“Afghanistan – Between War And Peace” by Balazs Gardi

Afghan men sit in a tea house in Bamyan on October 14, 2004. A nation shattered by wars, droughts, and earthquakes looks for signs of stability amid an uneasy peace. The country held its first-ever direct presidential election that was also a major test of the U.S.-led nation-building efforts since the 2001 ouster of the Taliban. Balazs Gardi/Alexia Foundation

Afghan men sit in a tea house in Bamyan on October 14, 2004. A nation shattered by wars, droughts, and earthquakes looks for signs of stability amid an uneasy peace. The country held its first-ever direct presidential election that was also a major test of the U.S.-led nation-building efforts since the 2001 ouster of the Taliban. Balazs Gardi/Alexia Foundation

In 2006 Balazs Gardi was awarded the Alexia Professional Grant for his work “Afghanistan – Between War And Peace.” The project documented Afghanistan, a nation shattered by wars, droughts and earthquakes, looking for signs of stability amid an uneasy peace.

Balazs shows us a side of the country we infrequently see

While much work has been done on the war in Afghanistan, Balazs shows us a side of the country we infrequently see. We are presented with the people in their daily lives, from girls attending school, to men participating in cock and dog fighting, religious devotions, poverty, and drug abuse. With this fuller presentation of the culture, our understanding of the humanity of the people of Afghanistan grows.

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