April 18, 2012

Pictures from Afghanistan

Beyond Bullets: A Photo Journal of Afghanistan
by Rafal Gerszak with Dawn Hunter

Photojournalist Gerszak spent a year embedded with American troops in Afghanistan. When not getting shot at, he documented weapon searches, aid drops, and police patrols. While he was relieved to return home, Gerszak felt guilty for enjoying freedom while his Afghan friends continued to suffer. So he returned to Afghanistan, this time to tell the story from the civilian point-of-view. His photos of Afghan families at work and play - riding paddle boats, playing golf, picking cherries - show that they are just like us in so many ways. At the same time, he doesn't shy away from the aftermath of war. Scenes of military attacks, dismal hospitals, and overflowing refugee camps are heart-rending.

Readers will come away with a deeper understanding of the people and their culture. A worthwhile and enlightening book.

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