“It is my goal that this body of work will serve as an example of hope for Afghans everywhere. These portraits provide a much-needed reminder that The Beauty of Afghanistan can be once again. Let us stand together in this global challenge to reinstate the cultural and personal freedoms that have been lost.” — Joanne Warfield
This long-awaited photo journal of Afghanistan by JOANNE WARFIELD, featuring photographs of an ancient country in thriving times, is finally here.
These striking images, taken in 1977, reflect a time now long gone, when the Afghan people lived with pride and dignity, much as they had for generations. Kabul was a bustling center of international trade and commerce, where women held important professional positions and girls went to public schools.
The Beauty of Afghanistan Remembered reveals the kindness and beauty of a rugged, poetic people, and Joanne’s intimate portraits of friends she met there weave the story together. Upon reflection, these captivating images of happier times become haunting, in view of the horrific events of war and poverty these people have endured over the past several decades.
“My goal is to bring a global awareness of Afghanistan and its people during a time of flourishing and peace. The 80-some photographs, from my 1977 journey there, reflect a time now long gone, when the Afghan people lived with pride and dignity, much as they had for generations.
“Now we see a country devastated by the ravages of four decades of war, resulting in the erosion and loss of its ancient culture. Many in the world have only known Afghanistan as a country at war. I want to change this view.”
“I want my work to serve as an inspiration and a positive historical reference for everyone, and help Afghanis world-wide revive their rich, cultural heritage. These photographs capture the beauty and spirit of the Afghan people—a people and country who I hope will once again, like the Phoenix, rise from the ashes.
“As ethnic cultures are becoming rapidly extinct across the globe, it would be a tragic loss to lose the beauty and diversity of Afghanistan, a country that has contributed so much to the world. Let us stand together in this global challenge to reinstate the cultural and personal freedoms that have been lost.”
Donations will fund the preparation of the photographs for national museum exhibitions and venues that can share these wonderful images of hope with the world.
A percentage of sales will be donated to orphanages in Afghanistan and will provide assistance to women and girls for education and health care. Every effort large and small will help.