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Photo Gallery: The Best View of Heaven is From Hell | reviews, news & interviews

Photo Gallery: The Best View of Heaven is From Hell

Photo Gallery: The Best View of Heaven is From Hell

A British ex-soldier's compelling images of the Afghan National Police

Graffiti in Helmand: One of ex-soldier Bran Symondson's Afghan photographs taken in 2010© Bran Symondson

"There's a similarity between being a soldier and a photographer. They are both looking intensely for the moment." Bran Symondson would know. He served with the British Army in Afghanistan before returning to document the world of the Afghan National Police. A less sensitive photographer might have alighted on the parallel between the action of a rifle barrel and a camera lens. But Symondson's pictures visit a perilous environment where, like that tiny butterfly in All Quiet on the Western Front, a fragile beauty survives and even prospers.

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