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Katherine Kiviat October 18, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Afghanistan.

Kabul Police Academy, Afghanistan 2004

Katherine Kiviat (b.1975, USA) is an award winning  photojournalist who has covered diverse subjects, including American Gypsies, Indian sex workers, the first free presidential elections in Afghanistan, the Palestinian elections that brought Hamas to power and the internal refugees from the fighting in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. In 2007, Kiviat published her first book Women Of Courage: Intimate Stories from Afghanistan with International T.V Journalist, Scott Heidler. For almost three years, she based herself in Kabul, where she taught photojournalism to Afghan women and girls and focused her photography on the changing role of Afghan women.  Katherine has worked for numerous international publications, including Vanity Fair, Fortune, Time, Forbes, Newsweek, Business Week, The New York Times Magazine, The Monocle and The National Magazine.  Her photographs have been included in both solo and group exhibitions in the US, Europe and Asia.

About the Photograph:

“On this day, my husband and I were interviewing and photographing one of the police women at the Kabul Police Academy.  After shooting a portrait we went with the women to see the police cadets’ first day of AK-47 weapon training.  The training took place at a firing range near by the Policharki prison, on the outskirts of Kabul.  It was a hot and miserable day to be out in the middle of the dessert but these women showed no pain, they were fully committed to learning how to protect their people. These women, like all the women in Women Of Courage, are all agents of change in their future, in their country, trying to make a better tomorrow for themselves and their daughters.”

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