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For 30 years, Afghanistan has known only civil war. Renowned photographer Larry Towell takes an in-depth look at the country.

For 30 years, Afghanistan has known only civil war. Since 2008, I have made four trips to the country, where I am working on a long-term, in-depth photography project. I need one more trip to finish my investigation, which will result in a book of photographs and text.

Since the traditional venues for funding photojournalism have disappeared, I am appealing to you for help. Your support will enable me to finish shooting, and to interview landmine victims, male and female drug addicts, political detainees in Puli-Charki prison, ex-Russian soldiers, and veterans.

Afghanistan is a very expensive country in which to work, due to the need to hire professional fixers, interpreters, and drivers, and your support will help to cover these costs. I plan on returning to Afghanistan in early spring, for four to five weeks.

My most recent trip to Afghanistan was sponsored by the Magnum
Foundation
. I’m taking the Emergency Fund pledge with respect to this trip and will make the pictures available to the Emergency Fund for display on its site and use by targeted non-profits to advance conversation around the issues.

I hope you recognize the value of this work, and that you will want to support it and be part of it.

-Larry Towell

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    An 11”x14” fiber collector’s print (signed, dated, and stamped au verso) of Afghanistan image chosen from a selection of five. Your name credited in the Afghanistan book as a sponsor, plus a signed copy of the book, when published.

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