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Algeria in war by Michael von Graffenried


In 2000, I accompanied Michael von Graffenried at the opening of his exhibition at the National Library of Algiers. For the Swiss photographer, the presentation of his reportage work looked like a redemption. Until then, he was not comfortable with photographs that he considered to have “stolen” for nearly ten years to the Algerian people. Between 1991 and 2000, Michael von Graffenried was one of the very few Western photographers to document the civil war that plunged the country into violence. Any documentary photo, viewfinder to the eye and press armband on the arm, was outlawed. The Bernese had found...

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