These portraits of Taliban soldiers werecollected by Thomas Dworzak during his coverage of the fall of the Talibanregime in 2002. It is thought that most of these pictures are from Talibanmembers who had them taken in early November 2001, but could not pick them upas they had to flee the advancing opposition and United States' bombing.
People usually picture menacing look and ruthlessdeed at the mention of Taliban. However, the Taliban soldiers portrayed inthese photos may break the stereotype and carry with them a sense of gaudy comedianmasculine look.
The Taliban interpretation of Islamic rules statedphotography or any depiction of living beings (humans or mammals) was illegal.But when passport photography was re-allowed, some Taliban members would ask topose for a more flattering, retouched portrait secretly taken in the backroomof the studio. The pictures were taken by Afghan photographers in Kandahar at the studios"Shah Zadah" ("Son of the King/Shah"), "Roshan"("Light") and "Nazir Photographer".