Contrary to popular misconception, Afghani men loved getting their pictures taken. I often wandered the bazaars of Herat in the early morning and late afternoon when the blazing midday July sun didn't drive me inside. Despite some language problems, I found many Afghans happy to pose -- the toughest part was getting them to look natural and not wooden when faced with the camera. No such problem with a man and boy at this shoe shop.

1977, 1999 Richard McGuire


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