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Featuring works by Alec Soth, Elaine Constantine, Jamie Hawkesworth and more, the sale hopes to bring safety to the young photographers
On 15 August 2021, the Taliban took governmental control in Afghanistan. For several living within the nation, this shift jeopardised their life. Journalists are a target for the Taliban – over fifty have reportedly been destroyed in targeted attacks given that 2001 – and no division is made between journalism and photography. This is endangering the lives of many Afghan image-makers.
Now, eight Afghan photographers are attempting to flee their homes. These ex-refugees came back to the country in recent years, simply to bear witness to the Taliban takeover. A fundraiser, organized by their teachers Stefan Dotter and Farzana Wahdiy, can be fighting to help them.
In a joint collaboration along with UN agencies, Dotter and Wahdiy have been organising picture taking workshops for the students during the last two years. “Both a very intense and rewarding experience, it allowed me to observe the struggle Afghan individuals face on a daily basis, ” Dotter explains. “When I questioned them to tell me why they wanted to become photographers, the answer was unified. They seemed the world only knows Afghanistan in the context of war and misery… They wished to show the world their country, their culture, and their particular heritage. ”
The fundraiser is produced in partnership with all the ERE Foundation, a global company challenging accountability from within the fashion sector. They act as an open system, connecting creatives for positive-impact projects. The platform has invited 100 photographers to sell images – priced at $80 – in order to raise funds to obtain the evacuation and resettlement of the eight photographers.