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The Modern Face Of Kabul: Photo Series Offers A Different Look At The Afghan Capital
April 6, 2014
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Most people in North America only hear about Kabul in the news. They hear about war, violence, destruction — so much that it's easy to picture the Afghan capital as a bleak, sad and inhospitable place. In part, those things may be true. But there is another, less familiar side to Kabul — and that's the side Iranian photographer Morteza Nikoubazl wants to share with the world. Nikoubazl is a Reuters photographer who has spent a lot of time in the city over the last few years. His newest set of pictures is dedicated to showing the young people of Kabul doing totally normal young people stuff. There are images of young men getting haircuts, young girls playing soccer, and young couples getting married. In documenting the city, he did encounter some reticence, which he explains in a blog post: "many people — even young men — still have a problem with having their picture taken. People are very conservative here. For me as a photographer, it seems that when a society doesn’t want to be seen by others in pictures, it means it is in hiding, and perhaps still living in the past." The people who did allow him to take their pictures, however, are very much looking towards the future. The pictures are full of hope and life. They're not at all like the images of Kabul you're likely to see on the news. Take a look at the gallery above to see some of them. (Also defying the stereotypes about Afghanistan: yesterday's remarkably peaceful presidential election.)


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