It was early morning in Kabul and Andrew Quilty was sipping tea with a group of men. It had been snowing outside; the wood heater was burning in a corner of the room. While a young boy collected tea glasses on a tray, the men discussed the possible outcomes of the day ahead. There was a lot at stake: In a few moments, dogs the men owned and trained would be competing in a bloody fighting competition. Strange though it many seem, the scene seemed familiar to Quilty: it reminded him of pre-rugby game mornings in his home of Sydney, 7,000 miles away. The young Australian photographer had only been in Afghanistan for a couple of days when he started shooting the dog training and fighting that took place on the hills around the capital. More than a year after his first visit, the country has become his home. He joined R&K from the town of Mazari Sharif.
Roads & Kingdoms: Hi Andrew, where exactly is Mazari Sharif?
Andrew Quilty: North of Kabul, towards the border with Uzbekistan. It’s one of the more mellow cities in Afghanistan. I live in Kabul but I’m on assignment here for a couple of days with the Washington Post.