Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry


McCurry took his most recognized portrait, “Afghan Girl“, in a refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan.[5] The image itself was named as “the most recognized photograph” in the history of the National Geographicmagazine and her face became famous as the cover photograph on the June 1985 issue. The photo has also been widely used onAmnesty International brochures, posters, and calendars. The identity of the “Afghan Girl” remained unknown for over 17 years until McCurry and a National Geographicteam located the woman,Sharbat Gula, in 2002. McCurry said, “Her skin is weathered; there are wrinkles now, but she is as striking as she was all those years ago.”


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