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Currently in New Delhi, photojournalist Rebecca Conway works in India and Pakistan. Her long-term personal project titled, Pakistan: The Kalash is a documentation of the Kalash tribe in...
I'm sharing images made in Kabul from a recent trip for AFP in Afghanistan, working with a fabulous team of women journalists to look at what life in this changing city means for women - and where the women-only beauty parlours dotted all over Kabul mean both a sanctuary amid what remains a male-dominated society, and more hair extensions, nail art, six-inch heels and tattooed eyebrows than I've ever seen in one place.
I'm pleased to be sharing photography from a recent trip to Afghanistan for Agence France Presse, looking at the impact the conflict continues to have on the lives of women.
During an afternoon spent at a women's shelter in Kabul, I met and photographed a 16-year-old raped by an insurgent commander who later fled her home after discovering she was pregnant, and heard stories of domestic abuse survivors who feared being found and forcibly returned home, or losing their children to their husbands.
While legal cases are settled the women can spend years in hiding at the shelter, and many use the time to pursue vocational training or education as they seek autonomy, and freedom.
Honoured to be sharing work from an ongoing project on civilian trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Kashmir through Agence France Presse, and talking about some of the images and the stories behind them here.
I'm super-excited that work from Pakistan is included in Visura's Instagram Takeover, curated by Elizabeth Krist and going live next week.
The images are taken from a long-term personal project documenting the Kalash, Pakistan's smallest and most remote minority, living high in the country's Hindu Kush Mountains.
With a decreasing population of 3500—the Kalash community is the last remnant of the country’s pre-Islamic heritage. With scarce written or photographic history, their existence in Pakistan could one day be forgotten. Kalash elders are concerned their traditions could be lost forever, as increasing numbers convert to Islam or leave the area altogether.
Inhabiting three remote valleys on the Afghanistan border, the geographical isolation of the Kalash and limited investment means access to healthcare, education and markets is difficult, at times almost impossible.
I'm honoured to be able to share part of my work from one of the wildest and most beautiful corners of Pakistan.