On January 3, on the way to an assignment, I saw this boy waiting on customers in this bakery. Afghan bread, called naan, can be oval, circular or rectangular, and it is baked in a tandoor, a cylindrical oven. The bread is formed as dough and stuck on the interior wall of the oven. Black cumin or caraway seeds are often sprinkled on, as much for decoration as for taste, while lengthwise lines scored in the dough add texture.

After taking this picture, I learned the boy’s name is Mousa and asked his permission to publish it. I use photography to change people’s perceptions about Afghanistan by depiciting daily life—the beautiful and the good, as well as the challenges. I believe that my work as a photojournalist allows me to tell stories others wouldn’t see about my country and my people.

—Farshad Usyan