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Surviving Afghanistan: a talk by Kate Holt

Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8TH

Part of our Extraordinary Women series - International photographer, Kate Holt will share her first-hand experience of living and working in a war zone & the additional challenge of being a woman in a man's world. PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Kate Holt was the only UK photographer to be allowed to photograph the work of a UK military counter IED team in the summer of 2010. Alongside her work with the UK and US militaries, Kate also spent three years documenting the impact of the war on the civilian population; working in civilian hospitals in both Kandahar and Helmand.

Kate will speak about her assignment in Afghanistan, the challenges she faced and the stories that she was able to tell from a civilian population ravaged by a now-16-year-long war. In the first six months of 2015, 22 percent – nearly a quarter - of Afghan civilian casualties were caused by improvised explosive devices, according to a report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. Since the draw down of UK and US troops in 2015 the Afghan National Army has had to take the lead in counter IED work which is proving challenging to sustain.

Not only did Kate have to live and work in a war zone, she also faced the challenge of being a woman in a male-dominated environment. This is a dynamic she faces regularly in her career as an international photojournalist; but far from being a detriment to her work, she sees it as a strength.

“Women are able to access a totally different type of story to their male counterparts,” says Kate. “We need to play to this strength, and embrace our ability to represent issues in a different light.”

●  Saturday 15 September: 1200-1300

Booking Details:
Whilst booking is not essential it is highly recommended. Priority will be given to those who have pre-booked.

Additional Information:
Max 80 people per tour/session. 45 minute talk with opportunity for audience Q&A.

Earlier Event: September 15
A Tale of Two Matildas