This issue of Contact Sheet includes a selection of images from The Victor Weeps, published by Scalo in 1998. This smaller exhibition catalogue was produced collaboratively by the Volkart Foundation, Steidl Publishers, Light Work, and Fazal Sheik as a part of the International Human Rights Series. Both the book and the exhibition use narratives and pictures to unfold the conflicts that have ravaged the country and the people of Afghanistan over the past twenty years.
In 1994 Sheikh was named by the New York Times as one of thirty artists, thirty and under, most likely to change the culture for the next thirty years. Fazal Sheikh is the author of four books: A Sense of Common Ground (Scalo, 1996), The Victor Weeps (Scalo, 1998), A Camel for the Son (2001), and Ramadan Moon (2001). In 2001 he embarked on a series of book projects in international human rights issues. Sheikh lives in Zurich and New York City.