SIMON NORFOLK

SIMON NORFOLK @simonnorfolkstudio

… A photographer whose work over the past fifteen years has been themed around a probing and stretching of the meaning of the word ‘battlefield’...
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I’ve been working for a year now on a larger project about the aftermath of the First World War. Stumbled across these munitions whilst photographing in a field in the Somme. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @simonnorfolkstudio #simonnorfolk #conflict #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #battlefield #war #notwar #chronotopia #aftermath #photojournalism #journalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolkstudio #simonnorfolk #documentary #visualarchitects #warfare #uxo #munitions #WWI #unexplodedbomb #weapon #somme #firstworldwar
Photographed whilst on assignment for an upcoming story for National Geographic Magazine. Mosaics at the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem: The Doubting of Thomas. The Church of Nativity in Bethlehem is the only major church in the Holy Land that survives intact from the early Christian period. The Church of the Nativity was originally commissioned in 327 by Roman emperor Constantine and his mother Helena over the cave that is still traditionally considered to be the birthplace of Jesus. The present church was built by the Emperor Justinian after the destruction of the Samaritan Revolt of 529 CE. In 614, the church had a narrow escape. A Sassanian army from Persia had invaded the Holy Land and proceeded to destroy all the churches. However, they desisted at Bethlehem because they recognised the images of their ancestors, the Magi, above the entrance to the Church. The site is currently under restoration within an international project managed by the Palestinians through the Project Client "The Palestinian Presidential Committee for the Restoration of the Nativity Church". Work on the mosaics is part of an estimated $19 million makeover -the building hadn't undergone major repairs since 1479. Of the 2,000 meters of original mosaics, only 150 meters squared remains. Mosaics created 155-1169CE The artist, Basilius, signed his name in Latin and Syriac — using tesserae. Basilius did the technical work, Aram was was the artist. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @simonnorfolkstudio #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #jerusalem #archaeology #Jesus #religion #faith #holyland #christianity #simonnorfolkstudio #igtravel #visualarchitects #crucifixion #mosaic
Photographed on assignment for an upcoming story for National Geographic Magazine. Scenes along the Via Dolorosa on Good Friday 2017. Estimates are that there were 50,000 pilgrims in Jerusalem over the Easter weekend which saw a rare combination of Jewish Passover and Orthodox and Catholic Easters all at the same time. Many of the Christian groups were carrying national flags such as Eritreans and Serbians. Through it all was a massive security presence from the many different branches of the Israeli police and military. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @simonnorfolkstudio #simonnorfolk #jerusalem #Jesus #religion #faith #holyland #christianity #simonnorfolkstudio #igtravel #visualarchitects #armedguard #security #crucifix #christians #conflict #juxtaposition #streetphotography #catholicism #passover #goodfriday #security #easter #photojournalism #documentaryphotography
Pleased to see my work for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) featured in a new book, “AFGHANISTAN Preserving Historic Heritage” by the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme. Here a photograph of the restored Timur Shah Mausoleum set within a public garden adjacent to the Kabul River. One of the largest surviving Islamic monuments in central Kabul, the mausoleum of Timur Shah marks the grave of the son of Ahmad Shah Durrani, who effectively created the modern state of Afghanistan in the late eighteenth century. The mausoleum was heavily damaged in recent decades, but now restored it stands as one of the most iconic monuments in Kabul and the surrounding park provides much-needed green space in a congested part of the city. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @worldmonumentsfund @akdn @natgeo #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #worldmonuments #archaeology #mausoleum #afghanistan #islamicarchitecture #unesco #renovation #restoration #conservation #islamicworld #islam #history #worldheritage #heritage #simonnorfolkstudio #islamicart #documentary #reportage #igtravel #visualarchitects #kabul @simonnorfolkstudio
Photographed by @simonnorfolkstudio on assignment for an upcoming story for National Geographic Magazine. Much of the ministry of Jesus occurred on the shores of Lake Galilee. In those days, there was a continuous ribbon development of settlements and villages around the lake and plenty of trade and ferrying by boat. The Synoptic gospels of Mark (1:14–20), Matthew (4:18–22), and Luke (5:1–11) describe how Jesus recruited four of his apostles from the shores of Lake Galilee: the fishermen Simon and his brother Andrew and the brothers John and James. One of Jesus' famous teaching episodes, the Sermon on the Mount, is supposed to have been given on a hill overlooking the lake. Many of his miracles are also said to have occurred here. Increasing water demand in Israel, Lebanon and Jordan, as well as dry winters, have resulted in stress on the lake and a decreasing water line to dangerously low levels at times. The Sea of Galilee is at risk of becoming irreversibly salinized by the salt water springs under the lake, which are held in check by the weight of the freshwater on top of them Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @simonnorfolkstudio #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #climatechange #bible #biblical #archaeology #Jesus #religion #faith #holyland #christianity #simonnorfolkstudio #igtravel #visualarchitects #lakegalilee #galilee #Tabgha #seaofgalilee
