In Conversation, Lukas Birk on Photo Peshawar

Artist and co-author of Photo Peshawar, Lukas Birk shares his experiences

Large format portraits, Jamalistan Studios, 1960s

“Photography as craft is what this splendid volume examines – photography at the living, bleeding intersection of culture, war, frontier and fantasy, the sheer human inventiveness that results from a magnificent and tragic brew of technology and history. Sean Foley and Lukas Birk look directly at the practicing photographers, the various kinds of craftsmen that have sprung up to define self-representation for generations of Peshawaris. Passion, persistence, good luck and the ability to bond and understand their human subjects are what give this incisive book
its heft.”
—Omar Khan

Photo Peshawar explores the culture of photography in the Pakistani frontier city of Peshawar from the 1940s to the present day.

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About the Authors

Sean Foley is an ethnographer from Ireland specialising in visual anthropology. He works as a researcher on art projects and has made ethnographic films on mortuary workers in India and tourism in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Lukas Birk is an Austrian artist who exhibits regularly and organises visual-media workshops. He has set up artist-in-residency programs in China and Indonesia and organised networks of local artists to co-operate with those in his native Austria.

Lukas and Sean first collaborated by researching tourism in Afghanistan between
2005-2007. This collaboration resulted in the Afghan Box Camera project.