Frame by Frame - Photojournalism in Afghanistan

Under Taliban rule (1996-2001) photography in Afghanistan  was banned. Film makers Alexandria Bombach & Mo Scarpelli have set out to uncover the revolution in photography which has taken place in Afghanistan since the Taliban fell from power. They are doing this by following the lives of four local Afghan photographers.

  • Massoud Hossaini - Pulitzer Prize winning news photographer
  • Farzana Wahidy - a female photojournalist
  • Wakil Kohsar - photojournalist
  • Najibullah Musafer - documentary photographer

These photographers have helped build photojournalism in Afghanistan. However they now face an uncertain future. In 2014 the international media and troops are pulling out. The fear is that somehow the Taliban will come back. What will happen then to freedom of the press and the ability to work as a photojournalist in Afghanistan?

The filmmakers have raised the necessary funds to complete the film through KickStarter. They intend to show the lows and struggles that the photographers face on a day to day basis and also their highs and hopes for the future.

The culture in Afghanistan makes being a photographer a difficult profession.

Photojournalism in Afghanistan is not for the faint-hearted. The photographers find themselves defending the value of photography as individuals nearly every day; there’s resistance from the culture to photograph in public, there’s a resistance from the government to cooperate or allow local reporters to do their job; there’s an ongoing threat of violence by fundamentalists who agreed with the Taliban’s law.

Source: Documenting the Story of Photojournalism in Afghanistan: Interview with Mo Scarpelli on

The intention of the film makers is to have the film shown at festivals and theatres in 2014 followed by the release of a DVD in early 2015.

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This page was added on 13 September 2013. Updated on 15 September 2013.