In December 2019 it will be forty years since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The country has been torn apart by foreign political and military meddling as well as internal strife ever since. The challenges of sustainable peace in Afghanistan cannot be overestimated.
What follows is a story not about troops in battle, but of a country and its people, locked in history.
Click here to view the full story by Daniel Schwartz.
Daniel Schwartz, VII Emeritus Member, has received the Art Prize 2019 of the Canton Solothurn (CH) in recognition of his achievement in photography spanning more than four decades, encompassing the seminal Great Wall of China (1987), a long-term observation of the political reconfiguration of Central Asia and the war for Afghanistan (1998-2018) as well as the topic of global warming, begun with part I in Asia (Delta, 1991-1995), and continued with part II (While the Fires Burn. A Glacier Odyssey, 2009-2016). The award follows the Culture Prize of the Canton of Zurich (2010) and will be handed over on November 11 during a ceremony in the Stadttheater, Olten, Switzerland.
This year, the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop was held in Kigali, Rwanda, and was a project of our partner the VII Academy and PhotoWings. The 7-day workshop set out to inspire and educate future generations of men and women to address important issues through the medium of photography. VII’s Nichole Sobecki, Daniel Schwartz, and Ron Haviv were all part of this year’s event.
The January 19, 2019 issue of Das Magazin (No 3) features a cover story by Daniel Schwartz about his journey to look for and photograph the melting glaciers of Mir Samir in Afghanistan.
Read an excerpt in English below and click here to view the full publication.