One afternoon with French photographer Alice Martina in 2008 , we chanced upon the Tajbeg Palace. I shot some footage and she took photographs. Four years on, we met again in London and reflected on the chilling beauty and historical legibility of this building.
Tajbeg Palace or Tapa-e-Tajbeg Palace is a Palace built in the 1920s and located about 16 km outside of Kabul, Afghanistan. The stately mansion sits atop a knoll among foothills where the Afghan royal family once hunted and picnicked.
Operation Storm-333 («Шторм-333») was the codename of the operation on December 27, 1979 in which Soviet special forces stormed the Palace and killed President Hafizullah Amin and his 200 personal guards. His eleven year old son died due to shrapnel wounds.
Since the Soviet intervention, the Palace has been occupied by Mujahedeen, Taliban and Coalition Forces and has been severely damaged due to the quarter century of violence that has gripped the country.