Don't wonder where the sisters are now.
September 19, 2012 12:35 PM   Subscribe

From 1967-1968, Dr. Bill Podlich took a leave of absence from Arizona State University to join UNESCO, teaching in the Higher Teachers College of Kabul, Afghanistan. He took many photographs.
posted by ChuraChura (14 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite

 
Excellent, but we nuked his server; it's rebooting.
posted by tilde at 12:56 PM on September 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


The 40 years later photograph is heartbreaking.
posted by williampratt at 1:00 PM on September 19, 2012 [15 favorites]


...so much human potential wasted from then until now. First a Cold War chess piece, and then prey to religious extremists & political grand-standing. Makes you want to just go in and FIX everything, but then that only seems to make things 10x worse.
posted by leotrotsky at 1:01 PM on September 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


So beautiful and so sad. Thanks for the post-I am sending it to friends who have photographed the continued destruction of this beautiful country.
posted by Isadorady at 1:24 PM on September 19, 2012


Excellent, but we nuked his server; it's rebooting

Excellent, but we invaded this country. It's rebooting.
posted by Liquidwolf at 2:14 PM on September 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


But seriously, awesome photos. I love the Afghanistan country and aesthetic, and the people from what I've seen.
posted by Liquidwolf at 2:15 PM on September 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Thank you for linking these! They remind me a lot of my family's photos of Kabul from the mid to late 1970s, only they're significantly better quality. Ours have faded over the years. I especially liked seeing the photos of my parents' Kabul. This is the Kabul they talk about, not what's left of it now. It breaks my heart that I'll never know their Kabul beyond photos like these.
posted by yasaman at 2:49 PM on September 19, 2012 [5 favorites]


Those are wonderful, thank you for posting them.
posted by LobsterMitten at 3:33 PM on September 19, 2012


Thanks, ChuraChura. For those of us born after the 1970s, pictures of pre-Revolution Iran give the same incredulous pain of reading what feels like a retroalternative history. Did such a country ever really exist?

williampratt  The 40 years later photograph is heartbreaking.

God, that hurts.
posted by hat at 3:39 PM on September 19, 2012


Awesome post.
posted by XMLicious at 4:42 PM on September 19, 2012


Also, this adds some context to the kind of places that Sharbat Gula may have been fleeing from in the wake of the Soviet invasion. So stupid and pointless that we decided to blow it up some more instead of trying to put it back together.
posted by XMLicious at 4:48 PM on September 19, 2012


Beautiful photos, heartbreaking considering the current context. Thank you for posting these.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 4:52 PM on September 19, 2012


Very beautiful photographs! I had no idea there were so many Dromadary camels there.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 8:31 PM on September 19, 2012


Skateboarding in Kabul: Half-pipes and headscarves in the Hindu Kush.
posted by homunculus at 1:31 PM on September 20, 2012


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