Shah Marai was an Afghan journalist and photographer. He was the chief photographer for Agence France-Presse’s Kabul Bureau from 1996 to his death in 2018. In total, AFP distributed more than 18,000 of his pictures.
Agence France-Presse‘s chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, and five other journalists were among more than two dozen people killed in twin suicide blasts in the Afghan capital 2 days ago.
In total, AFP distributed more than 18,000 of his pictures, documenting the tremors of war including the struggles of innocent Afghan people and most ironically, the beauty of the entire land mass of Afganistan. He had an incredible self-capability to capture the importance of human life in almost any situation, be it war, or a function or an event in any city of Afghanistan. Shah Marai leaves behind a family, including six children and a wife.
I also insist you read “When Hope Is Gone,” written by Marai himself back in 2016 about Afghanistan after the U.S. pulled out his long-held forces, and about his story of how he has covered the events and scenarios of the previous decades.
A discography of his photos is gathered below. Collected from different sources with proper credits.
Internally displaced Afghan children stand outside their mud shelters in a makeshift camp as winter approaches in Kabul on Dec. 4, 2012. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)
An Afghan vendor sleeps beside a watermelon as he waits for customers at a fruit market in Kabul on July 24, 2013, during the holy month of Ramadan. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan shoe-shine boy Sameiullah, 11, looks on from a hillside towards the Karta-e-Sakhi cemetery where he waits for customers daily in Kabul on February 10, 2015. Sameiullah, the second son of his eight-member family, is the sole bread-winner who polishes shoes of customers from dawn to dusk in western Kabul, making roughly 4 USD daily. Poverty and insecurity has forced thousands of children into child labour in Afghanistan. Children aged five to fifteen instead of attending schools work on the streets and are often the sole bread-winners of their families. AFP PHOTO / SHAH MARAI (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan men watch fuel tankers that caught fire in Kabul on August 4, 2011. Police said they are investigating the incident,with no casualties reported, but have so far dismissed any terrorist involvement. AFP PHOTO/ SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)
An Afghan woman from the Uzbek ethnic group feeds pigeons in front of the shrine of Hazrat-i-Ali in Mazar-e Sharif on Feb. 28, 2007. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)