@simonnorfolkstudio

SIMON NORFOLK

A photographer whose work over the past 20 yrs has been themed around a probing & stretching of the meaning of the word ‘battlefield’ in all its forms

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The archaeological site of Nemrut Daği in southeastern Turkey … (caption follows below this announcement from National Geographic to all my followers - - - - • @natgeo just hit 100 MILLION followers! As a thanks, they are having a photo contest for the next 24 hours ONLY. To enter, simply post your most NatGeo inspired photo on your feed using the hashtag #NatGeo100Contest. The top 10 photos will be posted on @natgeo and the winner gets a photo trip to Tanzania. Good luck! • The archaeological site of Nemrut Daği in southeastern Turkey, grave site of Antiochus I, 7000 feet up in the Antitaurus Mountains. The mountain lies 40km (25 mi) north of Kahta, near Adıyaman. In 62 BCE, King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene built on the mountain top a tomb-sanctuary flanked by huge statues (8–9m/26–30ft high) of himself, two lions, two eagles and various Greek, Armenian, and Iranian gods, such as Hercules-Vahagn, Zeus-Aramazd or Oromasdes (associated with the Iranic god Ahura Mazda), Tyche, and Apollo-Mithras. These statues were once seated, with names of each god inscribed on them. The heads of the statues have at some stage been removed from their bodies, and they are now scattered throughout the site. The eastern platform at sunrise. From left to right: Apollo/Mithras/Helios/Hermes; and Heracles/Artagnes/Ares. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @natgeo @simonnorfolkstudio @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #turkey #archaeology #Adıyaman #Antitaurusmountains #NemrutDagi #tomb #worldheritage #archaeology #UNESCO #Oromasdes #ancientsite #zeus #fortuna #simonnorfolkstudio #igtravel #visualarchitects kahta #Heracles #Ahura Mazda #Apollo #AntiochusI #turkeytravel #Nemrut Dağ #NemrutDaği #mountNemru #NatGeo100Contest

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Thirty Years ago today marks the end of the Soviet-Afghan War. On this day (15 February) in 1989 Soviet troops fully withdrew from Afghanistan after 9 years of bloody conflict… Here from my ‘Time Taken’ project, a sequence of images from Afghanistan’s Central Highlands, transitioning through the seasons and depicting two abandoned Soviet tanks in a field. Walking the fields and streets here can be like passing through a Museum of the Archaeology of War - different moments of destruction resting like sediment on top of one another. The cyclical nature of the images speak of both the constant presence of war in Afghanistan, but also of a perseverance and hope as the land continues to be ploughed and planted. The main creation of Afghan culture is arguably the landscape itself, worked and fashioned over the depth of time, but one has to stop, sit quietly and actually take time, to see it in action. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. 
 @simonnorfolkstudio @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo #afghanistan #battlefield #war #notwar #sovietinvasion #displacement #chronotopia #aftermath #diorama #photojournalism #journalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolkstudio #simonnorfolk #documentary #lensculture #visualarchitects #socialdocumentary #warfare #tanks #militaryhardware #memory #soviet tank #russiantank #stratograph images: @simonnorfolkstudio Music: Ay Sholae Hazeen Desolate Flame used with permission.

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Photographed on assignment or a forthcoming issue of National Geographic Magazine… Fallen columns and collapsed walls – the remains of a magnificent complex of Islamic buildings, destroyed in the earthquake of 749 CE – lie scattered just outside the SE corner of the Al Aqsa Compound in the Old City of Jerusalem. The complex was apparently constructed during the reign of the Umayyad caliph El-Walid I (705-715) and is similar to other fortified Umayyad palaces on the fringe of the desert in Transjordan and Syria. But unlike those, the palace in Jerusalem – a fortified city – was not protected by towers. This palace measures 96 x 84 m. The Umayyad’s capital was in Damascus, but it was not realised that great importance was attached to Jerusalem, and that important religious and governmental buildings were built there. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @natgeo @simonnorfolkstudio @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #jerusalem #archaeology #Jesus #religion #faith #holyland #christianity #simonnorfolkstudio #igtravel #visualarchitects #oldcityofJerusalem #AlAqsaCompound #Umayyad #ruins #NationalGeographicMagazine

