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Desert Beggar #1 - Limited Edition 1 of 7 Photograph Photograph

Yannis Kontos


Photography, C-type on Paper

Size: 59.1 W x 39.4 H x 0.1 D in

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Afghanistan, November 2001. A vulnerable Afghan woman is concealed beneath the folds of her yellow burqa, a symbol laden with both cultural tradition and the oppressive legacy of the Taliban regime. Positioned along a quiet countryside road, she extends a weathered hand in a silent plea for financial assistance. The stark contrast between the vibrant yellow fabric and the muted surroundings serves as a visual metaphor for the stark disparity between the simplicity of rural life and the profound challenges faced by women under the weight of cultural norms and the oppressive legacy of the Taliban regime. This evocative visual narrative not only captures the struggles of an individual but also prompts contemplation on the broader socio-political context, highlighting the enduring impact of oppressive regimes on the lives of those marginalized and silenced by circumstance.

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Photography:C-type on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:7

Size:59.1 W x 39.4 H x 0.1 D in

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Award-winning photographer Yannis Kontos is no stranger to unusual situations. From the everyday life of an amputee in Sierra Leone to warzones around the world, to the streets of Pyongyang, North Korea, Kontos’s lens has captured unadorned but with respect a set of realities unknown to global audiences. His work has been featured in many well-respected publications like Life magazine or the cover of Time magazine. Social issues and the human factor are always center stage in the World Press Photo winner’s 30 year-long career in documentary work, but for his landscape art, it seems that he takes quite a different approach. Currently, Yannis Kontos is an Assistant Professor of Visual Studies and Creative Industries at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences of United Arab Emirates University. He holds a PhD degree in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales (UK) and a Master of Arts degree in Photographic Journalism from the University of Westminster (UK).

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