Youth Voices

Afghanistan through Abdulrab’s Camera

Abdulrab Habibyar
Advisory Board Member/Photographer
Youth in Action Association – East Region Afghanistan

Born in Peshawar in 1987, Abdulrab Habibyar grew up in ‘Jalalabad’ (a city of Afghanistan) and graduated from Cheknori Higher Secondary School in Jalalabad. He then joined Preston University Peshawar in 2004 in order to pursue a degree of BS-Information Technology. Photography had grabbed Abdulrab’s attention since childhood. While taking care of his family business he didn’t give up his interest in photography.

He joined Youth In Action Association (YIAA) in early 2010 as Volunteer Photographer and started working on social activities. He covered events and activities of YIAA regularly and also, participated in a number of professional photography trainings from photo agencies and collages of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

His work is focused on different issues of communities such as environment protection, anti-drug awareness, sport for peace programs, peace through Arts, blood donations, anti-corruption awareness, anti-child labor activities and youth/women rights in the society.

He is also a member of Active Citizens Program (British Council) Afghanistan and visited Pakistan as one of the participants of International Study Visit to Pakistan in February 2012 and represented Afghan youth.

Afghanistan through Abdulrab's camera

He attended Faceoff (an integrated artists’ camp on intolerance) in Peshawar in May 2012 and later again attended its 2nd phase, Faceoff II in Islamabad where more than 15 photographers were present and they worked on different topics. It was Abdulrab’s inspiring photography that was selected by the jury and exhibited in Lok Virsa Museum Islamabad. He was also honoured to receive the Best Photographer Award.

Abdularab is an emerging photojournalist and his photography, especially that of Afghanistan is self-explanatory. His camera lens portrays an altogether different picture of a land that is well-known for its hospitality, but has unfortunately turned into an inferno. His first contribution for tVoY is a resplendent collage of his photographs taken in Afghanistan over the past few years.