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"Podem ainda não estar a ver as coisas à superficie, mas por baixo já está tudo a arder" - Y. B. Mangunwijaya, escritor indonésio, 16 de Julho de 1998.

The story of Steve McCurry & Sharbat Gula

por josé simões, em 29.07.19


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The story of Steve McCurry & Sharbat Gula, the Afghan Girl





In Memoriam

por josé simões, em 02.05.18


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Shah Marai


1970 - 2018



Remembering Photojournalist Shah Marai






por josé simões, em 07.11.16











'once the refugees were forced to evacuate to different camps from idomeni, many of those possessions were left behind. trucks came in and loaded these items up to take towards the landfill. i decided to see if we could buy or collect them so they would not be destroyed.'

'with a truckload of those materials, including thousands of blankets, clothes and shoes, all impossibly dirty, we transported them to my studio in berlin. there, we carefully washed the clothes and shoes, piece by piece. each article of clothing was washed, dried, ironed, and then recorded. our work was the same as that of a laundromat.'







||| War, What is it good for? Absolutely nothing [5]

por josé simões, em 01.11.14


Brian Adams Rifleman Craig Wood, injured in Afghan


Brian Adams Marine Joe Townsend, injured in Afghan


Brian Adams Private Jaco Van Gass, injured in Afgh



«I just thought I should try and be as honest with them as possible, because they were being honest with me»

What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, say it again y'all







||| War, What is it good for? Absolutely nothing [4]

por josé simões, em 21.10.14









«Robert Wilson's Helmand photographs brought to UK streets»

What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, say it again y'all







||| Anja Niedringhaus

por josé simões, em 06.04.14

















||| O nosso homem no Afeganistão

por josé simões, em 25.11.13



|| Da série "Grandes Primeiras Páginas"

por josé simões, em 27.10.13




A capa da ShortList magazine







|| Urination at War: Don't Be Mad at the Peeing; Be Mad at the Killing

por josé simões, em 15.01.12




«To be a soldier in wartime means being told constantly to do things that tread close to hellish. Yet when that hellishness occasionally boomerangs and smacks civilians in the face via grotesque videos and images, journalists and politicians like to label the soldiers "completely inhuman," as Afghan President Hamid Karzai called the urination footage. In fact, Karzai is right: It is completely inhuman. But it's inhuman because many of our soldiers have, for their own sanity, learned to strip humanity out of the equation, making their enemy not a man, but a "gook" or "towelhead." Being able to make that distinction in your mind is important in war, because when you can look at the person at the end of your gun barrel and think he's not a man, you allow yourself to ignore all the lessons you learned about how killing people is wrong. If your enemy is not a man like you, with a family and a mother, then why not shoot him in the heart? And once you've shot him in the heart, why not pee on him?»









|| Convite

por josé simões, em 03.10.11













|| Terror Chess

por josé simões, em 21.07.11




Commemorative Chess Sets and Statue Pieces by Hobby Leisure Manufacturing






|| World Press Photo 2010

por josé simões, em 11.02.11














|| Minaretes na Suíça

por josé simões, em 07.02.11






|| O Alfaiate do Panamá

por josé simões, em 26.11.10







|| A história (aparentemente) interminável

por josé simões, em 21.11.10







Depois de ver numa televisão uma reportagem sobre uma escola para mulheres no Afeganistão de dois mil e qualquer coisa, impossível nos idos dos talibans contra pena de serem todas mortas em nome de Alá, O Misericordioso, lembrei-me da argumentação de Sidney Smith, cura numa paróquia rural da Inglaterra de mil e oitocentos e troca o passo, em defesa do investimento na educação das mulheres: «Se esta fosse melhorada, a educação dos homens melhoraria também, porque «a formação do carácter nos primeiros sete ou oito anos de vida parece depender quase inteiramente das mulheres».


Duvido que os mullahs e os talibans tenham lido, ou saibam sequer quem foi Sidney Smith. Mas sabem.