Photographs by Zalmaï
Essays by Atiq Rahimi and Daniel Girardin
Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1964, Zalmaï fled his homeland in 1980 to escape the occupation of the Soviet Army. He found a new home in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he studied at the School of Creative Photography; and at the Center of Professional Education in Photography, Yverdon. He currently resides in New York.
Born in 1962 in Kabul, Afghanistan, Atiq Rahimi lives and works today in Paris. He is a graduate of the Franco-Afghan Estiqlal of Kabul, but In 1984, he left Afghanistan for Pakistan before requesting and obtaining political asylum in France, where he obtained his doctorate from the Sorbonee. His first book, Terre et Cendre (Editions P.O.L, 2000) was published in France to critical acclaim.
Daniel Girardin is an art historian and chief curator of the Musée de l`Elysée, a museum for photography in Lausanne, Switzerland. He received his Master of Arts from the University of Lausanne in 1986 and has contributed essays to a number of books on photography, including Nicolas Bouvier: L`Oeil du voyageur (Hoëbeke, 2001) and Ella Maillart au Népal (Actes Sud, 1999), among others. Giradin is the curator of the European exhibition of ECLIPSE, which opens in November 2002 in Lausanne.