The mission of ImagineAsia,
a 501(c) non-profit organization
founded by Steve McCurry,
is to
 provide  opportunities to
children and youth in Afghanistan.

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Amina, Bamiyan

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.


Madina, Bamiyan

“Photography is one of the ways to show or reflect the
realities of our community to others.”
 -Marzia, YWPI student 

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Zainab, Mazar-i-Sharif

Participants are enabled to have a voice as they “see” their
neighborhoods and communities in new ways.

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Zainab, Mazar-i-Sharif

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Zahra, Mazar-i-Sharif

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Karima, Mazar-i-Sharif

Ranging from street photography and landscapes to
portraits and candids, the images radiate with
resiliency and hope of each young photographer.

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Zahra, Herat

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Zahra, Herat

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Shokofa, Herat

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Hania, Herat

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Hania, Herat


Sughra, Kabul

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Mahsuoma, Kabul

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Fatema, Kabul

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Mariam, Kabul

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Rizagul, Kabul

The students’ photos portray universal themes and
reflect the resiliency of their culture,
which gives them a powerful voice. 


Kobra, Bamyian


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Shrin, Bamiyan

Amina, Bamyian

Rizagu, Kabul

“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.



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