The Taliban's home city of Kandahar is a volatile and dangerous place. In the midst of the ongoing conflict there, Rangina Hamidi, an Afghan-American woman, has started a business that provides local women with jobs creating embroidery. Earning their own money empowers these women, raising them out of poverty, improving their self-esteem, and enabling them to make independent financial decisions.
BEE BUSINESS: WOMEN BEEKEEPERS IN AFGHANISTAN
Photos, Audio, Narration and Production by Paula Lerner
Zainularab Miri had the courage to start a honey-making business in Afghanistan under the Taliban at a time when doing so meant putting her life at risk. Despite the danger, she persevered and clandestinely built her business.
BEHIND THE VEIL: An Intimate Journey Into The Lives of Kandahar's Women
Featuring Photography by Paula Lerner and Stories by Jessica Leeder
As the debate about Afghanistan persists, one set of voices is rarely heard: that of Afghan women. In its multifaceted project, "Behind The Veil," the Toronto Globe and Mail offers an unprecedented, honest look at life behind the veil for women from all walks of life in Kandahar, home of the Taliban and one of Afghanistan's most dangerous cities.
2010 EPpy Award: BEST WEB SPECIAL FEATURE - ENTERPRISE
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SITARA ACHAKZAI
A Multimedia Feature by Paula Lerner
Sitara Achakzai was a vivacious and intelligent woman, one of only four female members of the Kandahar Provincial Council. Although she worked hard to improve the lot of her constituents, as a member of the Afghan Government she was a target, and was gunned her down one afternoon in April of 2009. This multimedia feature about her life and death offers an intimate and personal portrait of this remarkable woman. Published by PRI's The World at theworld.org.
SARGENT COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND REHABILITATION SCIENCES
Multimedia Features by Paula Lerner
Sargent College updated its web site in 2010 and commissioned Paula Lerner to produce a series of ten two-minute multimedia features highlighting undergrad and grad students in the health sciences field, as well as faculty doing world class research. They also commissioned a three-minute "About Us" slide show for use on their web site and at student Open House sessions.
Prof. Swathi Kiran: Aphasia Research Lab
BOSTON UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS
Multimedia Features by Paula Lerner
When Boston University updated its Admissions web site in 2008, Paula Lerner was commissioned to produce six two-minute multimedia profiles of students in different disciplines and from a variety of backgrounds. Each student tells the story of his or her own unique experience coming to BU.
THE WOMEN OF KABUL
A Multimedia Feature on The Washington Post Web Site
Photos and Audio by Paula Lerner
In 2001 the Taliban fled Kabul, bringing an end to a harsh regime. This feature tells the stories of five women entrepreneurs in Kabul who are rebuilding their lives and their country by building their businesses. These unusual women struggle to take control of their future against a backdrop of a country still recovering from decades of war and facing an ongoing insurgency.
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ASMP Best of 2006
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Px3 Prix de la Photographie Paris
WHY WE WALK
Edited by Deb Murphy, Photos by Paula Lerner
Paula Lerner collaborated with editor Deb Murphy and team of others from Lionheart Books in Atlanta to create "Why We Walk: The Inspirational Journey Toward a Cure for Breast Cancer," which tells the poignant and personal stories of some of the hundreds of thousands of people who participate in breast cancer fundraising walks each year. The book was published by Rutledge Hill Press in the fall of 2005, and in 2006 a multimedia feature of this material was published on the washingtonpost.com.
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AGFA: A SMARTER WAY
Photos by Paula Lerner
Agfa commissioned the Mullen agency to produce a three-minute video to kick off their "Agfa: A Smarter Way" international ad campaign. Mullen in turn commissioned Paula Lerner to shoot the still images that comprise the entire visual content of the video, in addition to being featured in the print campaign.