Overview participating exhibitions

Awarded Commitment
2012

Awarded Commitment

Majid Saeedi

WAR VICTIMS

These portraits of Afghan victims of land mines vividly evoke the effects of thirty years of war. Over twenty mine action organizations work in Afghanistan. The widespread and indiscriminate use of mines and munitions during almost 30 years of conflict has made Afghanistan one of the most heavily contaminated countries in the world. As of June 2009, there 5,875 designated hazardous areas in the country. They cover an estimated 653 square kilometers of land and impact 2,028 communities. Noor Mohammad is a 46 year old gardener from Herat. He lost his feet to a landmine 20 years ago.

  • WAR VICTIMS

    These portraits of Afghan victims of land mines vividly evoke the effects of thirty years of war. Over twenty mine action organizations work in Afghanistan. The widespread and indiscriminate use of mines and munitions during almost 30 years of conflict has made Afghanistan one of the most heavily contaminated countries in the world. As of June 2009, there 5,875 designated hazardous areas in the country. They cover an estimated 653 square kilometers of land and impact 2,028 communities. Noor Mohammad is a 46 year old gardener from Herat. He lost his feet to a landmine 20 years ago.

  • WAR VICTIMS

    Maryam,10 years old, was wound in the leg by a land mine while playing with her friends. According to the United Nations, more than four million Afghans live in "mine-contaminated" areas.

Biography

Award winning freelance Photographer Majid Saeedi (Iran, 1974), has been working for Getty Images in the Middle East since 2004. In 2001, he was a photographer in Afghanistan for Time Magazine. In 2004, he founded the Fars News Agency and became head of its photo department.

Between 1992 and 2002, Saeedi was selected seven times as Best Photographer of the Year in Iran, and has been the head of the photo departments of nine different newspapers since 1998, also in Iran. In 2009 he was arrested by Iranian security agents after the disputed re-election of Ahmadinejad, but was released after several weeks. 

He has won several international awards, including 4 gold medals from Asahi Japan (2000-2008) and the International Photo Awards (USA, 2005). In 2011 he was one of FotoEvidence Book Award's finalists, with his series War Victims, about Afghan landmine victims.