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Paula Lerner passed away on March 6, 2012 in Belmont, MA.  Our sympathy to her husband Thomas Dunlap and her daughters Maia and Eliana.

Paula was an award-winning photojournalist and multi-media pioneer. For more than 25 years, she photographed stories for national and international magazines, including Smithsonian, People, Time and Business Week.  Women's issues were a recurring theme in Paula's work.

To us at Bpeace, she was one of our earliest members.  In 2004, Paula traveled on Bpeace's second expedition to Afghanistan.  From that trip forward her career course was forever altered and Bpeace grew up fast thanks to her lens.

To best understand Paula's work, spend some time appreciating her award-winning multi-media piece that appeared in The Washington Post in 2006.  She tells the compelling stories of five of Bpeace's earliest female Fast Runners at a time when Afghans and the world were more optimistic for Afghanistan's future.   She was an authentic storyteller with her images and her voice.  She was an amazingly fine writer as well.

In those early years of Bpeace, Paula's photography on our web site and in our marketing efforts helped us seem much larger and more accomplished than we actually were at the time.

She became family-close with Rangina, our Fast Runner in Kandahar and Paula spent long stretches of time in this dangerous province to document the lives of women there.  For certain, this was the first time these women were photographed.

In 2010, Paula won an Emmy when her Kandahar photographs were the star of "Beyond the Veil" a six-part series for The Toronto Globe and Mail.

Paula used every opportunity to give the world insight into Afghan women. Even while she was ill these past years, she gave more speeches and presentations than any of us combined.  At every single one she never missed an opportunity to also plug Bpeace.   '

Just 10 days before her death, she filled out a Bpeace membership survey, saying "I wish there were more of an active chapter in the Boston area."

Paula's photographs leave a legacy for generations who will always see Afghan women through her eyes.   So many of us were awed by her creativity, tenacity, passion, bravery and generosity. The Bpeace Board has decided to honor her memory with an annual award in her name.

Paula didn't have a chance to see a hard copy, but her new book is now available. More information here.

Paula knew what people everywhere wanted:  "When I am in Kabul, my Afghan friends often ask to see pictures of my family," she wrote in The Washington Post.  "As they smile at my family snapshots, we talk about our children. The Afghans I know want what people want everywhere: a peaceful environment to live and work in, a safe country to raise their families and go about their daily lives."

[caption id="attachment_1930" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Paula Lerner"][/caption]

Paula Lerner passed away on March 6, 2012 in Belmont, MA.  Our sympathy to her husband Thomas Dunlap and her daughters Maia and Eliana.

Paula was an award-winning photojournalist and multi-media pioneer. For more than 25 years, she photographed stories for national and international magazines, including Smithsonian, People, Time and Business Week.  Women's issues were a recurring theme in Paula's work.

To us at Bpeace, she was one of our earliest members.  In 2004, Paula traveled on Bpeace's second expedition to Afghanistan.  From that trip forward her career course was forever altered and Bpeace grew up fast thanks to her lens.

To best understand Paula's work, spend some time appreciating her award-winning multi-media piece that appeared in The Washington Post in 2006.  She tells the compelling stories of five of Bpeace's earliest female Fast Runners at a time when Afghans and the world were more optimistic for Afghanistan's future.   She was an authentic storyteller with her images and her voice.  She was an amazingly fine writer as well.

In those early years of Bpeace, Paula's photography on our web site and in our marketing efforts helped us seem much larger and more accomplished than we actually were at the time.

She became family-close with Rangina, our Fast Runner in Kandahar and Paula spent long stretches of time in this dangerous province to document the lives of women there.  For certain, this was the first time these women were photographed.

In 2010, Paula won an Emmy when her Kandahar photographs were the star of "Beyond the Veil" a six-part series for The Toronto Globe and Mail.

Paula used every opportunity to give the world insight into Afghan women. Even while she was ill these past years, she gave more speeches and presentations than any of us combined.  At every single one she never missed an opportunity to also plug Bpeace.   '

Just 10 days before her death, she filled out a Bpeace membership survey, saying "I wish there were more of an active chapter in the Boston area."

Paula's photographs leave a legacy for generations who will always see Afghan women through her eyes.   So many of us were awed by her creativity, tenacity, passion, bravery and generosity. The Bpeace Board has decided to honor her memory with an annual award in her name.

Paula didn't have a chance to see a hard copy, but her new book is now available. More information here.

Paula knew what people everywhere wanted:  "When I am in Kabul, my Afghan friends often ask to see pictures of my family," she wrote in The Washington Post.  "As they smile at my family snapshots, we talk about our children. The Afghans I know want what people want everywhere: a peaceful environment to live and work in, a safe country to raise their families and go about their daily lives."

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