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Afghanistan Through a Different Lens

A photo by Basir SeeratA photo by Basir Seerat

For once Afghanistan is to be portrayed away from the pain and misery of bloody wars, internal strife, terrorism and oppression. Its unique landscapes will be on display at a group photo exhibition organized by Eco Cultural Institute (ECI) based in Tehran.

The photos will show the plains of Bakwa in Farah Province; the towering mountains of the Hindu Kush in Nuristan and Badakhshan provinces; Helmand River, the longest river of the country and the primary watershed for Sistan Basin; Amu Darya or Oxus River in the north and eastern forests.

Sixteen photographers are participating. From Afghanistan, participants are Baryalai Khoshhal, Basir Seerat, Aref Karimi, Farzad Osyan, Latif Azimi, Mohammad Ali Sheida, Morteza Herati, Massoud Hossaini, Najibullah Mosafer and Najiba Noori, IRNA reported. Other photographers are Tahmineh Monzavi and Hossein Hosseini from Iran, Grant Somers and Matthew Karsten from the US, and Frenchman Eric Lafforgue.

The exhibition is curated by Afghan photographer Fatima Hosseini, member of the Photography Society of Afghanistan, a non-profit organization to educate and promote Afghan photographers.

In an earlier interview, Hosseini said: “The darker the photos show Afghanistan, the larger global awards they receive.” However, she has not followed this pattern. In fact, the exhibit is the result of her disposition against the four-decade-old trend related to Afghan photography that usually is focused on the grim side of her war-ravaged country.

The exhibition will be held November 25-December 2 at the Diplomatic Gallery of ECO (Economic Cooperation Organization) located at No. 3, Niloufar Alley, Movahed Danesh St., Aqdasieh neighborhood.

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