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Véronique de Viguerie June 17, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Afghanistan.
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Day Laborers. Kandahar, Afghanistan

Twenty-nine year old French photographer Véronique de Viguerie has produced a wide array of features for World Picture News, including the “Madrassas of Pakistan” and “Afghanistan’s Fiercest Policewoman.” She covers many types of subjects ranging from hard news to reportage. Based in Afghanistan, de Viguerie narrowly escaped death in 2005 in a Kabul café when caught up in a suicide bomb blast; the man next to her was killed. In 2006 she was winner of the Canon Prize for Best Female Photojournalist at Visa Pour l’Image. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, LIFE, Geo, Stern, The Times, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Libération among others.

About the Photograph:

“I took this picture in Kandahar. I was doing a story on the growing influence of the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. I was told that the Taliban were using poor people to work for them. So early morning we went to the market where all the men were waiting for day work. They do anything you need for a few dollars. This “main d’oeuvre” is used by the insurgency to carry explosives, arms etc.”

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