Photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson

Skate Girls of Kabul

16 May 2017 | 19:00 – 22:00

Location: Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris, 6e

Jessica Fulford-Dobson is an award-winning London-based portrait photographer whose exhibit Skate Girls of Kabul has become a worldwide phenomenon. Out of over 4,000 submissions, a Skate Girl portrait won 2nd Prize at The National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and was exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery. London’s Saatchi Gallery presented a solo exhibition of the portrait series. The BBC program “Impact: BBC News” featured Ms. Fulford-Dobson; Telegraph Magazine produced a major article and a dozen images from the work; Italy’s Corriere della Serra gave it a front page and inside double page; Grazia UK,in “Week In Week Out, 10 Hot Things to Do—Culture” called the Skate Girls exhibition a “Powerful, moving and potentially world-changing exhibit.”

Since the launch of the exhibition, the total number of views, all media considered, has passed 40 billion. In 2015, Skate Girls of Kabul was published as a book, with a forward by vertical skateboarding pioneer Tony Hawk. Shortlisted for such prestigious competitions as the International Photography Awards and British Book Design & Production Award, Skate Girls was selected for the Smithsonian’s Best Photography Books of the Year top ten list.

Ms. Fulford-Dobson will show visuals of Skate Girls of Kabul and be in conversation with Arts Arena founder and director Margery Arent Safir, followed by a coupe de champagne. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

Image: Courtesy of Jessica Fulford-Dobson, Skate Girls of Kabul