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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Photographing Aisha for the Cover of TIME

Photographer Jodi Bieber talks about her approach in making the photograph of Aisha, the Afghan woman on TIME's cover

Jodi Bieber (1966) is a South African photographer mostly known for her highly publicized portrait of Bibi Aisha; the young Afghan woman who had her nose and ears cut off by the Taliban after seeking rescue from her violent husband in her parent’s home. It was this photo that won Bieber the World Press Photo Award in 2011. She has won no less than 8 other World Press Photo Awards, as well numerous other prestigious awards such as first prize for the series “Real Beauty” in Picture of the Year International Competition and Winner of the Prix de l’Union Européene at the Rencontres de Bamako Biennale Africaine de la Photographie in 2009.

The Story has a happier note. 
The 19-year-old has bravely appeared in public wearing a prosthetic nose, fitted as part of the reconstructive treatment she is having in her new home, New York. Her smile is in stark contrast to the haunted look she showed the world on the cover of Time magazine in August.

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