Simon Norfolk (British, b. 1963)
chromogenic process color print, Image - h:48.60 w:60.80 cm (h:19 1/8 w:23 7/8 inches)
Paper - h:58.50 w:70.70 cm (h:23 w:27 13/16 inches)
Matted - h:71.12 w:81.28 cm (h:28 w:32 inches). The Julius L. Greenfield Photography Acquisition Fund 2008.162
In his explorations of war, Norfolk seeks to capture its impact on humanity and the environment. In this image, the peaceful, sun-drenched date grove belies the presence of conflict. Shadowed on the ground, however, are spent shells, abandoned boots, and a crumpled tarpaulin. Norfolk sees it as his duty to make the viewer examine the scene more closely and recognize its true nature: a site of war.