Stephen Dupont

Stoned in Kabul

Stephen Dupont

Stoned in Kabul



Edition Size



Digital print, Photo


Cloth case, Hand-sewn


Artist Book


10.5 × 8.5 × 2.25 in


Afghanistan, Sydney, Australia


Bordertown Books

$ 3,080.00


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2012 Momento Pro Photobook of the Year Award
The award celebrates the work of Australian photographers in conjunction with the Head On Photo Festival.

The project “Stoned in Kabul” documents the life of two brothers struggling against heroin addiction in the war-torn capital of Afghanistan, Kabul.
The project has also been conceived as a documentary film in collaboration with Stephen’s friend, journalist, and writer Jacques Menasche; Stephen and Jacques designed the book together as a companion piece to the documentary, and Jacques’s narration also accompanies the photo book that has taken first place.

From 2006 through 2008 Dupont and Menasche followed and ultimately formed an intimate relationship with Reza and Hussein, two brothers living in Kabul with a severe heroin addiction. Their story parallels the story of their war-torn country and ultimately confronts the reader with their own complicity in the myriad layers of addiction and modern colonialism.

Originally shot in medium and 35mm formats with various films and video stills, inkjet printed. Hand sewn binding. 10.5″ x 8.5.” Limited numbered edition of 100. Published by Bordertown Books, the artist’s imprint, in Sydney, Australia. 2011.

Limited Edition Book, 100 numbered copies. 10 3/8 x 8 ½ inches. This book is printed on archival 220 gsm pure cotton rag photographic paper. Each book is personally hand-bound and stitched. The limited-edition is 100 only.