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Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear / Paula Bronstein

October 2016

© Paula Bronstein

Book launch, screening, & talk
Sunday Oct. 9, 2016, 7:00 PM
Moderated by Kim Barker, author of The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, recently turned into the movie Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, starring Tina Fey.

“Bronstein has put together one of the richest portraits there is of modern Afghanistan – complicated, conflicted, and contradictory, but always compelling. Just try to put down this book without looking at every image, without feeling each person in your gut, in your heart. It’s impossible.”

– Kim Barker


In the fall of 2001, the award-winning American photojournalist Paula Bronstein travelled to Afghanistan on assignment for Getty Images to document the U.S-led “Occupation Enduring Freedom” in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.


Captivated by the indomitable resilience and spirit of the Afghan people and the rugged beauty of their country’s landscape, Bronstein has made Afghanistan her mission ever since. She has returned to the country repeatedly over the past 14 years to document the lives of the Afghan people against the backdrop of a brutal and protracted war.


This remarkable and nuanced body of work is gathered together for the first time in Bronstein’s powerful new monograph Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear (University of Texas Press, August 2016).

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