Photos by Umida Akhmedova, charged in Uzbekistan

January 22, 2010 3:00 PM ET

Umida Akhmedova, a prominent photojournalist in Uzbekistan, is facing criminal charges of insulting the Uzbek people. The charges stem in part from a 2007 album of photography depicting life in Uzbekistan’s villages. Here is a slide show featuring images from the album. 



Beautiful photographs. Love to see her documentaries. I protest her arrest. She should be freed immediately.

Amazing pictures. This is a great way to show traditional uzbek lives.
There is no reason why she should be arrested.

Even if some of the photos depict the poverty and hardship of rural Uzbek life, freedom of expression must not be curtailed. When the voices of artists and journalists are silenced, governments can inflict any injustice on their people and no one can speak out.

Photographs are important. Some photographs have changed history, including photographs of migrant workers during the Great Depression, photos of the Vietnam War, a photo of a man standing before a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square, or the Abu Ghraib photos.

Photographs matter.

Very compelling. Photographs indeed matter (a lot), and this album is a great example of how the lens can open new worlds for us.

A government that, having aspired to independence from the USSR, have had less then 20 years to build up the countries economic and social infrastructures as a separate state should be proud of what they've achieved in such a short time. There are parts of Uzbekistan that look stunning. The fact that the country still has areas where aspirations to Western ideals for a standard of living haven't been achieved yet is hardly surprising, yet the Uzbeki government has truly shot itself in the foot (again!)

Instead of promoting Uzbekistan as a forward thinking, free and deliciously new and exciting country ripe for tourism and the potential for foreign investment, it's showing itself up to be just another tinpot regime ruled by a corrupt and abusive government. Instead of successfully defending their country, the government have very successfully highlight the Human Rights abuses that Umida's been working to eradicate for years.

I hope that the Uzbeki government sees sense and relents, but given that they've previously had her arrested for her defence of human rights it would seem that they're really gunning for her again. Someone's got a real bee-in-the-bonnet about her.

These photos are so beautiful, and of what appears to be relatively harmonious life spent more outdoors and in vast beautiful and sunny settings than many of us have I'm sure. Some of the people look happy! I think the Uzbekistan government should be showing how proud they are of her, not pardonning her from a conviction and donning her with a criminal record.

I completely agree. These are photos for a country to be proud of. They're beautiful and show a more beautiful life than many have in the US.

I saw her photo book; fantastic. Knowing her background and life, I wish the government more wisdom. She is a remarkable woman, one with guts living in a man-dominated country and culture. She is promoting Uzbekistan in a sincere way.

Apparently Stalin is still present in the former USSR.

Herarresters should be arrested.
She, freeded.

These photos suggest that there is no happiness in Uzbekistan!I have moved to the US some years ago, but I still remember beautiful traditions, kind and generous people and marvelous views of the countryside in my home land. Dear Umida Akhmedova, aren't you too one-sided? Don't you think you are a little blind to see wonderful portraits of Uzbekistan? I respect your works, but believe me it's not the only views of Uzbekistan. There is happiness, there is youth people and beauty and there is love in Uzbekistan! Open your eyes wider, please..

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