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Pre-war Afghanistan in the compilation of retro-shots. Photo

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. ФотоBy Francois Pommery.

In 1969 Afghanistan was quite different from that torn by war and terrorists a place which is today. French photographer Francois Pommery took these shots during repeated visits to Afghanistan in 1969 and 1974. These photographs show the edge of the stunning scenery, welcoming and friendly people who gladly talked with the photographer and posed for him.

Francois Pommery hitched the way from France to Afghanistan in 1969. He also spent all his scholarship after studying at Nevers, was in the region of Nuristan, where rarely gone before the traveler.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

The photographer returned to Afghanistan in 1974 with his wife and friends. In 1974, Kabul was friendly and lively town. Pommery recalled: “We stayed there for a month. Nothing has changed since I was last here in ‘ 69-m, except that the Prime Minister of the deposed king, his cousin.”

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

Women with covered head carts in Herat — the third largest city of Afghanistan.

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Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

Knowledge is passed on from generation to generation: a man teaches a boy how to work on the loom.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

The boy on the streets of Herat in 1974.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

Couple on the streets of the village Waigal, province of Nuristan, 1969.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

Man and woman in Vigala. The photographer told me that all the people he met, happily agreed to be photographed.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото
Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

The residents of Nuristan live at an altitude of 1800 m in wooden huts.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

According to legend, the people of Nuristan are descendants of Alexander the Great. It is noteworthy that among local sometimes there are blondes with blue eyes.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

A local resident resting in the sun.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

The photographer did not frighten the inaccessibility of the region: “My friends were in Afghanistan in 1965 and has mentioned a beautiful place — Australia, where they were not allowed, so had to get special permission. In search of adventure I went”.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

Glassblower at work, Herat.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

Workshop on the road leading to Bamiyan.

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Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

On the streets of Kabul.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

The tranquility of the mountains and clear lakes.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

During the second visit to the country Pommery went to Bamiyan to marvel at the sculptures of Buddha carved into the rocks.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

The statues were destroyed in 2001 by Taliban.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото
Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

Buddha statues in Bamiyan from afar.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

Natural Park Bandi-Amir — Afghanistan’s first.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото
Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

Pommery: “People called us by the French doctors and asked to be cured of their illness and injury. We could give them only ointment that was in the bag.”

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

Because of the language barrier, the photographer had to communicate with the locals with the help of the drawings in the notebook.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

The bus from Kabul stopped at a gas station.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

Man and boy resting on the way to Bamiyan.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

Decorated truck, 1974.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

Parched river, which stretches through the Kabul. The bridge across the local river is used for drying carpets.

Довоенный Афганистан в подборке ретроснимков. Фото

Francois Pommery in Nuristan, 1969.

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