Imagine living in a place with no photography, where even taking a photo is considered a crime. During the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan, photography was banned and cherished images were destroyed. When the regime fell from power in 2001, free media emerged and a photography revolution was born. Today, the future of journalism in Afghanistan is still fragile as the country faces uncertainty.
Frame by Frame beautifully captures this major cultural moment in Afghanistan’s history. Four Afghan photojournalists navigate a young, dangerous media landscape and the responsibility to record the voices of those who often go unheard. Massoud Hossanini shares the horrific story that led to his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo and in one particularly powerful scene, Farzana Wahidy struggles to photograph a women’s burn center where hesitant doctors fear repercussions.
These photojournalists often risk their lives to capture the truth. As one photographer explains, they proudly serve Afghanistan and work to restore its identity. Frame by Frame proves that photography can be about much more than taking a pretty picture.