Afghanistan between hope and fear

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Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear by Paula Bronstein

Winner, International Photography Award, 1st Place, Professional: Book, Documentary, 2016

The Afghan people are standing at a crucial crossroads in history. Can their fragile democratic institutions survive the drawdown of US military support? Will Afghan women and girls be stripped of their modest gains in freedom and opportunity as the West loses interest in their plight? While the media have largely moved on from these stories, Paula Bronstein remains passionately committed to bearing witness to the lives of the Afghan people. In this powerful photo essay, she goes beyond war coverage to reveal the full complexity of daily life in what may be the worlds most reported on yet least known country.

Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear presents a photographic portrait of this war-torn countrys people across more than a decade. With empathy born of the challenges of being an American female photojournalist working in a conservative Islamic country, Bronstein gives voice to those Afghans, particularly women and children, rendered silent during the violent Taliban regime. She documents everything from the grave trials facing the country--human rights abuses against women, poverty and the aftermath of war, and heroin addiction, among them--to the stirrings of new hope, including elections, girls education, and work and recreation. Fellow award-winning journalist Christina Lamb describes the gains that Afghan women have made since the overthrow of the Taliban, as well as the daunting obstacles they still face. An eloquent portrait of everyday life, Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear is the most complete visual narrative history of the country currently in print.
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2016.10.03 Paula Bronstein: Afghanistan - Between Hope and Fear

Paula Bronstein's New Book, 'Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear'

The Afghan people are standing at a crucial crossroads in history. Can their fragile democratic institutions survive the drawdown of US military support? Will Afghan women and girls be stripped of their modest gains in freedom and opportunity as the West loses interest in their plight? While the media have largely moved on from these stories, Paula Bronstein remains passionately committed to bearing witness to the lives of the Afghan people. In this powerful photo essay, she goes beyond war coverage to reveal the full complexity of daily life in what may be the world's most reported on yet least known country. Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear presents a photographic portrait of this war-torn country's people across more than a decade. With empathy born of the challenges of being an American female photojournalist working in a conservative Islamic country, Bronstein gives voice to those Afghans, particularly women and children, rendered silent during the violent Taliban regime.

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The Afghan people are standing at a crucial crossroads in history. Can their fragile democratic institutions survive the drawdown of US military support?

Just try to put down this book without looking at every image, without feeling each person in your gut, in your heart. She has returned to the country repeatedly over the past 14 years to document the lives of the Afghan people against the backdrop of a brutal and protracted war. Her work goes beyond war coverage to reveal the full complexity of daily life in what may be the most reported on, yet least understood country in the world. With empathy born of the challenges of being a female photojournalist working in a conservative Islamic country, Bronstein gives voice to many Afghans who remain silenced by Taliban repression, particularly women and children. Represented by Getty Images Reportage, Bronstein documents the on-going challenges still facing the country today—among them, human rights abuses against women, poverty, heroin addiction and increased violence and instability—to the stirrings of new hope, including women participating in elections for the first time, education for girls, and expanded job and recreational opportunities for both men and women. Bronstein counters the tough issues with positive photographs of women active at political rallies and girls engaged in learning in school classrooms.

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