Farzana Wahidy was born in Kandahar. Afghanistan, in 1984 and moved to Kabul at the age of six. She attended school during the years of the Afghan civil war. After the Taliban came to power and prohibited the education of women, she secretly attended an underground school . When the Taliban were defeated Farzana continued her education. completing high school then enrolling in a two-year program sponsored by AMA Photojournalism Institute.
In 2004 Farzana began working as a photojournalist for Agence-France Presse, becoming the first female Afghan photojournalist to work for an international wire service. Later Farzana joined the Associated Press news agency.
In 2007 Farzana received a scholarship to attend the two-year Photojournalism Program at Loyalist College in Belleville. Ontario, Canada, and graduated in June 2009.
In 2008 Farzana was one of four recipients of a Merit Award from the All Roads Film Project and Photography Program sponsored by the Na-tional Geographic Society.
In November 2008. Farzana received a Gold Award in the Portrait category in the College Photographer of the Year competition at the Univer-sity of Missouri. In 2009 Farzana was an Open Society Institute grantee for her documentary project on Afghan Women. In 2012 Farzana was chosen as one of the 100 most successful Afghan women in Afghanistan by MOBY Group.
Farzana has freelanced for a variety of international clients and her pictures were published by Sunday Times, Guardian, Le Monde 2, Medame Figaro, Gent magazine. CanWest News, Canadian Geographic. Getty hinges, Polka Magazine, Le-temps magazine, New Statesman, Deutsche-Welle. Save the Children, UNDP, ICRC, NRC, Intemews.
Farzana's photographs have been presented in solo and group exhibitions in: Afghanistan. Canada, Germany, Italy, United Sates, India, Paki-stan in Norway, Geneva and China.