Beginning in 1986, photojournalist Bruce Richardson worked for the United States Information Agency (USIA) and conducted photo workshops for the various Afghan news agencies in Peshawar, Pakistan. Richardson and his students took thousands of photographs chronicling the people and places of Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, which spanned the 1980s. The Soviet invasion and occupation devastated Afghanistan’s infrastructure and population, sending millions to refugee camps in Pakistan. During 1987, 1990, and 1991, Richardson made frequent trips to Afghanistan to report on the war as a free-lance journalist. His stories and photographs were published in the United States and around the world.
Richardson donated hundreds of photographs and transparencies to the UNO Libraries’ Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection over multiple decades. In 2012, UNO Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections received 13 high-quality photographs that illustrate the later years of the Soviet war in Afghanistan. These photos, and others taken by Richardson and his students, are currently part of an exhibit curated by Claire Du Laney, Outreach Archivist. Additional exhibit materials include maps of 20th century Afghanistan and ephemera from the Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection.
The exhibit will be on display in the Osborne Gallery from December 15, 2021- February 28, 2022. The gallery is open during Criss Library’s regular hours of operation.
For books authored by Bruce Richardson in UNO Libraries visit the library catalog.
About the Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection
In 1974, Arthur and Daisy Paul donated a collection of over 1,200 volumes to the University of Nebraska at Omaha. These publications formed the beginning of the library's Afghanistan Collection, which was later named in honor of Paul. The Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection in UNO Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections is one of the largest collections of material about Afghanistan in the United States. The collection has over 20,000 titles in twenty-nine different languages including Dari, Pashto, and English.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha Libraries
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