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Afghan Dream

A photographic book by Sandra Calligaro

About the project

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What do you really know about Afghanistan ? Can we only get this single war-based frame about the country that all medias gave to us for the last 20 years ?

Afghan Dream has been a long-term project from 2007 to 2015. Sandra Calligaro, a young french photographer, has lived in Kaboul (Afghanistan) from 2007 to 2015. She is now releasing a book with personal pictures from this period. She gives here a very personnal point of view, far away from the pictures we've used to see about Afghanistan.

The book shows the evolution of Afghan society disrupted by 13 years of international presence. The book is half way between journalistic evidence thanks to Sandra Calligaro’s commitment in Afghanistan, and an original poetic digression explained by her very contempory photographic quest.

Sandra Calligaro’s photography unveils the everyday life of an emerging middle class, lacking guidelines and seeking ways to escape from reality. The author questions us on our knowledge of this region and she queries the subconcious image that people have developed through the prism of the medias which is often reduced to the sensational conflits in the area.

"But what stands out most from repeated visits to Kabul during the past decade is the emergence of a new westernized urban class. This class emerged thanks largely to the influx of money that came with the coalition's arrival in 2001. Far from the clichés of a turbaned Afghanistan, these new urban residents mingle in supermarkets in Kabul with their mobiles stuck to their ears." - From LensCulture about Sandra Calligaro's project.

We are now happy to publish this very personnal book, and we need your support to make this possible. We're offering here a very preferential price (the real book price will be around 39 euros), and the chance to get the book earlier than the official release in bookshops.

Here are the details of the book :

  • Format : 28x22,5 cm
  • 144 pages
  • hard cover
  • Deluxe demi mat paper
  • Printed in France
  • All texts in french and english

Text by Gilles Dorronsoro, Political Science researcher, specialized in modern Afghanistan and Turkey and teaching International Relations at Paris 1 University, Pantheon-Sorbonne.​

Forewords by Gilles Verneret, Art Director “le bleu du ciel” gallery at Lyon, and founder of the Lyon September Festival of Photography. 

The book will be shipped by the end of january 2016, and be available in bookshops by the end of february.

At this point, the layout will look like this (work in progress):

When pre-buying this book, you're supporting an original and fully independant creation. Thank you !

What are the funds for?

This is not a request for a donation. It is a pre-sale campaign.

In fact the book is on sale to the public before printing. The money collected enables us to reduce the amount of money needed to edit the book without using a bank loan (most of the budget goes into printing the book amounting to around 10.000 euros).

In this way, the public participates in creating the book by backing a completely independant edition. In exchange, the pre-buyers are entitled to a very preferential price and also special offers for buying (the real book price will be around 39 euros).

You can choose between three offers.

offer N°1 :

offer N°2 :

offer N°3 :

About the project owner

Sandra Calligaro is a french photographer, and was based in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2015. She now lives in Paris. Her work has been exhibited in many well known places as the national french library, and her project Afghan Dream won the bourse du talent in 2013 (reportage category). You can follow her work on her website or her facebook page.

Pendant ce temps, is a small and recent french publishing company, founded by photographer Romain Philippon. His first book The world asleep has been published in 2013, and received the public award in the international photo meeting of Strasbourg RDVI. Metamorpolis by Tim Franco was just released few months ago, as well as Fragments, a photographic collection about Indian Ocean.

Only dedicated to photography, Pendant ce temps aims to help young and talented photographers to publish first books. We are working without any sponsors, only with the support of our buyers. By using Ulule platform, we are only trying to reduce financial risks, and propose to photo lovers to get involved in some orginal artistic creations.

We really believe that books are essential in our society, and that photographers must have the time and freedom to work on their subjects. And whatever the time it has to take, or the financial difficulties we'll have to go through, we will always publish books, because photography has to be print, for eternity.

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