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Mittwoch, 2. Dezember 2015

Beloved Afghanistan – Photographs by Anja Niedringhaus


‘For most of my lifetime, I could have kept away from dangers, 
but I have always felt attracted to people in difficult situations.‘
(Anja Niedringhaus, 2005)

 Afghanistan, 2013 © Anja Niedringhaus/AP/picture alliance

In memory of the courage and the dedication of AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who would have celebrated her 50th birthday in October this year, Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus (FkWBH) and Gesellschaft für Humanistische Fotografie (GfHF, Society for Humanistic Photography) present the exhibition Beloved Afghanistan – Photographs by Anja Niedringhaus.

At the beginning of this year, after more than a decade, the international ISAF mission has come to an end. After the fall of the Taliban in 2001, a period of reconstruction had begun in Afghanistan, which had nurtured hopes for a better future. But today, a sobering picture emerges: the security and financial situation in Afghanistan has continued to worsen and women in society are still being brutally oppressed; radical forces are on the rise again, the loss of the hard-earned freedom is looming and democracy is still unstable.


 Afghanistan, 2014 © Anja Niedringhaus/AP/picture alliance

Anja Niedringhaus has worked in numerous war and crisis regions worldwide, but Afghanistan had always been closest to her heart. She loved this land; she had always been fascinated by the openness the locals had been showing her – the stranger. She was one of the few international photojournalists, who repeatedly traveled through Afghanistan. With enormous empathy and artistic sensitivity she portrayed the people in all different life situations. She was no war photographer in the usual sense of the term, but she always kept documenting the everyday life of the ordinary people. She was interested in seeing how they kept living their lives during the war.

Anja Niedringhaus always had a special interest in depicting the situation of women and children; this interest is also reflected in the selection of images for this exhibition.

The exhibition was curated by Gisela Kayser, Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus (FkWBH), and by Katharina Mouratidi,