A Note from the Author


“Dynamite and Prayers” a New Photo Book by Photojournalst Max Becherer  

Dear Reader,  

I would like to introduce you my first monograph. With over 40 captivating and dramatic images the 60 page coffee table book follows emerald miners of Afghanistan as they search for the most beautiful emeralds in the world. As a bonus the book concludes with a selection of images of villagers playing the ancient horse game of Buzkashi with the beauty of autumn colors as a backdrop.  

A foreword written by Carlotta Gall, a long time New York Times correspondent covering Afghanistan and Pakistan with two books to her name, sets the book in the context of nation’s long history. Readers with all backgrounds will enjoy the book that shows both the captivating beauty of the region and a compelling personal story of the miners themselves. 

Thank you, 

Max Becherer