Photographed on assignment for an upcoming story for National Geographic Magazine. The Via Dolorosa (Latin: "Way of Grief / Sorrow / Suffering", or simply "Painful Way"; Hebrew: ויה דולורוזה; Arabic: طريق الآلام) is a street within the Old City of Jerusalem, believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. The winding route from the Antonia Fortress west to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre — a distance of about 600 metres (2,000 feet) — is a celebrated place of Christian pilgrimage. The current route has been established since the 18th century, replacing various earlier versions. It is today marked by nine Stations of the Cross; there have been fourteen stations since the late 15th century, with the remaining five stations being inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @simonnorfolkstudio #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #jerusalem #archaeology #Jesus #religion #faith #holyland #christianity #simonnorfolkstudio #igtravel #visualarchitects #street-photography #street #pilgrimage #stationsofthecross #bible #stairway @simonnorfolkstudio
Photographed on assignment for an upcoming story for National Geographic magazine ... Jerusalem, Old City. From a window of the Omariya School on Via Dolorosa is a view of the Dome of the Rock / Qubbat al-Sakhrah (Arabic: ‫قبة الصخرة‬‎‎ , Hebrew: ‫כיפת הסלע‬‎‎, Kippat ha-Sela.) Initially completed in 691 CE at the order of Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik, it was built on the site of a Roman temple, which had in turn been built on the site of an earlier Jewish temple, destroyed during the Roman Siege of Jerusalem in 70 CE. The original dome collapsed in 1015 and was rebuilt in 1022–23. The building is in its core one of the oldest extant works of Islamic architecture. In light of the dual claims of both Judaism and Islam, it is one of the most contested religious sites in the world. Since the Crusades, the Muslim community of Jerusalem has managed the site, without interruption. As the site is part of the Old City, controlled by Israel since 1967, it remains a major focal point of the Arab–Israeli conflict. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @simonnorfolkstudio #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #jerusalem #holyland #christianity #simonnorfolkstudio #igtravel #visualarchitects #architecture #window #islamicart #islam #islamicarchitecture #holysite #sacred #religion #faith
Photograph taken on assignment for an upcoming story for National Geographic Magazine... The "Christ Pantocrator" mosaic in the dome of the main Greek Orthodox chapel in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. The icon of Christ Pantocrator is one of the most common religious images of Orthodox Christianity. The most common translation of Pantocrator is "Almighty" or "All-powerful." In this understanding, Pantocrator is a compound word formed from the Greek words πᾶς, pas (παντός pantos), i.e. "all" and κράτος, kratos, i.e. "strength," "might," "power." This is often understood in terms of potential power; i.e., ability to do anything, omnipotence. Another, more literal translation is "Ruler of All" or, less literally, "Sustainer of the World". Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @simonnorfolkstudio @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #jerusalem #archaeology #Jesus #religion #faith #holyland #christianity #simonnorfolkstudio #igtravel #visualarchitects #painting #golden #holy #sacred #christpantocrator #christ #mosaic #art #ancient #sacred #holy #religious #worship #orthodoxchurch
On assignment: upcoming story for National Geographic Magazine Herodium (Latin), Herodeion (Ancient Greek), best known in Israel as Herodion and in Arabic as Jabal al-Fureidis (lit. "Paradise Hill") is a truncated cone-shaped hill, located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south of Jerusalem and 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) southeast of Bethlehem. Herod the Great built a palace fortress and a small town at Herodium, between 23 and 15 BCE, and is believed to have been buried there. Herodium is 758 meters (2,487 ft) above sea level, the highest peak in the Judaean Desert. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @simonnorfolkstudio @worldmonumentsfund @unesco #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #jerusalem #archaeology #herodium #herodeion #bethlehem #fortress #drone #aerial #worldheritage #dronefootage #archaeology #Jesus #religion #faith #holyland #christianity #simonnorfolkstudio #igtravel #visualarchitects
Photograph taken on assignment for an upcoming story for National Geographic The dome above the Edicule in the Church of the Holy Sepuchre, Jerusalem. The church contains, according to traditions dating back to at least the fourth century, the two holiest sites in Christianity: the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, at a place known as "Calvary" or "Golgotha", and Jesus's empty tomb, where he is said to have been buried and resurrected. The tomb is enclosed by the 18th-century shrine, called the Edicule. The Status Quo, a 250-year old understanding between religious communities, applies to the site. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @natgeo @simonnorfolkstudio @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #jerusalem #holy #sacred #church #architecture #eyeofGod #edicule #archaeology #Jesus #religion #faith #holyland #christianity #simonnorfolkstudio #igtravel #visualarchitects
