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Afghanistan – A Distant War

Robert Nickelsberg

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Selling American Girls: The Trafficking of Minors in the U.S.

Al Jazeera America reporter Dorothy Parvaz and Robert Nickelsberg worked extensively on a domestic trafficking story for the past eight months, Selling American Girls. Mark Rykoff, Al Jazeera’s picture editor, selected and sequenced a powerful series of photographs in this seven-part feature.

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In Honor of My Father’s Passing and the Heroes of Hospice

This story recounts my father’s passing at 98 years and the heroes of Hospice from Saddleback Memorial Hospital. The story was published by Al Jazeera America, and documents the last days of Harold Nickelsberg, who died on Christmas Day in 2014. These are the words of the extraordinary people who cared for him and my photographs that document his final days.

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Hospice Care Workers In California


Sept. 2, 2015: Exhibition Opening Afghanistan Center at Kabul University

Robert Nickelsberg will be presenting at the opening of his exhibition of 52 prints from his book, Afghanistan- A Distant War on September 2, in Kabul at the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University. The Farci edition as a PDF will be formally turned over to ACKU during the ceremony. The prints were printed in New Delhi, India. The show continues through November 1st.

The Bessie Foundation supported the Farci translation of Afghanistan-A Distant War into a PDF for the students who participate at the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University. ACKU is supported by the Louis & Nancy Hatch Dupree Foundation.

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May 22, 2015: Moving Mountains Symposium: Afghanistan


Mountainfilm will explore the politics, people, photography, poetry and more of Afghanistan during its 2015 Moving Mountains Symposium. Speakers will include filmmakers Sebastian Junger, Afghanistan’s first female parliamentarian Fawzia Koofi, war photographer Robert Nickelsberg and more. The idea, Festival Director David Holbrooke said, is to examine more than just the conflicts that have for so long dominated the conversation on Afghanistan: “What we hope to capture is some of the spirit of the people. These are people who have embodied indomitable spirit for so long.”

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March 23, 2015: CMENAS Lecture Series, International Institute, Ann Arbor Michigan

In this lecture, Robert Nickelsberg will discuss his most recent volume of photographs: Afghanistan – A Distant War. The images in the book 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.

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January 29, 2015: The Future of Long-Form Visual Journalism

FutureofPhotoJournJoin distinguished and award-winning photojournalists to discuss the future of visual journalism, including the landscape, coverage, and critical factors needed to succeed.


Greg Marinovich Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer; Co-Author, “The Bang Bang Club”


Robert Nickelsberg Author, “Afghanistan: A Distant War

Dominic Chavez, Freelance photographer, National Press Photographers Association

Yunghi Kim, COM ’84 Recipient: World Press Photo Award; POYi Magazine Photographer of the Year

Jessica Dimmock, Author, photographer and videographer; recipient, The Infinity Award for Photojournalist.

Gary Knight, Founder/Director, Program for Narrative & Documentary Studies

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