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Living Death, 2003

In 2003 a devastating earthquake struck the city of Bam in Kerman Province, Iran. It is estimated that over 50,000 died and has been ranked as the third deadliest earthquake in Iranian history. I travelled to Bam the day after this terrible natural disaster to capture the city, the people, and their stories.

The stench of corpses could be smelled throughout the city, almost all buildings were in ruins, tents were everywhere, and huge crowds of lost and desperate people gathered and mourned. But the thing that struck me the most was the playfulness of children, even when surrounded by death, and the fact that even when there has been so much loss, the vitality of life cannot be suppressed.

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