On view in the South Gallery
The entire collection of 34 images that compose this body of work has been generously donated to the Westport Public Art Collections by the photographer. The photos exhibited in this show in the Library's South Gallery are just a fraction of this groundbreaking gift. Additional selections will be displayed in other locations around town over the next several months.
In 2009, National Geographic magazine commissioned Addario to photograph a comprehensive essay depicting the many facets of women's lives in Afghanistan: Veiled Rebellion. Because of cultural and societal taboos, it is extremely difficult to photograph women in the conservative country - most women need permission from a male relative to be photographed. This body of work is the product of this assignment.
Addario made her first trip to Afghanistan in May of 2000 to document the lives of women living under the oppression of the Taliban. She returned to Afghanistan two more times before the fall of the Taliban in November 2001. Over the last fourteen years, Addario has returned to Afghanistan almost every year to photograph the development of life across the country, and the ongoing war between NATO troops and Taliban sympathizers, and how the war has affected life for civilians and foreign troops. Throughout, she has trained a close eye through her lens on women's lives in all arenas of Afghan society, culture, politics, education, employment and domestic life.
Image: Afghan Parliamentarian, Fawzia Koofi, attends a graduation ceremony with her two daughters, Shahirzad, 11, and Shahra, 10, for male and female students of Kabul University at the Ariana Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 9, 2010. (credit: Lynsey Addario/ VII Network for The New York Times Magazine)