“I was in Afghanistan late ’88, ’89. I was in the refugee camps. Because I was a woman, that was my only advantage. I could be in the refugee camps and the women would not have to be covered in front of me. So they took off their veils, and I have these images of refugee women that are some of my favorite images of the war in retrospect. But I was green; I was young; I was ambitious; and I thought: “I’m going to be a war photographer. I’ve got to get out there in the whizzing bullets. I’ve got to get out there in the war.” Ironically, once I was out there in the war, it was a lot less photographically interesting, so to speak. The photographs that I treasure the most from that time are of the refugees. That’s the real effect of war — refugees, children without fathers, without mothers, mothers without husbands, widows. That is what war does. Yes, people are dying in the field, but to me, the real result of war is what happens afterwards.” — July 23, 2009
Deborah Copaken Kogan is an award-winning photo-journalist and author of Shutterbabe (2000). She appears in “No Job For a Woman”: The Women Who Fought to Report WWII.