Lange-Taylor Prize

The ruins of Kabul, in the aftermath of sectarian fighting that reduced vast stretches of the city to rubble, Afghanistan, 2002. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.
The ruins of Kabul, in the aftermath of sectarian fighting that reduced vast stretches of the city to rubble, Afghanistan, 2002. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.


“Unnatural Borders, Open Wounds: The Human Landscape Of Pakistan”
by Teru Kuwayama and Christian Parenti
Winners Of The Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University has awarded the nineteenth Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize to photographer Teru Kuwayama and writer Christian Parenti, both Americans. The $20,000 award is given to encourage collaboration in documentary work in the tradition of acclaimed American photographer Dorothea Lange and writer and social scientist Paul Taylor. Lange and Taylor worked together for many years, most notably on fieldwork that resulted in American Exodus (1941), a seminal work in documentary studies.

Christian Parenti and Teru Kuwayama’s project, “Unnatural Borders, Open Wounds: The Human Landscape of Pakistan,” will explore Pakistan “through the lives of its myriad ethnic and tribal groups, and its vast population of refugees and displaced peoples.

“Pakistan’s short and troubled national history began in 1947, in a violent ‘partition’ from what had been the British Indian Empire. As many as 1 million people were killed as India and Pakistan split along religious lines, and an estimated 15 million refugees fled to majority Hindu or Muslim sides of the blood-soaked border that sliced through the province of Punjab. Since then, three wars have been fought between India and Pakistan for control of the region of Kashmir, and three million people have been displaced along a simmering fault line known as the Line of Control.

“The northern border of Pakistan dates from 1893, when a junior British officer drew the Durand Line separating the region from Afghanistan — arbitrarily splitting a vast tribal area that remains the heart of ‘Pashtunistan.’ Two centuries later, the United States, its NATO allies, and the Pakistani army remained mired in fighting along this imaginary line.’

Together, Kuwayama and Parenti propose “to investigate the multi-faceted nature of Pakistani national identity and to probe some of the underlying causes for the country’s instability. Our goal is to approach the complexity of this nation’s history and its future through the individual portraits and histories of the people who have been swept across its borders.

Kuwayama and Parenti first met in Baghdad in 2003. They were in Iraq independently, but over the course of their travels, they visited many of the same places and recorded their parallel journeys. They later coauthored the book The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq, in which their “respective words and images do not mirror each other, but provide alternate dimensions to a moment in Iraq’s history.” In 2004, they traveled together in Afghanistan for six weeks.

Of their collaboration in Pakistan, they write, “Our mediums are different, but we share a conviction and a critical sensibility that makes our respective works especially relevant to each other. We take intensely personal approaches to our work, and neither of us attempts to strip our feelings from our reportage. The story we intend to tell will cover a complex range of history, geography, and ethnicity, and will require all of our skills — as writer and photographer — to approach and comprehend.”

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Women and children gather together at an IDP (internally displaced persons) camp in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan-administered Kashmir, following a massive earthquake that killed 80,000 people and displaced 3.5 million survivrors, 2005. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.

Canadian and Afghan National Army soldiers take fire from Taliban fighters in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, 2007. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.

Canadian and Afghan National Army soldiers take fire from Taliban fighters in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, 2007. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.

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Survivors of a massive earthquake that killed 80,000 people and displaced 3.5 million survivors, IDP (internally displaced persons) camp, Muzaffarabad, Pakistan-administered Kashmir, 2005. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.

A Kashmiri family carries away relief supplies from a military post in the mountainous area of Nosari following the earthquake in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, 2005. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.

A Kashmiri family carries away relief supplies from a military post in the mountainous area of Nosari following the earthquake in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, 2005. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.

The remains of Kacha Gari camp for Afghan refugees in Pakistan's North-West Frontier province. The Pakistani military had razed the generations-old camp and evicted its residents. Months later, the site was repopulated with internally displaced persons fleeing Pakistani military campaigns in Bajaur and the Swat Valley, 2008. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.

The remains of Kacha Gari camp for Afghan refugees in Pakistan's North-West Frontier province. The Pakistani military had razed the generations-old camp and evicted its residents. Months later, the site was repopulated with internally displaced persons fleeing Pakistani military campaigns in Bajaur and the Swat Valley, 2008. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.

The mountains of Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan seen through the window of a destroyed building in Bajaur, in Pakistan's tribal areas, 2008. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.

The mountains of Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan seen through the window of a destroyed building in Bajaur, in Pakistan's tribal areas, 2008. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.

U.S. Marines question a Pashtun villager as they conduct a patrol through farmlands in the Garmsir district, Helman province, Afghanistan, 2008. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.

U.S. Marines question a Pashtun villager as they conduct a patrol through farmlands in the Garmsir district, Helman province, Afghanistan, 2008. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.

Children at a camp for refugees and internally displaced persons on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, 2007. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.

Children at a camp for refugees and internally displaced persons on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, 2007. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.

Central Afghanistan seen from the air, 2006. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.

Central Afghanistan seen from the air, 2006. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.

Survivors of a massive earthquake that killed 80,000 people and displaced 3.5 million survivors, IDP (internally displaced persons) camp, Muzaffarabad, Pakistan-administered Kashmir, 2005. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.

Survivors of a massive earthquake that killed 80,000 people and displaced 3.5 million survivors, IDP (internally displaced persons) camp, Muzaffarabad, Pakistan-administered Kashmir, 2005. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.

A crevasse at the mouth of the Slachen Glacier, the world's highest and coldest battleground, contested by the armies of India and Pakistan, 2002. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.

A crevasse at the mouth of the Slachen Glacier, the world's highest and coldest battleground, contested by the armies of India and Pakistan, 2002. Photograph by Teru Kuwayama.

teru kuwayama is a freelance photographer based in New York. His photographs have appeared in such magazines as Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, Outside, Fortune, and Vibe. Kuwayama has received awards and fellowships from the Eugene Smith Fund, the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Alexia Foundation, and the South Asian Journalists Association, among others. He is a 2009–2010 John S. Knight Foundation Fellow at Stanford University, with a focus on conflict reporting in South Asia. He is also the cofounder of the web-based network Lightstalkers and the curator of the traveling exhibition Battlespace: Unrealities of War.

christian parenti
is a contributing editor for The Nation and Playboy. He has reported extensively from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. His work has appeared in Fortune, The Nation, Playboy, Salon, The London Review of Books, The International Herald Tribune, and Mother Jones. He has written three books, including The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq (The New Press, 2004), and has a Ph.D. in sociology from the London School of Economics. Parenti has been a Soros Senior Justice Fellow and a Ford Foundation Fellow at the City University of New York’s Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. He is currently a Rockefeller Brothers Fund supported research fellow at the Nation Institute.

Past winners of the Lange-Taylor Prize have included Keith Carter, Donna DeCesare, Luis Rodriguez, Reagan Louie, Antonin Kratochvil, Mary Berridge, Ernesto Bazan, Silvana Paternostro, Deborah Luster, C. D. Wright, Rob Amberg, Jason Eskenazi, Jennifer Gould, Paola Ferrario, Mary Cappello, Dona Ann McAdams, Brad Kessler, Misty Keasler, Katherine Dunn, Jim Lommasson, Kent Haruf, Peter Brown, Larry Frolick, Donald Weber, Kurt Pitzer, Roger LeMoyne, Ilan Greenberg, and Carolyn Drake.

For more information about the Center for Documentary Studies, telephone 919-660-3663, send e-mail to docstudies@duke.edu, or check the Web at http://cds.aas.duke.edu.

See: Announcement of previous prizewinners

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    1. rogerm says:

      Those shots by Teru kuwayama are absolutely extraordinary. Thanks for posting.

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