We are so proud to share the launch of the Streets of Afghanistan coffee table book from Hatherleigh Press. The book is available for pre-order now and hits bookstores October 29th.
You can learn more and pre-order your copy here: http://streetsofafghanistanbook.com
This books documents the Streets of Afghanistan exhibition from inception in Kabul in October 2008, where we met the Afghan photographers at AINA Photo who became part of this exhibit. To its journey to the series of public exhibitions in the streets and villages of Afghanistan last fall. Photographer Tony Di ZInno was with us on both the initial trip in 2008 and 4 years later for the public exhibitions in 2012, beautifully documenting the process and the exhibitions.
My heartfelt gratitude goes out to the photographers involved in this project, from the five photographers I met on my first visit to Afghanistan at AINA Photo Agency, Travis Beard, Wakil Kohsar, Najibullah Mustafer, Gulbidden Elham, and Mariam Alimi. To the international talents of Beth Wald, Paula Bronstein, and the late Paula Lerner. To the addition of two images by NBC’s Ann Curry who we met in the spring Kabul in 2009 . And, last but not least a huge bear hug to the man that joined us in 2008 and returned in 2012 to document the exhibition he was then a part of, Tony Di Zinno. 10 photographers, from 3 countries.
Its been the biggest honor to share these images taken in Afghanistan with Afghans in their streets. The power of photography and voice has been part of Mountain2Mountain since its inception in 2006 with our very first event with photographers Beth Wald to set the backdrop of our fundraiser, to our first photography exhibition in support of a project in Nepal, Views of the Himalaya, to the first iteration of the Streets of Exhibition in a small scale studio show after our 2008 visit, Dreams of Kabul. Time and time again, we have integrated photography into our outreach and our mission to inspire, create conversation, and challenge stereotypes in an effort to connect communities and cultures.
We hope you will be inspired by this book, and believe that public art is an integral part of communities, and more of it is needed in countries like Afghanistan. We hope you will add this book to your collection, and give as gifts of inspiration, and know that you were part of the journey. Many thanks to you for your support, for your encouragement, and for continuing to follow the journey through our blogs and photos.