work at the "Afghanistan -- 25/50" exhibit in Belgrade. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
An Afghan girl who fixes potholes in a road between Kabul and Bagram and depends on tips from passing motorists, waits for vehicles in Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)
Afghan farmers harvest wheat outside Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, June 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)
Afghans watch small birds fight in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Jan. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)
AP photojournalist Dusan Vranic is a veteran of covering international conflicts.
A selection of his
images showing life behind the scenes in war-scarred Afghanistan and other hot spots went on display Dec. 5 in his
native Belgrade, in the main hall of the Belgrade Youth Center
, one of Serbia's main cultural hubs.
The photos were to remain on view through Dec. 7.
The exhibition is titled "Afghanistan -- 25 / 50," because Vranic has now worked 25 years at AP and recently celebrated his 50th birthday.
"Half my life has been with AP
and the proportion will only increase," Vranic
told the audience of 500 who turned out for Wednesday's exhibit opening.
Vranic was photo chief in Afghanistan from 2009-2011 and now holds the same position in Jerusalem.
25 years with AP
also covered such historic events as the fall of Communism and the Balkan wars of the 1990s, as well as the conflicts in Iraq and Israel/Palestine.
Acting Mideast Editor and Jerusalem Bureau Chief Dan Perry hailed Vranic as a "compassionate student of human affairs."