Girls from Kabul fighting gender-based injustice on skateboards

Girls from Kabul fighting gender-based injustice on skateboards

‘Skate girls of Kabul’ is a mesmerizing series of portrait photographs taken by London-based photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson. The photographer took these astonishing images for the non-profit organization Skateistan, which was founded by Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich in Kabul in 2007. The award-winning organization has a mission to teach young afghan girls, ages 5 through 25, to skateboard in a country where females are not even allowed to ride bicycles.

Fulford-Dobson photographs the girls under natural light and in the middle of the skateboarding action, so she could reveal their personalities and emotions, which could otherwise stay well-hidden from her camera. Fulford-Dobson won second prize in the 2014 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait contest with one of the images from this series. Follow the artist on her website and be sure to check out an interview with her below.

 

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