Quote of the Week by Seamus Murphy


“I love watching something that isn’t leading me up the garden path, something that keeps you on your toes but you’re still enjoying it. I think that’s what’s interesting about photography, that’s what’s interesting about poetry, and that’s why they’re allied and linked because they are these images, discreet images that often add up to the sum of their parts.” —Seamus Murphy (1959)

Seamus Murphy has over 20 years of experience working in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The author of four books, including A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan, he is the recipient of seven World Press Photo awards for his work in Afghanistan, Gaza, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Peru and Ireland and received The World Understanding Award from Pictures of the Year in 2005 in the USA for his work from Afghanistan. A film he made centred on his Afghan work won the Liberty in Media Prize in 2011 and was nominated for an Emmy. He has been published in all major international publications and recently made films for The New Yorker and Channel 4 News in the UK.