Google ‘Afghanistan.’ I just did, and the photos that showed up? These:
A map of the country, a photo of an American soldier with villagers in the background, Bamiyan city, Steve McCurry’s famous photo of Afghan refugee Sharbat Gula, and…more soldiers.
I’m surprised there weren’t any photos of women in burkas or unwashed, frightened-looking little boys in this first lineup. Those are wire service favorites.
Afghanistan, like Africa, has a photography stereotypes problem.
More soon on why this is a problem. And thanks to Glenna Gordon for more blogging inspiration.