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The fruit of years of collaborative work between Afghan and Western photographers and photojournalists, Streets of Afghanistan chronicles one of the most captivating efforts to connect communities and cultures through our common humanity and the power of art.
A collection of the spectacular photography of the Mountain2Mountain (M2M) project – a collaborative effort between Western and Afghan photographers – Streets of Afghanistan is a striking combination of art and activism.
Complete with short descriptions that allow the reader to follow the footsteps of the M2M project as they explored the country, Streets of Afghanistan offers a new perspective on a country in turmoil.
Shannon Galpin, founder of M2M, on the importance of the project: “[People think that] because this is a country fraught with conflict and poverty that art doesn’t have much importance. I disagree. I think art is all the more important here. Art has the power to inspire, to spark conversation, and to bring joy – showcasing these images in public areas where Afghans can enjoy art for art’s sake, and be proud of the beauty and spirit of their country.”
After an extremely successful tour in the United States, the Streets of Afghanistan project returned to Afghanistan, to give the exhibit’s subjects an opportunity to see themselves in a new light. Impressive and captivating on both sides of the world, Streets of Afghanistan collects both the photographs and the cultural import of a misunderstood region into one visually striking book.