Over four years, photographer Gabriela Maj traveled across Afghanistan collecting portraits and stories from inside the country's numerous women's prisons. Almond Garden pays homage to these individuals and provides a "window into Afghanistan's shocking gender inequality and a reassuring portrait of the resilience of these powerful women."Vice UK
Gabriela Maj grew up in Poland, Germany, and Canada. Her photography and writing has been published by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Vice, National Geographic, Esquire Magazine and featured on CNN, BBC and Frontline. She has worked as photographer for FRONTLINE, Getty Images, Bloomberg News and SIPA Press and has covered stories in Iran, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka and Syria among others. Exhibitions of her photographs have been held at the Thomas Werner Gallery in New York, the Toronto City Hall in Canada, Pitti Uomo in Florence Italy and at the 7th Annual Tashkent Photography Biennale in Uzbekistan in 2014. Gabriela obtained a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Photography from Parsons School of Design at the New School University in New York and later went on to complete an Interdisciplinary Master’s degree in Anthropology at Columbia University.
“At once a historical archive, a moving portrait and a call to action, the photographic series captures the beauty of the human spirit even in the most nightmarish of circumstances.”,
- The Huffington Post, April 7, 2015
“Maj affords dignity to her subjects.”,
- American Photo Magazine, Best Photobooks of the Year, December 11, 2015
Also featured by: Time Magazine, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Vice, Hyperallergic