"They have a strength, a courage and a generosity that Americans can learn from."
Harrell's photographs were taken in towns like Pol-E-Charki, right outside Kabul (Afghanistan's capital city), to villages like Narang in eastern Afghanistan near its border with Pakistan.
Naomi Bays, curator of Harrell's photographic exhibit, said, "Afghanistan is in such a state of juxtaposition -- from the beauty of the landscape to the destruction and constant conflict, the fear and hope held within an expression of a child.
"A narrative of his journey was immediately apparent on first glance of the images," Bays said.
"You almost feel guilty leaving Afghanistan," Harrell said. "You realize there is so much more that needs to be done. You feel like you are abandoning them."
He doesn't want the people of Afghanistan to be forgotten. "I am doing my little part to bring their stories back to America."
Harrell also said, "I don't wish to make political statements or cultural judgments but rather share the faces of a nation that has known little but war and oppression for generations. I feel my images capture a sense of hope or perhaps just resolve."
A large portion of any sales of Harrell's work will go to the Afghanistan Relief Organization -- a nonpolitical, secular, nonprofit humanitarian organization that focuses on delivering relief aid to needy people throughout Afghanistan.
ArtWalk's website includes a map of downtown Charleston that identifies the offices and businesses that display monthly exhibits. Harrell's photographs will be on display at the Romano and Associates law offices, located at 230 Capitol St., Suite 200.
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.