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KAFEEL, KHOST PROVINCE BY ORIANE ZERAH. “In Afghanistan, one of the traditional hats is called Pakol, and in Khost the tradition is that men wear their pakol decorated with flowers. In the village of Qaley Fakiram, located in the district of Tani, lives a family consisting of 4 brothers and many cousins. In this family, we cultivate a special passion for flowers, and all male members wear a pakol decorated with fresh flowers. They were originally six brothers, but two left the country. There are therefore four left, plus a cousin considered a brother, to continue the tradition. – Oriane Zerah

In a village in Khost province, Afghanistan, you will find a community garden, run by a group of brothers and their cousin. There’s a sign over there that says, “You can take a flower, but you have to share a cup of tea.” In the neighborhood of Tani, where the brothers live, it is traditional for men to put flowers in their Pakol hats. Last September, then again in the spring, the photojournalist Oriane Zerah spent the day with the brothers. She photographed the brothers with their hats and she stayed for a meal.

Now one of his portraits of the pink and turquoise house belonging to Batshazullah, the brothers’ cousin, in Khost province is part of a sale of photographic prints and NFTorganized by ISHKAR. All proceeds will go to EMERGENCY, an organization providing free, high-quality healthcare to survivors of war, poverty and landmines, and their hospitals in Afghanistan. Every minute, a patient receives EMERGENCY care.

Last year, ISHKAR raised $123,000 for the cause. This year, Zerah is one of nineteen prominent photographers who have donated their work. The 2022 print sale comes in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake; the deadliest in two decades, the earthquake killed at least 1,150 people and injured at least 1,500. Medical professionals were among the victims. The sale is open until the end of the month, offering unique prices for an extraordinary collection of images ($85 for prints).

Not all photographs included in the sale were taken in Afghanistan, but many were. Some paint a nuanced portrait of the country’s (very) recent history. Andrew Quiltywhile documenting America’s final days in Afghanistan, testifies as evacuees attempt to enter Hamid Karzai International Airport amid the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul a year ago. Elise Blanchard covers protests in Kabul as women and girls advocate for the reopening of an all-girls secondary school this spring.

At the same time, the collection focuses on the rhythms of ordinary, everyday life, which somehow persists and triumphs in ever-changing circumstances. In 2002, Steve McCurry photographed a horse by the Band-i-Amir lakes, an azure oasis set between idyllic cliffs. A decade later, Matthew Paley traveled to Chaqmaqtin lake in winter. There he met members of the nomadic Kyrgyz community, enjoying the sight of their yaks grazing against the towering Pamir Mountains.

Beyond the beauty of the landscape itself, there is also joy, a lot of joy, in some of these images. In, Farshad Ousyan takes us to the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif, where he was born and raised. There he watched children playing on an ice cream cart, silhouetted against by the setting sun. His title : Splendid sunset.

The ISHKAR EMERGENCY PRINT SALE 2022 is open until August 31. Make sure you discover the complete collection here. The print sale coincides with an additional NFT sale, featuring photographs by Matthew Paley, bird-blockand Michel Christophe Brown. You can donate to EMERGENCY projects across Afghanistan here.

SPLENDID SUNSET BY FARSHAD USYAN. “An Afghan boy pushes a friend on an ice cream cart, as the sun sets on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif.” – Farshad Usian
UNTITLED BY ANDREW QUILTY. “Afghan evacuees wait beside mini-buses on the tarmac on the military side of Hamid Karzai International Airport as others board planes after the bus convoy they were in carried a total of 109 Afghans from the Kabul Serena hotel in the early hours of the morning.. When the Taliban took control of Kabul on August 15, the United States and other international armies launched a massive evacuation operation which was to be completed by August 31, the date the United States had previously agreed to withdraw from Afghanistan.Tens of thousands of people have since been evacuated, such as Afghans with valid travel documents, passport holders foreigners and many who have no official reason to have access to the airport and evacuation flights but who nevertheless want to try their luck, desperate to leave since the Taliban came to power, mass with different s entrances around the perimeter of the airport trying to get in. –Andrew Quilty
DEMONSTRATION BY ELISE BLANCHARD. “Afghan women demonstrated in the streets of Kabul to demand the reopening of public secondary schools for girls, in Kabul on 03/26/22” – Elise Blanchard
CHAQMAQTIN BY MATTHEW PALEY. “Near the frozen lake of Chaqmaqtin, a herd of yaks grazes under the Pamir mountains. Incredibly adaptable animals, they push snow with their hooves to feed on winter brown grass. During my fourth expedition to the Pamir Mountains in Afghanistan, on a mission to photograph the isolated Kyrgyz nomadic community, for a National Geographic magazine feature titled “Stranded on the Roof of the World” (February 2013). Filmed in winter 2012.” – Matthieu Paley
HORSE AND TWO TOWERS BY STEVE MCCURRY. “I can think of few larger humanitarian organizations than the emergency hospitals in Afghanistan that have operated continuously throughout the turbulent past year. When many fled the country, Emergency doubled down on its commitment to caring for Afghans as it has done since 1999.” – Steve McCurry
THE KABUL TWINS BY LYNZY BILLING. “A photograph of twins taken in central Kabul. 2020.” – Lynzy Billing
CHARSHAM BY SOLMAZ DARYANI. “Beigom helps her daughter-in-law to pick ‘Sharsham’ vegetables from their potato fields in the Bamiyan Valley. she says: “These vegetables help to consume less flour and bread. His family, including three of his sons, are affected by last year’s drought. Last year, one of his sons rented the potato field, but due to drought he lost last season’s crop and could not afford to buy seeds or to pay the rent for the new planting season. This year, he had to rent the land with the other two brothers. Bamiyan Valley. Afghanistan.2019” – Solmaz Daryani
AFGHAN RAINBOW BY RODRIGO ABD. “An Afghan girl walks past destroyed buildings occupied by refugees after heavy rain in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, April 20, 2006. Spring is the rainiest season in Afghanistan.” –Rodrigo Abd
A BAKERY BY ZAHRA KHODADADI. “A bakery, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2018” – Zahra Khodadadi
YAK KIRGHIZ BY LEVISON WOOD. “In the remote Wakhan Corridor in northeast Afghanistan, the Kyrgyz people live a semi-nomadic herding existence, herding yaks and goats in the remote Pamir Mountains. I have spent time with the Kyrgyz people several times photographing their culture. – Levison Wood
A VILLAGE BY LORENZO TUGNOLI. “Sorbi, Toorkhane village, Afghanistan, August 2010: A man laughs with his friends in the village of Toorkhane, after being jokingly accused of being a Taliban. This photo is part of a long-term project called ‘One Village’ which examined the multiple layers of rural life in Afghanistan following the 2014 political transition.” –Lorenzo Tugnoli
KABUL BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER BROWN. “Hazara brickmakers work atop a kiln in Kabul.” –Michael Christopher Brown
EHSANULLAH, KANDAHAR PROVINCE BY ORIANE ZERAH. “Ehsanullah is 21 years old. He lives in Arghandab in Kandahar province. He created a garden with his own hands at his workplace. If cleaning cars is his job, and he has to do it, his passion is growing flowers. – Oriane Zerah

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