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Profile of Photographer Kiana Hayeri

Last week, while fashion week wrapped in New York and headed to London, another event sparked cultural shifts and set trends: TED2016 in Vancouver. Speakers at the five-day conference range from Al Gore talking about climate change to Shonda Rhimes giving a talk about being a boss. The TED stage is also home to many unknowns, with much of their undiscovered talent -– and many of their featured artists –- coming from their Fellows program. Over eight years, the program has produced over 300 Fellows including two MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipients.

One of the twenty Fellows this year is Iranian-Canadian photographer, Kiana Hayeri. After spending two years capturing youth culture in her native Iran, she relocated to war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan to document the progressive youth movement but also the dark uncertainly that has resulted from a generation born under war. Her photos are a stirring reminder that a youthful zest for life can be found in the most unexpected of places. We talk to Hayeri about her moving work, below.

Read the full Q&A at PAPERmag.com.

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