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Here, members of “The Grand Lodge of the State of Israel of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons” with some guest Masons from foreign Lodges, in Zedekiah’s Cave under the Old City of Jerusalem. Photographed on assignment for a forthcoming issue of National Geographic Magazine. Freemasonry consists of fraternal organisations that trace their origins to the local fraternities of stonemasons, which from the end of the 14th century regulated the qualifications of stonemasons and their interaction with authorities and clients. There are 50 lodges in Israel, with a total of about 1,200 brothers. There are special lodges, such as one named for the great illusionist Houdini, who was a Freemason. Prospective candidates for that lodge must take a course in magic and put on a magic show in a school, hospital or similar institution. There’s also a Mozart lodge, after the composer, who also belonged to the Freemasons (members have to have an interest in music). Masonry was re-established in England in 1717 as a ceremonial organisation and the first Masonic lodge in the Holy Land, known as the Royal Solomon Mother Lodge No. 293, met in this cave on May 7, 1873. Famous Freemasons abound: 14 American presidents, including George Washington; Mark Twain; and even Theodor Tobler, Swiss inventor of Toblerone chocolate, whose design is said to be Masonic. In this picture the Brothers are linking hands in a way symbolising the chain of fellowship. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @simonnorfolkstudio #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #jerusalem #faith #holyland #freemasons #freemason #Israel #ZedekiahsCave #simonnorfolkstudio #igtravel #visualarchitects @freemasonshall #masonic @freemasonuk

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‘Private View’- Photograph by SIMON TOWNSLEY … ‘Private View’ is me showcasing work by documentary photographers that deserve a broader audience on Instagram. Here featuring Simon Townsley ( @simontownsley ) After the Wave, Andaman Islands. In 2005 OXFAM approached Simon Townsley to visit the Andaman and Nicobar Island a year after the catastrophic 26 December 2004 tsunami. Right on the fault-line, the islands were very close to the epicentre. 40,000 people were made homeless. By the time of his visit the following year many remained in their homes and lived in knee deep water, inside and out. The photos were used in an awareness raising campaign/exhibition called “After the Wave” Follow @simontownsley for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects. ( @simonnorfolkstudio: With ‘Private View’ I’ll be taking my Instagram in a slightly new direction. As well as still posting my own work, I’ll be also including work from other photographers whose work I admire. These are all solid documentarians with great track records that all share my passion and drive. They’ve all had careers as long as mine but they are unknown to Instagram. I want to bring them to a wider audience, you need to know about them. I hope you’ll agree, maybe you’ll follow them too. Either way, I’d be keen to hear your thoughts…) @simontownsley #simontownsley #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #photojournalism #documentary #lensculture #visualarchitects #socialdocumentary #tsunami #andamanislands #oxfam #boxingdaytsunami #nicobarislands #tsunami #flood #devastation #naturaldisaster #disasteralleviation #simonnorfolkprivateview

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I’ve just returned from another trip to Jerusalem, shooting on assignment for National Geographic Magazine. Here an image taken for a story that appeared last year. The dome above the Edicule in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. The church contains, according to traditions dating back to at least the fourth century, the two holiest sites in Christianity: the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, at a place known as “Calvary” or “Golgotha”, and Jesus’s empty tomb, where he is said to have been buried and resurrected. The tomb is enclosed by the 18th-century shrine, called the Edicule. The Status Quo, a 250-year old understanding between religious communities, applies to the site. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @simonnorfolkstudio #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #jerusalem #holy #sacred #church #architecture #eyeofGod #archaeology #Jesus #religion #faith #holyland #christianity #simonnorfolkstudio #igtravel #visualarchitects

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‘Private View’- Photograph by SIMON TOWNSLEY … ‘Private View’ is me showcasing work by documentary photographers that deserve a broader audience on Instagram. Here featuring Simon Townsley ( @simontownsley ) …Rwandan Refugees - Cholera Outbreak in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo.) “From June 13 to July 14, 1994, 10,000 to 12,000 refugees per day crossed the border into Goma. The massive influx created a severe humanitarian crisis, as there was an acute lack of shelter, food and water. However, the Zaïrean government took it upon themselves to garner attention for the situation. Shortly after the arrival of nearly one million refugees, a deadly cholera outbreak claimed thousands of lives in the Hutu refugee camps around Goma. RPF aligned forces, mainly actors in the conflict, crossed the border and in acts of revenge also claimed several lives.” Follow @simontownsley for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects. ( @simonnorfolkstudio: With ‘Private View’ I’ll be taking my Instagram in a slightly new direction. As well as still posting my own work, I’ll be also including work from other photographers whose work I admire. These are all solid documentarians with great track records that all share my passion and drive. They’ve all had careers as long as mine but they are unknown to Instagram. I want to bring them to a wider audience, you need to know about them. I hope you’ll agree, maybe you’ll follow them too. Either way, I’d be keen to hear your thoughts…) @simontownsley #simontownsley #photojournalism #privateview #documentaryphotography #photojournalism #documentary #lensculture #visualarchitects #socialdocumentary #Rwanda #refugees #Hutu #Goma #Congo #Cholera #humanitariancrisis #simonnorfolkprivateview

