Farzana Wahidy

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Visiting Faculty

Farzana Wahidy is an award wining Afghan documentary photographer best known for her photographs of women and girls in Afghanistan. She has been documenting the life of Afghan women for over a decade and recently established the Afghanistan Photographers Association.

Biography

Wahidy was born in Kandahar in 1984 and moved to Kabul at the age of six. She attended school during the Afghan civil war, and attended an underground school after the Taliban took power in 1996. After their defeat, Wahidy completed high school, then enrolled in a two-year program with AINA Photojournalism Institute. In 2004 she began working as a photographer for Agence-France Presse and later joined the Associated Press.

Wahidy is an award wining Afghan documentary photographer best known for her photographs of women and girls in Afghanistan and was the first female photographer in Afghanistan to work with international media agencies. Wahidy has been documenting the life of Afghan women for over a decade, and she recently established the Afghanistan Photographers Association.

Wahidy’s work has been published widely in international magazines and newspapers and she has done assignments for numerous NGOs. In 2014 she created a project to train Afghan photographers, to review copyright law, and to research the history of photography in Afghanistan. Her photographs have been presented in solo and group exhibitions in Afghanistan, Canada, United States, India, Pakistan, Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, China, Finland, and most recently, France. 

Wahidy is a visiting faculty member at Bennington for Spring 2022.