At 13 years old, the world of Farzana Wahidy changed. The Taliban took over her country. She was required to wear a burqua in the streets and was no longer allowed to go to school. Despite the Taliban rules, she hid books under her clothing and attended an underground school. When the United States ended Taliban rule in 2001, Farzana attended high school and then a photo-journalism program. She conquered barriers when she became the first female Afghan photographer for the American Free Press and then the Associated Press.
Farzana studied in Canada on scholarship, but returned to Afghanistan to tell the story of her country. She says of her photography, “I try to show the bigger image, not just show we have problems, and we do have a lot of problems, but I do want to show normal daily life.” Farzana focuses on telling the stories of women. Through her photography she is sharing the experiences of her country and being an Afghan woman.
We have put some of her amazing photos below and you can see more here.