June 01, 2012

Stephen Dupont picks up Momento Pro Award

“Stoned in Kabul”, a book by award-winning Australian photojournalist, Stephen Dupont, and featuring words by journalist Jacques Menasche, has won the 2012 Head On Festival’s Momento Pro Photobook of the Year Award.

I am not surprised that this book was chosen out of the 33 finalists - Stephen's artistic skills in book making combined with his powerful images have resulted in an exceptional publication.

I extend my congratulations to Stephen, who I believe, is one of the finest photojournalists in the world. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Stephen in the past and his passion, commitment and intelligence, is obvious. This book is further evidence of his desire to tell important stories that otherwise would remain hidden.

A self-confessed perfectionist, Stephen said he had "absolute trust" in the team at Sydney's Momento Pro, one of Australia's leading photobook print companies, to produce a book that is also "a work of art".

“Stoned in Kabul” traces the tragic journey of two brothers who are addicted to heroin and living in atrocious conditions in war-ravaged Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. It is a sobering work that is delivered with journalistic clarity as well as compassion. In addition to the book there is also a documentary film of the same name.

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Stephen Dupont (C) Brothers Reza and Hussein shoot up heroin, Kabul, 2006