These photos were taken over the period 1994-97 during various trips through Afghanistan. Locations were Herat, Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif, Balkh and the countryside near Jalalabad, in eastern Afghanistan. I was ambassador to Pakistan at the time, and often reported on the situation in neighboring Afghanistan, where the Taliban were gradually taking over the war-ravaged country. Initially they were welcomed as liberators from the rule of greedy warlords. Gradually their medieval interpretation of the Koran began to stifle the country, and especially the capital Kabul- once considered the “Paris of the Near East”. Education for girls, music, photography, wedding parties etc… were but the first victims of their extremist, fundamentalist rule.