Afghan Girl

by admin on 03/6/2012
Beautiful portrait of a young Afghan girl Sharbat Gula by photographer Steve McCurry for National Geographic magazine

Afghan girl Sharbat Gula in a beautiful portrait by photographer Steve McCurry

Beautiful portrait of an Afghan girl

This 1984 picture has been declared the “most recognized photograph” ever for Nat Geo, and has inspired many other award-winning shots.

From Wikipedia:

At the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in 1984, Gula’s photograph was taken by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry on Kodachrome color slide film, with a Nikon FM2 camera and Nikkor 105mm F2.5 lens.[5] The pre-print photo retouching was done by Graphic Art Service, based in Marietta, Georgia. Gula was one of the students in an informal school within the refugee camp; McCurry seized a rare opportunity to photograph Afghan women and captured her image.
Although her name was not known, her picture, titled “Afghan Girl”, appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic. The image of her face, with a red scarf draped loosely over her head and with her piercing sea-green eyes staring directly into the camera, became a symbol both of the 1980s Afghan conflict and of the refugee situation worldwide.

Afghan girl represents the first in our portrait series

Hopefully many more will follow!

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