Photographer Giles Duley on becoming the story

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  • When photographer Giles Duley travelled to Afghanistan in 2011, the trip would change his life - and his girlfriend's - forever

    He spent his twenties photographing everyone from Marilyn Manson to Mariah Carey, before turning his lens on people in less fortunate situations. Throughout his thirties, Giles Duley travelled to countries like Nigeria, Bangladesh and Kenya, photographing victims of conflict.

    Then, in 2011, shortly after meeting his partner Jennie Robertson, Giles travelled to Afghanistan for the first time. It was there, while out on a patrol with US soldiers, that he stood on a landmine. ‘The explosion was instantaneous. There was a bright white light, and then for a second, nothing. Just a numb soundless shock. I thought I was going to die.’

    In the October issue of Marie Claire, features director Anna Saunders interviews Giles and his partner Jennie about the accident that made him a triple amputee and how it changed their lives. Giles also talks about his determination to continue his photography career and return to Afghanistan.

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