International Photographic Exhibit at United Nations Sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson
Teaneck, NJ (October 23, 2006) — “Afghan Children —the Next Generation,” an international photographic exhibition, will open in the North East Gallery of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on November 2, 2006.
The photographs show the face of Afghanistan today through its children. Photographs by Steve McCurry and images from the UNFPA Afghan Women’s Photography Program are accompanied by quotations from “Coming of Age in a Globalized World: the Next Generation” by FDU President J. Michael Adams and Angelo Carfagna.
The exhibit showcases 40 McCurry photographs. Universally recognized as one of today’s finest image-makers, McCurry is perhaps best known for his photograph of the green-eyed Afghan girl featured on a 1985 cover of National Geographic. His work has been featured in every major magazine in the world and his coverage of Afghanistan won him the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, an award dedicated to photographers exhibiting exceptional courage and enterprise. McCurry's foundation, ImagineAsia, helps children in rural Asian communities by addressing fundamental education and health-care needs.
The images in the exhibit from the Afghan Woman’s Project are the result of a training initiative by UNFPA. The women were trained as photographers to give them a sustainable source of income and to teach them business practices. Many of their photographs have appeared in publications around the world.
McCurry’s images will be complemented by selected quotes from “Coming of Age in a Globalized World: The Next Generation.” The new book, co-authored by Adams and Carfagna, reveals the deeply interconnected nature of today’s age and challenges the next generation to forge global connections to overcome global challenges.
The exhibit is sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson University, ImagineAsia, U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations in cooperation with the United Nations Departments of Public Information.
It is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. from November 2- 24, 2006. Entrance to the exhibit area at the United Nations is via the visitors’ entrance on First Avenue at 46th Street, New York City.
For more information on United Nations exhibitions, call Jan Arnesen, tel: (212) 963-8531; or Liza Wichmann, tel: (212) 963-0089.