El profesor universitario William Podlich viajó desde Arizona a la ciudad de Kabul para trabajar con la UNESCO en un programa de asistencia a la educación superior en Afganistán, vivió en el país junto a su esposa y sus dos hijas durante la década de 1960, antes de que fuera arrasado por las invasiones soviética, estadounidense y la dictadura talibán, en los últimos cuarenta años.
Las fotografías tomadas por el profesor Podlich testifican escenas coloridas, donde la tranquilidad y alegría de los ciudadanos eran la constante; el pueblo afgano, de fuertes tradiciones, aprovechaba como cualquier otro los progresos del arte y la ciencia; hoy los lugares y estilos de vida capturados por la cámara del profesor Podlich, son sólo ruinas.
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GALERÍA FOTOGRÁFICA, DERECHOS DE AUTOR DR. WILLIAM PODLICH.
«Kabul Gorge or locally known as Tang-i-Gharoo which led to the Darae Maiee-Par (Flying Fish Valley). This is the highway which connects Kabul with the province city of Jalalabad. «
«Guard duty at the King’s Palace «
«King’s Hill in Paghman Gardens. «If you look at photos of the devastation of Europe or Asia after WWII and compare them with what you see nowadays or from pre-war times, you can get a similar feeling while looking at these photos from Afghanistan in the late 1960s… Perhaps looking at these old pictures when Afghanistan was a land of peace can encourage folks to see Afghanistan and its people as they were and could be. It is important to know that we have more in common with people in other lands than what separates us.» – Peg Podlich»
«Frying Jilabee, a sweet dessert. «
«Chemistry lesson in a mud-walled classroom. «
«Masjid Shah-e-do Shamsheera in Kabul. «
«Afghan workers make a street repair in Kabul.»
«An Afghan Army parade through Kabul.»
«Afghan military band.»
«New Year’s Celebration.»
«Carving detail on an arch.»
«A mosque building stands west to the mausoleum of King Abdul Rahman — in the present Zarnigar Park, center of Kabul — which was the Bostan Serai built by King Habibullah (son of King Abdul Rahman). Today is stands as a store room for the Department of Preservation of Monuments, Ministry of Culture.»
«Hotel Intercontinental. The hotel has been attacked on and off since Soviet forces left in 1992, most recently by suicide bombers in June 2011. It is still in operation and was used by western journalists during the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.»
«Dr. Bill Podlich on a hillside in Kabul. «My dad was a professor of Elementary Education, specializing in teaching Social Studies, at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona from 1949 until he retired in 1981. He had always said that since he had served in WWII (he trained soldiers against chemical warfare), he wanted to serve in the cause of peace. In 1967, he was hired by UNESCO as an Expert on Principles of Education, for a two-year stint in Kabul, Afghanistan at the Higher TeachersÕ College. Throughout his adult life, because he was interested in social studies, whenever he traveled around (in Arizona, to Mexico and other places), he continued to take pictures. In Afghanistan he took half-frame color slides (on Kodachrome), and I believe he used a small Olympus camera.» – Peg Podlich.»
La colorida vida en Afganistán (1960). Foto: William Podlich.