I looked at what this ‘war on terror’ did to people’s lives in Afghanistan. My work is not about war, but war is in my work. At the core, ordinary moments turn out to be extraordinary. My hope is to expose meaning in moments that otherwise pass unnoticed, to put colour into the dream of a simple life, in peacetime
Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Zalmaï left the country after the Soviet invasion in 1980. Zalmaï pursued studies at the School of Photography of Lausanne.In 1989, he began to work as a freelance photographer. His work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Time, The New Yorker , Harper’s, Newsweek, while he has worked for a number of International Organizations and NGOs, including Human Rights Watch, He has exhibited around the world at museums, galleries, universities and cultural centers and his work has earned him several international awards, the Visa D’Or from the Visa Pour l’Image International Photojournalism Festival and a grant by Getty Images. Swiss Press Award.“ The photographer of the Year 2017”.
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