Born in 1946, Luke Powell holds degrees in religion from the University of North Carolina and Yale University. He first visited Iran and Pakistan in the autumn of 1971. During the Russian occupation of Afghanistan his exhibition “The Afghan Folio” traveled to 120 museums and galleries, yet requests for further exhibitions ceased when US intervention began. From 2000 to 2003 Powell photographed for the United Nations Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan and other UN agencies. Steidl published Powell’s Afghan Gold in 2013.