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This is another re-post of an old picture. I first uploaded it here in December 2007. It was among the first pictures I ever scanned and I thought the not so good result was due to my lacking knowledge of scanning. Lately I realized the problem was mainly sloppy post-processing. This time I have adjusted the colours, used the shadows/highlights to bring out more details in shady areas and sharpened it a bit.

Last week I made another re-post and was surprised that many of you prefered the old version where the colours were quite bad, according to my judgement. This time I really think that the new verson is superior to the original.

Here is my original note:

This is a girl I met in a street in the town of Balkh in northern Afghanistan in May 1973. The little metal box stitched to her dress is a talisman containing most likely a quotation from the Quran to protect her from evil.
Nowadays Balkh is a small town of muddy streets and mostly simple houses with little to remind a visitor that in ancient times this was one of the great cities of the world.


To this I can add that this photo is among my personal favourites. I have a larger-than-life copy of it at home, scanned professionaly for an exhibition two years ago.

I scanned this myself from a Kodachrome slide.

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