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Farzana Wahidy


From a story on Women in Afghanistan. Jawzjan Province 2010

Editor’s note: Farzana is one of the photographers featured in ‘Frame by Frame’, a documentary film project that follows four Afghan photographers to explore the recent revolution of local photojournalism in Afghanistan. It looks like a worthy project now up on Kickstarter.

Farzana Wahidy (b.1984, Afghanistan) grew up in Kandahar and moved to Kabul at the age of six. After the Taliban came to power and prohibited the education of women, she secretly attended an underground school located in an apartment with 300 other girls. When the Taliban were defeated, Farzana continued her education, completing high school, then enrolled in a two-year program sponsored by AINA Photojournalism Institute. In 2004, she began working part-time as a photojournalist for Agence-France Presse, becoming the first female Afghan photojournalist to work for an international wire service. Her work has been published  in The Sunday Times, and Le Monde.

About the Photograph:

“This photo was made in a rural area of northern Afghanistan where a number of Afghan women who are not able to work outside of their homes are busy weaving carpets. They start learning to weave at a very early age when they are still children and continue until they can hardly see or even sit any more. Some of these women not only use hashish themselves but also give it to their kids to fall asleep so they aren’t bothered by them while they are working.”


[via Verve Photo- The New Breed of Documentary Photographers]

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