2013 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, Stories, 2nd prize

Life in War

Photographer

Majid Saeedi

Getty Images

21 September, 2011

The people of Afghanistan have had to deal with conflict and military occupation for much of the past 50 years. Conflict and long-term instability in Afghanistan have led to personal trauma, and severe economic and infrastructural damage.

About

Majid Saeedi

Majid Saeedi is an award-winning, internationally recognized Iranian photographer. He has photographed throughout the Middle East for the past two decades, focusing on humanitari...

Background story

Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

Afghan singer Farhad Darya performs at a concert restricted to women. Under the Taliban, listening even to recorded music was forbidden.

 

The people of Afghanistan have had to deal with conflict and military occupation for much of the past 50 years. Conflict and long-term instability in Afghanistan have led to personal trauma, and severe economic and infrastructural damage. Foreign aid has helped support various initiatives to improve infrastructure and education, but as occupation forces withdraw and Western economies face their own difficulties, funds to NGOs are being cut.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/5000 sec
Focal length
24 mm
F-Stop
3.5
ISO
200
Camera
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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