The haunting photo that tells an incredible tale continues to garner attention. I’ve blogged about this before but have an update to share. The image of a young Afghan woman named Aisha whose nose and ears were sliced off under Taliban law continues to spark interest.
Jodi Bieber, a South African photographer, won the 2010 World Press Photo award for the stoic image of Aisha. This award is considered to be one the photo industry’s most important prizes. From the World Press Photo website: “Our mission is to encourage high professional standards in photojournalism and to promote a free and unrestricted exchange of information.” Ms. Bieber has won the award an amazing eight times.
World Press Photo juror Ruth Elchorn: “It’s an incredibly strong image. It sends out an enormously powerful message to the world, about the 50% of the population that are women, so many of whom still live in miserable conditions, suffering violence. It is strong because the woman looks so dignified, iconic.”
The photo first appeared on the TIME magazine cover in August 2010. However, Beiber’s photo will have a lasting impact for generations.
Photography by Jodi Bieber/INSTITUTE for TIME