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Afghanistan in Photographs

A research guide for photography in Afghanistan from the Criss Library Archives & Special Collections

History of Photography in Afghanistan

                       

Habibullah Khan was the Emir of Afghanistan from 1901 until his assassination in 1919. He was born in Tashkent, the eldest son of the Emir Abdur Rahman Khan, whom he succeeded by right of primogeniture in October 1901. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Habibullah.jpg

Photography gained popularity during the reign of Amir Habibullah. The Amir had a keen interest in photography, established a Royal Studio inside the palace. Public photo studios emerged along the banks of the Kabul River at that time. Most photographers were Afghans and Indians. Among the best known photographers were Amir's eldest son, Sardar Enayatullah and Mahmud Beg Tarzi, the editor of Seraj al-AkhbarTarzi began a photo competition in Seraj al-Akhbar newspaper.

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