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Written by Lana Slezic

Introduction by Deborah Ellis

  • 132 Pages
  • 9780887842184
  • 10.130" x 9.000"
  • PHOTOGRAPHY / Photo Essays
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
  • TRAVEL / Asia / Central


Publication Date September 01, 2007

In March 2004, award-winning Canadian photographer Lana Slezic went to Afghanistan with, in her own words, preconceived notions and a knapsack full of naivety. She believed the ousting of the Taliban in 2001 meant that girls were back at school, women had discarded the burka, and the environment was less oppressive for women. What Slezic discovered about the truth prompted her to lengthen a six week assignment into a two-year stay. During that time, Slezic travelled quietly and unobtrusively through many regions of Afghanistan, talking to women and girls who were willing to tell her their stories. With its searing stories and heart stopping, full-colour images, Forsaken allows some of these women to speak directly to us, and in the process attempts to redress the imbalance in the conversation.


Lana Slezic
Lana Slezic was born to Croatian parents in Toronto. She studied photojournalism and interned at the Magnum Photo Agency in New York, then worked on contract for the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star before going freelance. Her clients include the New York Times, Paris Match, National Geographic, The Sunday Times Magazine and a host of others. Forsaken is her first book of photography.

Deborah Ellis
Deborah Ellis is best known for her Breadwinner series, which has been published in twenty-five languages and has earned more than $1 million in royalties to benefit Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International. She has won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, the University of California’s Middle East Book Award, the Governor General’s Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, Sweden’s Peter Pan Prize, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. She has received the Ontario Library Association’s President’s Award for Exceptional Achievement, and she has been named to the Order of Canada.


"...includes nearly 60 images of Afghan women-some disturbing, others beautiful, almost all evocative in one way or another." Toronto Star