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Afghanistan – A Distant War

Robert Nickelsberg

Upcoming Events

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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Nickelsberg Speaks to Naval Postgraduate School

Robert Nickelsberg will address Defense Department Students at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California about “Afghanistan – A Distant War” on October 16th, 2014.