Afghanistan A photography project by Frédéric Lagrange

On an expedition through northeast Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor, French photographer Frédéric Lagrange captured the rugged, elemental beauty of One of Asia’s wildest landscapes and the resilience of the people who call it home.

“It Was in the late 1990s, while reading Eric Newby’s A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush — A chronicle of his trek through what is now northeast Afghanistan — that my interest in this part of Central Asia was first piqued. I’d soon made up my mind: I was going. Then 9/11 happened, and Afghanistan relapsed into war. I ended up visiting the wide-open spaces of Mongolia instead, returning again and again over the next decade.

But Afghanistan remained fixed in my mind. so, in the late winter of 2012, after securing a month away from commercial assignments — and convincing my wife that I would be safe — I set off. A friend in London who runs expeditions in the Wakhan Corridor had put me in touch with guides who could take me into Afghanistan from Tajikistan — The dangerous road northeast from Kabul was out of the question.” – Frédéric Lagrange

Monthly Photo Contest

Color film portrait photograph of a young woman by Michelle Marshall
© Michelle Marshall

2021 Portrait AWARD Deadline: 31 May 2021

"In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Portrait photography has one of the oldest and most interesting histories that harkens back to the early days of the medium. Through portraits of iconic figures or ordinary people, we discover a deep interest in others.

Recent works or gems from your archives, classic or experimental, and through any kind of storytelling: we want to discover the most powerful and captivating images of today’s portrait photography. We are open to all interpretations and want to see faces that gaze right into the soul!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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