“The photographs humanise and personalise a subject that we, perhaps, automatically associate with suffering. For me, the series serves to anthropomorphise the particular resilience and optimism of the Afghan people whom I spent many years documenting.”
“The city of Benares is an intense combination of fairy tale and nightmare.” Originally published in 1999, End Time City was photographer Michael Ackerman’s documentation of his trip to Benares, the holiest city in Hinduism.
“I can still remember nervously climbing the narrow, steep stairs leading to the small office at the top of the Hirshfeld Centre on Fownes Street. That was where I first met Reggie, a volunteer with Tel-A-Friend. It was a helpline I’d gone to for advice on how to tell my parents I was gay. I was 21.”