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A Bridge from Darkness to Light
A Bridge from Darkness to Light

A Bridge from Darkness to Light

Thirteen Young Photographers Explore Their Afghanistan


127 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

PDF, $9.99 (US $9.99) (CA $10.99)

Publication Date: September 2013

ISBN 9781609403379

Rights: WOR

Wings Press (Sep 2013)


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In 2006, Texas historian and photographer Bill Wright traveled to Afghanistan to teach a course—sponsored by the Afghan NGO ASCHIANA, which seeks to support working children and their families—on digital photography to young Afghans living in Kabul. In this illuminating, visually captivating book, Wright records his personal journey and experiences with a group of students ranging from ages 12 to the early 20s. The students’ photographs capture daily life in the Afghan capital, from traditional street markets to a modern shipping center, from shepherds to musicians to laborers, from infants to the elderly. As they record their world, these junior photographers provide a poignant portrait of what life is like for young people in a war zone, and demonstrate an unquenchable talent and spirit.


"[Bill Wright] arrived in Kabul with cameras, batteries, lesson plans, and a deep belief in photography as a communications tool between people with vast differences. In one week, the students made perceptive pictures of their particular world. Skills were initiated and encouraged. One can only wish to know where they will be in years to come."  —Anne Tucker, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

"When celebrated photographer Bill Wright arms Afghan youths with digital cameras, the results are compelling images and a triumph of shutter diplomacy."  —Michael L. Gillette, executive director, Humanities Texas

"The insight of these photographs is not that they shock us with the strange and exotic but that they show us our parents, our kids, and ourselves in every picture."  —John Agresto, former president, St. John's College

Author Biography

Bill Wright is an award-winning photographer and the author of several photography books, including The Kickapoo: Keepers of Tradition, Portraits from the Desert: Bill Wright’s Big Bend, and The Tiguas: Pueblo Indians of Texas, which won the Border Book Award. His photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally in group and solo exhibitions, and he has served on numerous national and state boards and committees, including The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Advisory Board, the Texas State Historical Association Executive Committee, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. He lives in Abilene, Texas.