Afghan women are and continue to be one of the most oppressed populations on the planet. These box camera portraits are intended to show them as the beautiful women they are without undermining the tragic circumstances in which many of them live.
LANA SLEZIC has received worldwide recognition for her documentary and portrait work. In 2005 Slezic was a participant at the World Press Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam. In 2007 she won the Luis Valtuena Special Prize for Humanitarian Photography for her body of work on Afghan women. Later that year she published Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½ForsakenÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½ which in 2008 was chosen as one of the Top Ten Photo Books of the Year by American Photo Magazine. In 2007 Slezic was also given a World Press Photo Award for a separate portrait series on Afghan women entitled Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½A Window InsideÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½. Slezic has exhibited and published her work all over the world. She currently resides in New Delhi with her husband and two children.