Poppy

Trails of Afghan Heroin

Antoinette de Jong + others

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Image: Robert Knoth & Antoinette de Jong

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Poppy begins in Afghanistan, tracks through Central Asia, the Balkans, Dubai, Somalia and ends in London. This modern trade route, a dark version of the ancient Silk Road, comes alive through the voices, faces and stories of farmers, soldiers, smugglers, prisoners, bankers, prostitutes, addicts and border guards.

What began in the early 1990s as a series of news assignments, evolved into a personal project and close collaboration between Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong. Their journey begins in Afghanistan, tracks through Central Asia, the Balkans, Dubai, Somalia and ends in London. This modern trade route, a dark version of the ancient Silk Road, comes alive through the voices, faces and stories of farmers, soldiers, smugglers, prisoners, bankers, prostitutes, addicts and border guards.

These stories are easily overlooked or bypassed as too complex for mainstream media. For De Jong and Knoth however, they were key components of their in-depth investigation.

Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong documented the trails of Afghan heroin for two decades, covering the rise of the Taliban, the American intervention after September 9/11 and the recent surge in opium production. Poppy uncovers the relationship between ‘far-away’ places such as Kandahar, Bishkek and Tirana, and the day-to-day events in our own neighbourhoods, such as street crime, drug addiction and even terrorism. By connecting the dots, Knoth and De Jong disclose the ever more complex patterns of our globalised world.

  • Maker(s):
  • Antoinette de Jong,
  • Robert Knoth

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  • Colophon
  • Title: Poppy
  • Design: Kummer & Herrman
  • Photography: Antoinette de Jong, Robert Knoth
  • Language: English
  • Publisher Original Book: Paradox, Hatje Cantz Verlag
  • Producer: YdocFoundation
  • Co-Producer: Paradox
  • Developer: Lots of People
  • Platform: iOS
  • Software: iOS 7.0 or later
  • Device: iPad

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