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Fragments of Tradition, Beauty and Hope, photos by youth Bamiyan

On 31 March 2011 the opening of the exhibition Fragments of Tradition, Beauty and Hope, Photographs by 13 young men and women from Bamiyan takes place at 16.00h in the Prince Claus Fund Gallery. The Prince claus Fund is honoured that HE Mr Ben Knapen, Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation, has kindly agreed to open the exhibition. In the province of Bamiyan, situated in Afghanistan’s central highlands, thirteen young men and women (amateur photographers) from different districts were invited to look at their environment through the lens of a camera.


The exhibition shows the results of a workshop offered by the 3rd Eye Photojournalism Center and supported by the Prince Claus Fund. The photographs illustrate the resilience of people in the midst of conflict. These photographs also give a unique and personal insight into the geographic, social and political context of life in Afghanistan and the reconstruction and peace-building efforts that are going on. These pictures of Afghan society, culture and landscape will enhance our understanding of Afghanistan through the eyes of young Afghan photographers. The aim of the workshops was to build the capacity of young amateur photographers in Afghanistan. In the workshop, photography functioned as an instrument for social development, cultural reflection and preservation, women’s emancipation, capacity building and youth empowerment.