Willem Marx grew up in the UK, studied Classics at Oxford University, before graduating from New York University with an MA in Journalism. He has traveled on assignment to more than 40 countries in five continents, and his writing has been published by Harpers Magazine, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, Prospect and Businessweek. He has also worked as a television journalist at ABC News, Al Jazeera English and CBS News, and is currently a correspondent for Bloomberg TV, based in New York. Marc Wattrelot grew up in Paris, France where he attended the Sorbonne University and Sciences Po Toulouse. There he studied Geography, Political Science and Journalism. His photographic work in Balochistan won the Anthropographia Honorary Mention and has been exhibited at the New York Photo Festival, the Forum for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Gijon Photojournalism Festival in Spain and in Paris. Marc was based in New Delhi for three years where he worked as a journalist for several French television channels. He is now based in Beirut with his family, and works as a documentary filmmaker throughout the Arab world.
The photographs of Marc Wattrelot (who studied journalism in Paris and is now a documentary filmmaker in Beirut) and the reportage of Willem Marx (Classics at Oxford and journalism at NYU) interleave with a sort of restrained and humble eloquence in this sparely designed book to conjure up a nuanced yet dramatic account of this difficult region of a difficult country. Telegraph