Powerful Pictures at Perpignan

In an era of splashy eye candy, a venerable photo festival refuses to pull punches.

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Powerful-Pictures-at-Perpignan

The Visa Pour L'image Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, France, has long been oriented toward tough reportage, as opposed to celebrity journalism. "We were always anti-celebrity," in the words of the festival's dependably opinionated director

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Powerful-Pictures-at-Perpignan-Frightened-childre

Frightened children block their ears as people scramble to flee the city of Aaitaroun, Lebanon, where over one hundred people have been trapped by the bombing and damaged roads.
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Powerful-Pictures-at-Perpignan-In-Kandahar-Afgha

In Kandahar, Afghanistan, a former stronghold of the Taliban, 17 women lead by Colonel Malalai Kakar are acting as policewomen and fighting against Taliban insurgents.
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Powerful-Pictures-at-Perpignan-Afghan-boys-play-s

Afghan boys play soccer in an empty, war-damaged, Soviet occupation-era swimming pool in Kabul in 2005. More than three decades of war are etched into the lives and landscape of Afghanistan.
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Powerful-Pictures-at-Perpignan-A-father-holds-his

A father holds his wounded baby after caught in the crossfire between American and North Vietnamese forces in Quang Tri province in 1972.
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Powerful-Pictures-at-Perpignan-At-a-prison-in-New

At a prison in New Delhi, India, a guard makes his rounds as a prisoner washes his laundry.