But if U.S. military restrictions have sometimes seemed severe, there are certainly more extreme cases. Take Afghanistan. In the mid-’90s, as Western photographers experimented with the first digital cameras, the Taliban stormed into Kabul, declared the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, and promptly put bans on photography. By 2001 the Taliban had gained control of most of the country, enforcing with an iron fist its prohibition of everything from keeping pigeons to printing animal pictures. It placed its most stringent restrictions on women, who were effaced from the nation’s landscape, hidden behind burqas and high walls. Some of the edicts, such as forbidding women to work outside the home, spurred photographer Lynsey Addario to learn more, and she ultimately traveled to Afghanistan.