This month, we present a view of Afghanistan seen from the perspective of a single photographer, Martin Middlebrook. He has spent much of the last three years documenting the real lives of ordinary people across Afghanistan, for a project called 'Faces of Hope'. In 2010 this project exhibited at the Kabul International Conference, and in 2011 it exhibited at the British Museum in London to support their installation on the cultural history of this extraordinary country. Middlebrook writes "'Faces of Hope' is now being turned into a book, an uplifting repositioning of humanity, putting the goodness in people back to the forefront. Afghanistan is a misunderstood and misrepresented country, a place and people devastated by 32 years of continual conflict. And at the heart of this destruction are the souls of 34 million ordinary people trying to survive in this land of 'blood and dust'." This entry is part of an ongoing series here on Afghanistan. All photographs and caption text by Martin Middlebrook. [28 photos]

Afghanistan is a tough place of brutal climate and a complex history, and it is written in the faces of most. It is etched as little creases of personal history that tell a broader story, 30 million canvasses painted with too many stories. (© Martin Middlebrook) (via Afghanistan, July 2012: Faces of Hope - In Focus - The Atlantic)

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    August 2012