Jessica Fulford-Dobson Photographs Afghanistan’s Girl Skateboarders

London-based photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson was inspired to take these photographs of girl skateboarders in Afghanistan in 2012. She traveled to Kabul to take these photos when she learned about a non-profit organization, Skateistan, created by an Australian skateboarder named Oliver Percovich. And encouragingly, she learned 45% of the students were female. In a country where females are forbidden to ride bikes, skateboarding has quickly turned into the number one sport among women.

Fulford-Dobson said about her time in Afghanistan, “I met so many impressive women and girls in Afghanistan: a teacher as tough and determined as any man; young Afghans in their early twenties who were volunteering at an orphanage and were passionate about being seen as strong and willing to fight for themselves, rather than as victims of circumstance; and girls who were being educated to be leaders in their communities and who were already thinking carefully about their own and their country’s future.”

One of Fulford-Dobson’s portraits won 2nd prize in the 2014 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. The work from this series will be on display at Saatchi Gallery in London from April 15 to April 28, 2015. [h/t]

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