Westerners have come and gone in Afghanistan, but photographer Robert Nickelsberg kept returning to the war-ravaged country.
He'd been at Time magazine’s New Delhi bureau for a year, when he made his first trip in 1988. It was a historical moment: The last throes of one of modern history’s bloodiest conflicts, which gave way to another era, and then another, of Afghanistan’s now 35 years of constant war.
With U.S. troops withdrawing, and Afghanistan facing another enormous transition, Nickelsberg collected his photos into a book, “Afghanistan: A Distant War,” published at the end of last year. His intimate portraits cover the sweep of Afghanistan’s modern history. Here are just a few: