These striking images reflect a time now long gone, when the Afghan people lived with pride and dignity, much as they had for generations. Kabul was a bustling center of International trade and commerce, women held important professional positions and wore short skirts. Girls freely went to public schools.

The kindness and beauty of a rugged, poetic people are revealed in these photographs from this time of cultural progress. Joanne's intimate portraits of the friends and strangers she met on her travels weave the story together. These captivating images of happier times become haunting in view of the horrific events soon to follow: four decades of devastating war.

Joanne's portraits provide a much-needed reminder that The Beauty of Afghanistan can possibly be once again — with our help. Join us in this global challenge to reinstate the cultural and personal freedoms that have been lost.

"It is my goal that this body of work will serve as an example of hope and inspiration for Afghans everywhere."