Award-winning photojournalist Paula Bronstein, whose images taken from her book “Afghanistan: Between hope and fear” are On the Wall in the Main Bar until the end of October, has been covering Afghanistan from her Bangkok base since 2001.
Bronstein said it was sometimes tough working in conservative Islamic country, but as a woman she was able to work with the women and tell their stories. And to take their arresting images.
“I love the Afghan people and this book is more about them,” she said at an FCC lunch on October 3. “There’s no pictures of US military – although I was embedded quite a few times – we chose to make a book about the Afghan people.”
Bronstein is no stranger to Hong Kong: she covered the Umbrella street protests in 2014 for Getty Images who she has been working with since 2002. When she was covering the clashes in Mongkok on the evening of October 17 2014, she was arrested “on suspicion of criminal damage” due to climbing on top of a private vehicle to take photos.
The FCC at the time took up her case as well as for other journalists who were arrested or attacked by police.
Since 1998, Bronstein has been based in Bangkok. In June 2002, she joined Getty Images where she has covered conflicts and news stories throughout Asia including Kashmir, Indonesia, Pakistan as well as Afghanistan.
Take the opportunity to look at her exhibition in the Main Bar and experience the many strong images, beautifully shot. The horror of the war is off-camera, while the spirit of the survivors is unmistakable.