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I am off to Afghanistan for a month on the 27th of April. If Anyone has been there recently I would appreciate any advice, comments and information you can give me about the country as far as shooting. I am not embedding with any army but I am worried about internet/broadband in Kabul, thoughts on security and other logistical stuff.

if you prefer to contact me privately my email is info@antonioolmos.com

cheers

Antonio

by Antonio Olmos at 2008-04-08 16:20:38 UTC (ed. May 27 2008 ) London , United Kingdom | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Hi Antonio

i came back from Afghanistan day before yesterday.
the situation in Kabul seems okay.
but i was imbedded and was only in Kabul for one day.
the rest of the time i spend in Helmand province and that place is not a place to go on your own.
i hear that the northern part of afghanistan is okay to work in.

All the best

Thomas

by Thomas Sjørup | 12 Apr 2008 17:04 | Copenhagen, Denmark | | Report spam→
hey antonio, what do you plan to cover for a month w/o embedding? why aren’t you embedding, choice or time limit, etc? thanks

by R. J. | 12 Apr 2008 22:04 | Kamloops, Canada | | Report spam→
hey man,
was in kabul in february, mustafa has internett, pretty good connection.
I travelled by myself as well and was not with any army or whatever.
All works, grow a beard, get a local dress and you are fine on the street by yourself.
need a good fixer, e-mail me.
p

by [former member] | 14 Apr 2008 13:04 | Katmandu, Nepal | | Report spam→
To Mark Seager: Beautiful slideshow !!!!!
I’m a bit curious about the cooking ingredients: (focal length etc) is it Leica+BW400+35mm+50mm?

I would like to go there next winter, how did you plan your trip ? (visas, accomodation, etc?)

Thanks

by Christian Catafago Carle | 20 Apr 2008 17:04 | Beirut, Lebanon | | Report spam→
Dear Mark, very nice slideshow. Why did you shoot it in black and white? I really wonder what it would look like in color.

by Michiel Bles | 25 Apr 2008 09:04 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | | Report spam→
I wanted to thank everyone for the advice i got online as well as privately. Just a few thoughts I would like to share with you. I was mostly in kabul and I found it safe as easy to work in. Security was very good and not once did i feel in any danger. The only hassle I got was the overzelous cop or soldier wondering what I was doing. I had both Afghan Ministry of Information and ISAF Press passes which helped. I also worked in Lashkargar and Kandahar where the situation was totally different. You need an experienced Fixer to be your eyes and ear to potential problems. In the south of the country you need to be wary of potential problems and its a good idea not to repeat your movements and be very low profile.

Its a beatiful country regardless and I found almost every Afghan I met extremely kind and generous. Its easy to forget that there is more to the country besides war. There are stories to be had there outside the Embed process. I for one can’t wait to go back.

and finally…As you know I never toot my own horn….but i actually made a video. I am ambivalent about the multimedia future but it was a great experience learning a new skill.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2008/may/23/kabul.drug.crisis

and a small picture gallery..

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/gallery/2008/may/25/afghanistan.heroin?picture=334325637

I also did a blog about growing a beard to blend in with the Taliban but I wont bore you with that…

feel free to boo and hiss

Antonio

by Antonio Olmos | 26 May 2008 23:05 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
be sure to go to La Cantina, best mexican food in Kabul: http://lacantinakabul.blogspot.com/ and stop by the Cabul coffee shop, they have wi – fi but you have to pay a small fee for it…
this is a good place to stay : http://lemondeghkabul.blogspot.com/
also check out this web site for great advice:
http://www.kabulguide.net/

by chad hunt | 27 May 2008 13:05 | new york city, United States | | Report spam→
I’m aware this thread has long since fallen by the wayside – But I came across something the other day that might be of use to anyone else planning on going to Afghanistan.

www.afghanistan-analyst.org

by Grant Thistle | 04 Mar 2010 15:03 | Glasgow, Scotland., United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Hola Antonio.Poco que añadir a todo lo dicho por todos los demás.Yo estuve en Kandahar y lo vi muy tranquilo, y uno tiende a olvidar lo que siempre hay que tener presente, que en según que zonas no somos nunca bienvenidos.Cuidate y mucha suerte. Ricardo.

by Ricardo Garcia | 04 Mar 2010 21:03 (ed. Mar 4 2010) | Barcelona, Spain | | Report spam→

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Participants

Antonio Olmos, Photographer Antonio Olmos
Photographer
London , United Kingdom ( LHR )
Thomas Sjørup, News Photographer Thomas Sjørup
News Photographer
Nairobi , Kenya
R. J., deadbeat weasel R. J.
deadbeat weasel
Vancouver , Canada
Christian Catafago Carle, Consultant Christian Catafago Carle
Consultant
(Chriscat)
Buenos Aires , Argentina
Michiel Bles, Photographer Michiel Bles
Photographer
(Sociological photographer )
Amsterdam , Netherlands
chad hunt, photography chad hunt
photography
(www.chadhuntphotography)
New York City , United States
Grant Thistle, Grant Thistle
Glasgow, Scotland. , United Kingdom
Ricardo Garcia, Photojournalist Ricardo Garcia
Photojournalist
(Ricardo Garcia)
Barcelona , Spain


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