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My new book is out: (my) Afghanistan

Some of you have reminded me a few times that it was about time to give out a new book. Well, now it’s out: (my) Afghanistan.

It’s documentary work about the people of Badakshan, Afghanistan, and their daily struggle to survive not war or terror, but landslides, floods and erosion of vital agricultural soil.

No grainy and gritty black & white this time (well, only a few pages actually), but 168 color pages that hopefully will do justice to the wonderful colors of this poorly known (and, alas, unfairly considered) region of central Asia.

A quick look into the book is offered below. To order a copy, click here.

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Salaam, Afghanistan

17th May 2014. While Norway celebrates the 200 year anniversary of their constitution, I’m heading for the remote Badakhshan, north east of Afghanistan, for the third time.

There, no constitutional paper grants each and every citizen equal rights, as a base for justice and prosperity. There, natural hazards alone cost hundreds of lives every year. Just 10 days ago, a massive landslide buried half a village and between 2000 and 2700 people, over a third of whom children. A few thousand more have been forced to leave their houses of clay, maybe forever. The disaster in Badakhshan made international headlines for 2 – 3 days and now is gone, forgotten.

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For images and stories from my previous trips to Afghanistan, see the Documentary section above.

Fayzabad, Afghanistan (Tri-X 400)

Fayzabad, north-eastern province of Badakhshan, in president Karzai’s Afghanistan.

While men proudly walk the streets and pose for photographs, women hide behind their chador or stay confined to dedicated areas (like the women recreational park that I had the unique privilege to be admitted to).

More of my BW work in Afghanistan here: Streets and roads of Afghanistan

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