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Today (27 January) is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. A couple of images from my 1998 book, ‘For Most of It I Have No Words; Genocide, Landscape, Memory’: Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1995:- • A staircase in prison block at Auschwitz, with worn footsteps. • The chimneys of hundreds of burned barrack-blocks. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects. @simonnorfolkstudio @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @thephotosociety #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #holocaust #Auschwitz #genocide #memory #Birkenau #auschwitzbirkenau @holocaustmuseum #ushmm #neverforget #punctum

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‘Private View’- Photograph by SIMON TOWNSLEY … ‘Private View’ is me showcasing work by documentary photographers that deserve a broader audience on Instagram. Here featuring Simon Townsley ( @simontownsley ) From Ebola to swine flu to HIV/Aids, viruses borne by animals have caused some of the most devastating epidemics in history. What will come next? In August last year (2018) I travelled to Sierra Leone to document a USAID Predict project looking for new strains of the Ebola virus in the wild animal population, Sierra Leone. For more on this visit https://tinyurl.com/y9xl84tk (www.telegraph.co.uk/news/disease-x-virus-hunters ) Follow me @simontownsley for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects. ( @simonnorfolkstudio: With ‘Private View’ I’ll be taking my Instagram in a slightly new direction. As well as still posting my own work, I’ll be also including work from other photographers whose work I admire. These are all solid documentarians with great track records that all share my passion and drive. They’ve all had careers as long as mine but they are unknown to Instagram. I want to bring them to a wider audience, you need to know about them. I hope you’ll agree, maybe you’ll follow them too. Either way, I’d be keen to hear your thoughts…) @simontownsley #simontownsley #photojournalism #ebola #diseasecontrol #globalhealthsecurity #SierraLeone #bats #documentaryphotography #photojournalism #documentary #lensculture #africa #pandemic #plague @telegraph #simonnorfolkprivatevie

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The Svartifoss (Black Falls) waterfall pouring over basalt columns, Skaftafell, Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland. Other well-known examples of columnar jointing formations are seen at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, on the island of Staffa in Scotland, and Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, USA. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects. @simonnorfolkstudio @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo #Iceland #Hof #photojournalism #waterfall #Svartifoss #Skaftafell #documentaryphotography #IGIceland #simonnorfolkstudio #simonnorfolk #documentary #reportage #seetheworld #igtravel #lensculture #visualarchitects #geology #geomorphology

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‘Private View’- Photograph by SIMON TOWNSLEY … ‘Private View’ is me showcasing work by documentary photographers that deserve a broader audience on Instagram. Here featuring Simon Townsley ( @simontownsley ) … “The UN base in Sarajevo represented some degree of hope for the civilians in the besieged city. This child was one of a number who spent their time trying to extract sweets and gifts from the soldiers.” (1993) Follow me @simontownsley for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects.” ( @simonnorfolkstudio: With ‘Private View’ I’ll be taking my Instagram in a slightly new direction. As well as still posting my own work, I’ll be also including work from other photographers whose work I admire. These are all solid documentarians with great track records that all share my passion and drive. They’ve all had careers as long as mine but they are unknown to Instagram. I want to bring them to a wider audience, you need to know about them. I hope you’ll agree, maybe you’ll follow them too. Either way, I’d be keen to hear your thoughts…) @simontownsley #simontownsley #photojournalism #privateview #documentaryphotography #photojournalism #documentary #lensculture #visualarchitects #socialdocumentary #simonnorfolkprivatevie

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Thanks to all those who have checked out the “Private View’ / @simontownsley … meanwhile, another of my images of restoration work undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Afghanistan… The restored Ikhtyaruddin Citadel, Herat, Afghanistan. Central to the turbulent history of the city the structure is an impressive example of surviving citadels in the region. Alexander the Great besieged Herat in 300 BCE during his campaign against the Achaemenids. Known at the time as Artacoana (the ancient capital of Aria), Herat was rebuilt and called Alexandria of Aria. It is believed that the citadel was first established on its current site during this period. Follow me  @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects @simonnorfolkstudio @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery  @galleryluisotti @natgeo #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #worldmonuments  #archaeology #citadel #afghanistan  #unesco #renovation #restoration #conservation  #history #worldheritage #heritage #simonnorfolkstudio  #documentary #reportage #igtravel #visualarchitects @worldmonumentsfund @akdn #herat

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