Photographer Interviews

Kiana Hayeri Discusses Her Assignment to Photograph Single Mothers in Afghanistan for Harper’s

September 7, 2017

By Martha T. Moore

© Kiana Hayeri

Malika and her five children live in a single room in Kabul. To gain the trust of her subjects, who are raising children alone,“I basically become part of the family,” says Kiana Hayeri.

Photographer Kiana Hayeri got a story idea while watching an Afghan TV show called Shereen’s Law, about a divorced Afghani woman who raises her three children while working as a court clerk. The protagonist is easily recognizable to Westerners as a single mom. But in Pashto or Dari, the primary languages of Afghanistan, Hayeri realized, there is no term for...

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