Award-winning Time magazine photographer comes to Pequot

Robert Nickelsberg

Robert Nickelsberg

Robert Nickelsberg brings to light issues of the day in this timely and important presentation about his book, Afghanistan: A Distant War, on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Pequot Library. There will be a 30-40 minute author talk, followed by Q & A, book sales, signing, and refreshments. Free and open to the public.

Noted documentary photographer Robert Nickelsberg’s photographs help bring into focus the day-to-day consequences of war, poverty, oppression, and political turmoil in Afghanistan. Since the attack on the World Trade Center, Afghanistan has evolved from a country few people thought twice about to a place that evokes our deepest emotions. TIME magazine photographer Robert Nickelsberg has been publishing his images of this distant yet all too familiar country since 1988, when he accompanied a group of mujahideen across the border from Pakistan.

This remarkable volume of photographs is accompanied by insightful texts from experts on Afghanistan and the Taliban. The book gives a solid chronicle of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, events, personalities, and context to a post-2014 period of uncertainty in Afghanistan and South Asia. The images themselves are captioned with places, dates, and Nickelsberg’s own extensive commentary. Timely and important, the book serves as a reminder that Afghanistan and the rest of the world remain inextricably linked, no matter how much we long to distance ourselves from its painful realities.

Robert Nickelsberg has been a photographer for TIME magazine for nearly thirty years. His work in Afghanistan has appeared on The New York Times “Lens” blog and his images have appeared in Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, CNN, and NBC. His photographs have been exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography in New York City, and The New American Foundation in Washington, D.C.

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