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Irreparable Damage
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Hewn into a sandstone cliff by monks between the third and seventh centuries A.D., a domed temple at the Buddhist pilgrimage complex of Bamian has lost much of its splendor. Through the centuries, thieves and iconoclasts have chiseled away most of its murals, leaving the rest to crumble from the walls. Outside at the base of the cliff lie the shattered remains of the giant Buddha statues blown up by the Taliban in 2001. The site can never be fully restored, but work has begun to stabilize the fragile cliff.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: Nikkor 16mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1 second @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Daytime
Lighting Techniques: Reflectors


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