Internationally Renowned Photographer Captures the Brutality and Beauty of a Distant Country in Afghanistan-A Distant War, an exhibit at the QCC Art Gallery Beginning June 19

June 9, 2014 | Queensborough Community College

President Obama’s announcement that most American troops from Afghanistan will be coming home starting at the end of this year has reverberated throughout the world. This breaking news coincides with Afghanistan - A Distant War, a major retrospective of images taken byTIME Magazine photographer Robert Nickelsberg, to be exhibited at the QCC Art Gallery beginning June 19 through September 10, 2014.

Mr. Nickelsberg will attend the opening of the exhibit, June 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Mr. Nickelsberg began documenting Afghanistan in 1988 when he accompanied a group of mujahedeen crossing the border from Pakistan during the war with the Soviet Union. He has worked as a TIME Magazine contract photographer for nearly thirty years, specializing in political and cultural change in developing countries. His images have appeared in publications and broadcasts that include TIME, The New York Times, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Guardian, Paris Match, Stern, CNN, and NBC. His photographs have been exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography, and at the New America Foundation in New York.

“Mr. Nickelsberg’s work is the essence of photography as fine art,” said Faustino Quintanilla, Executive Director of the QCC Art Gallery. “His images express the many contradictions and searing realities of a culture and country that is surrounded by the rugged majesty of mountain ranges. I encourage viewers to see for themselves this important and opportune show.”

“It is both pertinent and essential for the QCC Art Gallery to highlight Afghanistan - A Distant War,” said Robert Nickelsberg, who is also the author of Afghanistan - A Distant War, a volume of 100 full-color photographs. “I believe this work is essential for students to see so they may have a visual record of an ancient land with deep roots in history, religion, art, music, and literature. My photographs will help them ponder how all of this applies to what they are studying and planning for the future. For the faculty, this work provides a crossover between departments and disciplines, the importance of history and the importance of taking stock, of keeping a record.”

“Afghanistan - A Distant War,” is not only a stunning collection of Robert Nickelsberg’s photography. It’s a moving and indispensable body of work that captures the whole sweep of the country’s tumultuous modern history.”  Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker