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For more than a quarter of a century, Afghanistan has been ravaged by war, drought, and famine. In this magnificent volume, Zalma, Afghan-born photographer, returns after twenty-three years in exile to rediscover his homeland at a crucial moment of transition. Working in rich color, and frequently using a panoramic format that embraces the vastness of the sky and sand, Zalma immerses us in the ravaged landscape and the bustle of reconstruction. "My project tries to capture the resilience of a people who have rarely known peace, their optimism in the face of overwhelming odds and the very real worry that the country remains on a knife-edge and could easily slip back into a nightmare from which it is still trying to escape."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.9" Width: 8.9" Height: 0.7" Weight: 2.3 lbs.
Release Date Aug 15, 2004
ISBN 1931788499 ISBN13 9781931788496
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More About Zalmai
Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Zalmai left the country after the Soviet invasion in 1980. He traveled to Lausanne, Switzerland, where he became a Swiss citizen. Following his passion for Photography, which he discovered very early in life, Zalmai pursued combined studies at both the School of Photography of Lausanne and at the Professional Photography Training Center of Yverdon. In 1989, he began to work as a freelance photographer, traveling around the world from Indonesia to Egypt, from Cuba to the Central African Republic, and eventually returned to Afghanistan, where he continues documenting the ongoing war and plight of the Afghan people. Zalmai's work has been published in several magazines and newspapers, [including the New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, The New Yorker Magazine, Harper's Magazine, Newsweek, La Repubblica and more]. He has worked for a number of International Organizations and NGOs, [including Human Rights Watch, International Committee of the Red Cross, UN Office On Drug and Crime, and the UN Refugee Agency]. Zalmai's work has earned him several international awards, the latest being the Visa D'Or from the Visa Pour l'Image International Photojournalism Festival and a grant by Getty Images.
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Return, Afghanistan Sep 20, 2004
Extraordinary vibrant photographs that capture the essence of the Afghan people: their determination, strength and humanity. This book depicts images of Afghanistan that are rarely seen in the media. Zalmai is a true artist capable of highlighting the misery of human life juxtaposed against the beauty of the human spirit