible exploring the positive aspects of their cultures. Since April 2008 he has been based in Afghanistan working on a variety of human-interest stories. Clients include Esquire, Mail On Sunday, Sunday Telegraph, GQ, The Observer, The National in Dubai as well as numerous niche culture magazines. David has been inspired by his experiences in developing nations. His current book project – Kabul ‘a city at work’ – documenting the life of the city’s working people should be completed by end 2010.

Dominic Medley first came to Kabul in February 2002 and he’s worked in the city ever, since mostly on media development and journalism training projects. In 2003 he published “Kabul: The Bradt Mini Guide” (now online atwww.kabulguide.net <http://www.kabulguide.net/> ), which was the first travel guide to the city since Nancy Dupree’s 30 years earlier. Dominic also started Afghan Scene Magazine, the Afghanistan Foreign Press Association and the Afghanistan Society. Since June 2008 he’s been a press officer at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

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