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Remembering Photojournalist Shah Marai through his photographs: A Tribute from The Atlantic May 1, 2018

Posted by bohdan.warchomij in : Metaphor Online, The Atlantic , trackback

The sadness of war can be seen in Shah Marai’s sensitive photographs of Afghan children but the reality of war can only be comprehended through the loss born by his wife and six children. There are 41 photos of his work in this tribute from The Atlantic (see the link below). RIP.

Shah Marai, chief photographer for Agence France-Presse in Kabul, was killed today in Afghanistan, one of at least 25 victims of twin suicide bombings in downtown Kabul. The second bombing targeted journalists who had come to cover the initial attack, killing nine of them, including Marai. He began covering events in Afghanistan for AFP in 1998, first as a stringer, later a staff photographer, working his way up to chief photographer. In those 20 years, AFP distributed more than 18,000 of his photos, documenting the horrors of war, but also everyday life—including the struggles of ordinary Afghans and the beauty of the landscape. He had an incredible ability to capture the humanity in almost any situation. A collection of his photos is gathered below. Shah Marai leaves behind a family, including six children. I also invite you to read “When Hope Is Gone,” written by Marai in 2016 about Afghanistan after the U.S. pulled out, and about his own role in covering the events of the previous decades.



Photojournalist Shah Marai Centre with AFP Staffers in Kabul



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