The mission of ImagineAsia,
a 501(c) non-profit organization
founded by Steve McCurry,
is to provide opportunities to
children and youth in Afghanistan.
One of the programs sponsored by IA is the Young Women’s Photography Initiative. The goal of the program is to give students the opportunity to document their communities by giving them the tools to create their own art.
“Photography is one of the ways to show or reflect the
realities of our community to others.”
-Marzia, YWPI student
Participants are enabled to have a voice as they “see” their
neighborhoods and communities in new ways.
Ranging from street photography and landscapes to
portraits and candids, the images radiate with
resiliency and hope of each young photographer.
The students’ photos portray universal themes and
reflect the resiliency of their culture,
which gives them a powerful voice.
“It encourages me to search and find new and
real things in my community.”
-Naderah, YWPI student
The pictures captured by these students are remarkable because they have never used a camera prior to the class.
The teachers were Mariam Alimi and Gulbuddin Elham.