Photographer Paula Lerner '84—who took pictures of people all over the world, but especially women in Afghanistan—gave her papers and photographs to the Schlesinger Library before she died on March 6 at age 52 in Belmont, Massachusetts. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004.
Lerner made five trips to Afghanistan on her own and as a volunteer for the Business Council for Peace (Bpeace), an organization that helps women in post-conflict countries set up self-sustaining businesses. In 2007 and 2009, she traveled to Kandahar, the capital of southern Afghanistan, to work on a long-term project on women there. Her multimedia feature The Life and Death of Sitara Achakzai, about a prominent female Kandahari politician, was a Webby Award honoree in 2010. Later that year, she collaborated with the Toronto Globe and Mail to produce Behind The Veil, an Emmy-award winning multimedia feature about women in Kandahar, which was also a Webby Award nominee and won a prestigious EPPY Award. Lerner's clients included Business Week, Newsweek, Smithsonian, and Time.
We'll bring you more news about the Lerner Collection after it arrives at the library and is processed.