on assignment for an upcoming story for @natgeo ... Franciscan monks watch from their chapel in the Rotunda, looking down on the ceremonies around the Edicule of the Church of the Holy Sepuchre, Jerusalem. The church contains, according to traditions dating back to at least the fourth century, the two holiest sites in Christianity: the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, at a place known as "Calvary" or "Golgotha", and Jesus's empty tomb, where he is said to have been buried and resurrected. The tomb is enclosed by the 18th-century shrine, called the Edicule. The Status Quo, a 250-year old understanding between religious communities, applies to the site Celebrations held to mark the opening of the Edicule after months of restoration work. All the various communities that have an interest in the Church were in attendance in all their finery. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @natgeo @simonnorfolkstudio #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #jerusalem #edicule #franciscan #holysepulchre #church #priests #monks #Jesus #religion #faith #holyland #christianity #simonnorfolkstudio #igtravel #visualarchitects #traditions #culture #history #travelphotography
More from my recent work for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Badakhstan province in northern Afghanistan is located at the convergence of the Hindu Kush and Pamir mountain ranges, with the previous district centre (seen here in the distance) placed at the crossroads of smaller valleys headed towards Tajikistan, China and Pakistan. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects @natgeo @akdn @simonnorfolkstudio #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #worldmonuments #landscape #afghanistan #simonnorfolkstudio #igtravel #visualarchitects #badakhstan #simonnorfolk
More from my work for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) featured in a new book, “AFGHANISTAN Preserving Historic Heritage” by the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme. Here a photograph of the team of Afghan workers on the walls of the newly restored Ikhtyaruddin Citadel, Herat. The project generated almost 70,000 man-days for both skilled craftsmen and unskilled labour. In the context of increasing pressure for wholesale 'redevelopment' of the traditional fabric of Herat's Old City, the restored citadel will serve as an example of the potential for adaptive reuse of public historical structures for cultural and educational facilities. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @worldmonumentsfund @akdn #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #worldmonuments #archaeology #afghanistan #unesco #renovation #restoration #conservation #islamicworld #islam #history #worldheritage #heritage #simonnorfolkstudio #igtravel #visualarchitects #kabul #herat #citadel @simonnorfolkstudio
More from my work for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) featured in a new book, “AFGHANISTAN Preserving Historic Heritage” by the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme. Here a photograph of the restored Ikhtyaruddin Citadel, Herat. Central to the turbulent history of the city the structure is an impressive example of surviving citadels in the region. Alexander the Great besieged Herat in 300 BC during his campaign against the Achaemenids. Known at the time as Artacoana (the ancient capital of Aria), Herat was rebuilt and called Alexandria of Aria. It is believed that the citadel was first established on its current site during this period. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @thephotosociety @worldmonumentsfund @akdn #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #worldmonuments #archaeology #afghanistan #unesco #renovation #restoration #conservation #islamicworld #herat #citadel
On this day (2nd August) in 1957 construction was completed on the Lovell Telescope, a radio telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory in the north-west of England. When completed the telescope was the largest steerable dish radio telescope in the world at 76.2 m (250 ft) in diameter. Sixty years later it is now the third largest, after the Green Bank telescope in West Virginia, United States, and the Effelsberg telescope in Germany. The Lovell telescope became operational just in time for the launch of Sputnik 1, the world's first artificial satellite. While the transmissions from Sputnik itself could easily be picked up by a household radio, the Lovell Telescope was the only telescope capable of tracking Sputnik’s booster rocket by radar. Some 3,500 tons of steel support the dish. Without the annual application of 5,200 litres of weatherproof paint, the telescope on the exposed Cheshire Plain would rust away. Scaffolding cannot be used, as the telescope remains operative at night after daytime maintenance work. Instead, specially trained painters use ropes and harnesses to do the job. This image was a prizewinner in the 2001 World Press Photo Awards. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @thephotosociety #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #lovelltelescope #jodrellbank #astronomy #radiotelescope #worldpressphoto #environmentalscience #environmentalist
