29 Fascinating Photos Of 1960s Afghanistan

Published August 9, 2013
Updated June 1, 2018

1960s Afghanistan presents a stark contrast to the war-torn region we recognize today. Take a peek at the way Afghanistan was--and how it can be again.

The peaceful hues of 1960s Afghanistan paint a far different picture of the country currently embroiled in corruption and struggle. In 1967, Arizona State University professor Dr. Bill Podlich and his family swapped the stark, sultry summers of Tempe, Arizona for the environs of Kabul, Afghanistan.

After serving in World War II, Podlich wanted to partake in a cause for peace, and for that reason he teamed up with UNESCO to work for two years at the Higher Teachers College of Kabul, Afghanistan. With him were his children, Jan and Peg, along with his wife Margaret.

When not building relationships with his Afghani cohorts, Podlich developed something else: his Kodachrome film, which captured a modernizing and peaceful Afghanistan that belies the harrowing images and thoughts associated with the war-torn country we see today.

That is why, in Peg Podlich’s eyes, her father’s photos are so incredibly important. Says Podlich, these photos “can encourage folks to see Afghanistan and its people as they were and could be. It is important to know that we have more in common with people in other lands than what separates us.”

Picnic In Afghanistan In The 1960s
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Kabul Afghanistan In The 1960s
Buddha Statue In Afghanistan
29 Fascinating Photos Of 1960s Afghanistan
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Thanks to the Denver Post for the images above. We also highly recommend watching this Vice series on life in Afghanistan since the American-led invasion in 2001:

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