In 2006, an ethnographer and a visual artist travelled through Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan trailing the routes of tourists and threading stories they gathered, from shooting handguns in the gun factories, to dancing under the destroyed Buddhas of Bamiyan. An innovative visual ethnography of independent tourism, aiming through the marginal optics of tourists, to push the imaginative limits of how a deeply troubled region of the world is perceived.
Sean Foley, an Irish ethnographer specialising in visual anthropology, works as a researcher on art projects. He first made it to Afghanistan in 2002. He has made ethnographic films on mortuary workers in India, tourism in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and cultural ecology in the south of Greece.