Frances Hardin

Frances Hardin is a journalist who formerly worked for CNN where she covered the White House during the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Subsequently, she joined the staff of the International Monetary Fund where she headed the IMF's video production and later became a senior press officer for Africa. She continues her international interest and has served as a communications expert on USAID projects in Afghanistan, Georgia, Nigeria, and South Africa. She is a Silver Owl member of the National Press Club.

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Summer Sunrise Over Dushanbe, Tajikistan. 2017

I took this photo in August 2017 from my hotel room in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. My plane from Istanbul arrived in Tajikistan around 4AM on what was probably my sixth trip to the country where I was the communications consultant for an agricultural land reform project. The old Soviet industrial farms were being divided into much smaller units and given to the people who had worked the land during the Soviet era. After I'd cleared passport control, collected my luggage and took a taxi to the hotel, it was nearly 6 and the sun was rising. In the foreground to the left, is a rather grand structure incongruously known as a "tea house". The light over the small lake was somewhat diffused and lustrous. Frances Hardin