More from my work for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) featured in a new book, “AFGHANISTAN Preserving Historic Heritage” by the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme. Here a photograph of the restored conical dome of the Khwaja Rokhband Mosque and Cistern Complex in Herat against the backdrop of the Old City. The Shrine of Khwaja Rokhband (literally the”master who covers his face”), located in the Bar Durrani quarter of the Old City, comprises 3 mosques and a water cistern grouped around an historic graveyard. A dedication carved in the original marble headstone dates to AD 846. (AH 232). Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @thephotosociety @worldmonumentsfund @akdn #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #worldmonuments #archaeology #afghanistan #unesco #renovation #restoration #conservation #islamicworld #islam #history #worldheritage #heritage #simonnorfolkstudio #igtravel #visualarchitects #kabul #babursgarden @simonnorfolkstudio #herat
More from my work for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) featured in a new book, “AFGHANISTAN Preserving Historic Heritage” by the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme. Here a photograph of the restored Babur's Garden … nestled in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains and the fertile alluvial plains of the Kabul River basin, Afghanistan. The garden is named after a young Uzbek Prince, Zahir-ud-Din Muhammad (“Defender of the Faith”; commonly known by his nickname “Babur”) who captured Kabul in 1504 at the age of 21. Babur's garden is divided into stepped terraces of sixteen levels, and his grave is located near the top of the site. The garden represents an oasis of tranquility surrounded by informal residential development; native species of fruit trees and flowers have been planted in the restored garden. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @thephotosociety @worldmonumentsfund @akdn #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #worldmonuments #archaeology #afghanistan #unesco #renovation #restoration #conservation #islamicworld #islam #history #worldheritage #heritage #simonnorfolkstudio #igtravel #visualarchitects #kabul #babursgarden @simonnorfolkstudio #garden
Pleased to see my work for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) featured in a new book, “AFGHANISTAN Preserving Historic Heritage” by the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme. Here a photograph of the restored Timur Shah Mausoleum set within a public garden adjacent to the Kabul River. One of the largest surviving Islamic monuments in central Kabul, the mausoleum of Timur Shah marks the grave of the son of Ahmad Shah Durrani, who effectively crated the modern state of Afghanistan in the late eighteenth century. The mausoleum was heavily damaged in recent decades, but now restored it stands as one of the most iconic monuments in Kabul and the surrounding park provides much-needed green space in a congested part of the city. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @thephotosociety @worldmonumentsfund @akdn #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #worldmonuments #archaeology #mausoleum #afghanistan #islamicarchitecture #unesco #renovation #restoration #conservation #islamicworld #islam #history #worldheritage #heritage #simonnorfolkstudio #islamicart #documentary #reportage #igtravel #visualarchitects #kabul @simonnorfolkstudio
Pleased to see my photographic survey of restoration works to the ancient Masjid e Noh Gonbad (Persian: ‫مسجد نُه‌گنبد‬‎‎ Mosque of Nine Cupolas), a ninth century Samanid-style building in Balkh Province, northern Afghanistan, featured as an essay in a new book, “The Nine Domes of the Universe”. The result of a long term collaboration with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in Afghanistan. The site was previously listed on the @worldmonumentsfund 2006 World Monuments Watch list of 100 Most Endangered Sites, and is considered the oldest Islamic building in the country and one of the earliest structures in the entire eastern Islamic world. There seem to be no similar surviving structures from that time period, endowing the mosque with unparalleled cultural and architectural significance. Preserving Afghan heritage has been made all the more important by the recent sociopolitical challenges in the country. In the last 40 years, Afghanistan has endured invasion by the Soviet Union, the rise of the Taliban, military occupation, and internal regional and tribal conflict. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @thephotosociety @worldmonumentsfund @akdn #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #worldmonuments #archaeology #mosque #afghanistan #islamicarchitecture #unesco #renovation #restoration #conservation #islamicworld #islam #history #worldheritage #heritage #simonnorfolkstudio #islamicart #documentary #reportage #igtravel #visualarchitects @simonnorfolkstudio
101 years ago this week (July 1916) marks the beginning of the Battle of the Somme... The battle was fought by the armies of the French and British against the German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the upper reaches of the River Somme in France. The battle was intended to hasten a victory for the Allies and was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front. More than 3 million men fought in this battle and one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history. The battle is notable for the importance of air power and the first use of the tank. I've been working for a year now on a larger project about the aftermath of the War. Here at Newfoundland Park the preserved trenches and shell holes are softened, but still preserved. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @thephotosociety #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk @11_11_11_01 #occupiedfrance #history #war #memorial #warfare #firstworldwar #1916 #1918 #memory #newfoundlandpark #WW1 #somme #trenches #northernfrance