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Book containing photos of Kabul's skate girls compiled

Book containing photos of Kabul's skate girls compiled

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Oct 08, 2017 - 12:28

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A British photographer has compiled a book containing engaging photographs of Kabul's skate girls that deftly undermine cultural, religious and gender stereotypes.

Collected in a book called Skate Girls of Kabul, the photographs were exhibited in the Aga Khan Park, presenting an uncomplicated celebration of childhood and girl power.

Fulford-Dobson, who visited Skateistan for six weeks, said in a statement: “It’s hard not to think of Afghan girls skateboarding as an unlikely clash of cultures.

"But when you see these children tearing around the skate park, shrieking with laughter, your preconceptions drop away... I hope that this collection captures something of their spirit: their joy in life, their individuality, and their community,” she added.

Jessica is a freelance, London-based portrait photographer who began her career in the year 2000. Her photographs have since been published in newspapers and magazines worldwide, including the Telegraph Magazine and British Vogue, as well as being exhibited in New York, London, and Prague.

In November 2014, out of over 4,000 submissions, Jessica’s portrait of “Skate Girl” won second prize at The National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Award, where it was exhibited for the first time.

Skateistan is a non-profit organisation empowering youth and children through skateboarding and educationinfo-icon in Afghanistaninfo-icon, Cambodia and South Africa.

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