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Monika Bulaj

Monika Bulaj is a Polish photojournalist, reporter, and documentary filmmaker based in Italy. Her work has been published in Granta, National Geographic, the New York Times Lens, TIME Lightbox, the Guardian, and elsewhere. Her most recent book is Where Gods Whisper (Contrasto, 2018). Her awards include a Grant in Visual Arts from the European Association for Jewish Culture; a Bruce Chatwin Special Award for Photography; an Aftermath Project Grant; a TEDGlobal Fellowship; and a travel grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.


Tajik teenagers in a Kabul prison. Kabul, Afganistan. 2009. Photo by Monika Bulaj.

An Outsider’s Perspective

Winter 2019 | Photography

The ancient Oxus River, today called the Amu Darya, is one of the longest rivers in central Asia, traversing the region as it flows more than 1,500 miles from the Pamir Mountains in the east to its terminus in the Aral Sea.