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Benjamin Rasmussen September 6, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Afghanistan.
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Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan 2010

Benjamin Rasmussen (b. 1984, USA) spent his childhood with an indigenous group of people on an island in the southern Philippines, his university years were with evangelicals in a small town in northern Arkansas, and a year with the descendants of Vikings in the Faroe Islands, a nation of 45,000 residents in the middle of the North Atlantic. Ben’s  work has been selected for the American Photography 26 Annual, shown at the Annenberg Space for Photography, chosen as one of Photolucida’s 2010 Critical Mass Top 50 and awarded first place in the 68th POYI Science/Natural History category. His clients include the New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is based in Denver, Colorado.

About the Photograph:

“This image of a Wakhi mother is from a story I shot in the Wakhan Corridor, located in the northeastern corner of Afghanistan. I was drawn to the people in this area because they are so different from the Afghans I was used to seeing in the media. The Taliban has never had a foothold in the region, and the people are isolated from much of the turmoil in the rest of the country. This photograph was taken in the late afternoon in the town of Gaz Khan on my last day in the Wakhan. I was wandering through the tiny village and speaking with people when I saw this woman. She reminded me of the renaissance depictions of the Madonna, and she summed up the beauty that I felt was missing in the way the public views Afghanistan.”

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