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Seamus Murphy began photographing Afghanistan in 1994, and his 2008 book “A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan,” is a classic on the subject. For over two decades, he has worked extensively in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America and most recently he has completed a project on America. His accolades include seven World Press Photo Awards.
Since moving into filmmaking he has made a series of short films for musician P.J. Harvey. In 2012 he won the Media for Liberty Award and was nominated for an Emmy for his work from Afghanistan. He was also nominated for the Prix Bayeux-Calvados des Correspondants de Guerre for his work in Syria.
With all his photography Murphy blends humor and irony with deep insight. “Photography,” he says,“is part history, part magic.”