The amazing photography tribute now available in a beautiful published edition for your very own collection.
" The beautiful photographs in this book vividly capture the daily lives of ordinary Afghans and serve as a powerful reminder of the power of art to inspire, to bring people together, and to allow for moments of transcendent grace amid struggle and suffering. "
-- Khalid Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner
Streets of Afghanistan chronicles one of the most captivating efforts to connect communities and cultures through our common humanity and the power of art. Follow in the footsteps of Shannon Galpin and Mountain2Mountain and explore the hidden beauties of this faraway land. Complete with flowing narrative descriptions, Streets of Afghanistan is a breathtaking publication that you will find insightful, inspiring, and engaging.
Looking at the full-color photographs, it is easy to immerse yourself in a culture which was previously unknown to many Western audiences. In the pages of this beautiful hardcover book, you will find yourself being led through the wonderful vistas of Afghanistan, introduced to its people, and exposed to their joys -- and their sorrows — all through these incredible photographs.
Streets of Afghanistan is more than just a photo collection; it is an opportunity to expand your horizons and learn about people and culture across the world.
In 2012, Mountain2Mountain created a series of life-sized photography to set up as street art exhibitions in Afghanistan. The exhibition was a collection of images by Western and Afghan photographers to highlight the beauty and the heartbreak in one of the world’s most misunderstood countries. Five years in the making, this exhibition illustrates the belief that photography has the power to inspire and challenge perceptions, and the potential use of art as activism.
" The exhibition shows that art has a place in conflict zones. That Afghans deserve the same access to art and beauty we all crave. That shows like this can be done safely and publicly in Afghanistan for Afghans, not closed off behind compound walls, accessible only to the Embassy and international community. Public art serves the purpose of bringing art out of private places and into public spaces among people that are perhaps least likely to engage with art, by inspiring, sparking conversation, and building community. "
-- Shannon Galpin, founder of Mountain2Mountain
Shannon Galpin founded Mountain2Mountain in November 2006 to empower women and girls in conflict zones. Believing that the apathy was one of the key barriers to change, Shannon has spent the past five years working in Afghanistan on a variety of projects that focus on education, art, and sport as a way to focus on the power of voice and activism. Shannon was recently chosen as a 2013 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for her work. Her first TEDx talk was in 2012 about the Power of Voice which illustrates the thread that links all of her work together and which serves as the backbone for Mountain2Mountain's mission.
Libero di Zinno, professor at the Art Center College of Design and Los Angeles based photographer/documentary filmmaker, has been an advisory board member at large for Mountain2Mountain since early 2008. His images have appeared in several Mountain2Mountain exhibitions, such as the “Views of the Himalaya” (2008), “Views of Afghanistan” (2009), “Dreams of Kabul” (2010), and the most recent “Streets of Afghanistan” (2011-2012). His book projects include Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes and For the Love of the Game by Michael Jordan. His work has also been featured in Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, and ESPN.
For the past five years, Mountain2Mountain's work has been focused in Afghanistan. Through the belief in connecting communities and cultures and the power of voice, M2M has launched projects across Afghanistan to create opportunities that were unimaginable ten years ago in education, art, sports, and activism. M2M works beyond sticks-and-bricks style projects to work in unique ways to inspire, challenge stereotypes, and combat apathy. In 2013, M2M launched its first domestic program, Strength in Numbers, in the United States to target young women who have survived gender violence here at home, while continuing to work with women and girls in Afghanistan for years to come. Learn more and follow the journey at www.mountain2mountain.org.
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