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Steve McCurry

November 14, 2015

Sharbat Gula, Afghan Girl, at Nasir Bagh refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan, 1984. National Geographic Magazine, Vol. 167, No. 6, June 1985, Along Afghanistan's War-torn Frontier. "The green-eyed Afghan girl became a symbol in the late twentieth century of strength in the face of hardship. Her tattered robe and dirt-smudged face have summoned compassion from around the world; and her beauty has been unforgettable. The clear, strong green of her eyes encouraged a bridge between her world and the West. And likely more than any other image, hers has served as an international emblem for the difficult era and a troubled nation." - Phaidon 55 The iconic image does not stand outside of time. Rather, it connects with the moment in a deeply profound way. Such as images are imbued with meaning, a significance that resonates deeply with a wide and diverse audience. McCurry's photograph of the Afghan girl is one such image. For many, this beautiful girl dressed in a ragged robe became a worldwide symbol for a nation in a state of collapse. Haunted eyes tell of an aAfghan refugee's fears. Bannon, Anthony. (2005). Steve McCurry. New York: Phaidon Press Inc., 12. NYC5958, MCS1985002 K035 Afghan Girl: Found National Geographic, April 2002 Phaidon, Iconic Images, final book_iconic, page 33. National Geographic Magazine, Along Afghanistan's War-torn Frontier, June 1985, Vol. 167, No. 6 South Southeast_Book In the Shadow of Mountains_Book Steve Mccurry_Book Looking East_Book Iconic_Book Untold_book PORTRAITS_APP final print_MACRO final print_Sao Paulo final print_Milan final print_Birmingham Retouched_ Sonny Fabbri 03/04/2015

Steve McCurry‘s iconic image of the young girl from Afghanistan

First of all:

Steve McCurry is is a masterly American photographer, whom I have admired and have been inspired by for many years.
He can shoot portraits, which let the portrait stand up and express themselves with great strength, and he portrays people in their everyday lives and their surroundings.
His portraits often have a social message, they often show people from poor and oppressed populations. These images appeal to us with great strength because Steve McCurry know the portrayed persons very well and engages in their lives, when he is working among them.

Steve McCurry‘s also great skilled in portraying the environments where he works.
A good example of both his amazing ability to display portraits and their environments is The spirit of Afghanistan (see link below). Afghanistan is one of the countries where has worked for long periods.

I do not think it is exaggerated that Steve McCurry – published in National Geographic and newspapers and media worldwide – has helped to uncover the truth and to change the world in a better direction.

And now an invitation !:

This post is an invitation and a call to my Danish and Scandinavian (and German?) readers:
Travel to Zealand in Denmark and go to Frederiksborg Castle north of Copenhagen – and visit Steve McCurry’s fabulous photo exhibition. I visited the exhibition last week, and it made an unforgettable impression on me.
If you can’t visit the exhibition: Here is a link to his photo-blog, where his photos can also be seen:

Steve McCurry’s Blog

His latest post is some of his many photos from Afghanistan:

The Spirit of Afghanistan

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2015 6:29 am

    Ohh I remember this photo from National Geographics!! So stunning!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. November 15, 2015 7:42 pm

    This certainly is a famous portrait.

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 29, 2015 10:48 pm

      Famous and fantastic.
      And with a great story: That he found her again later – as a woman. And helped her and her family to give her a little back for having granted him this photo.


  3. Neal permalink
    March 6, 2016 9:52 am

    wasn´t aware you were a big Steve McCurry fan, so am I, actually met him once when i worked at magnum photos. The most exspensive book i´ve ever bought was a McCurry book. His Pictures just want me to travel more and take more Pictures.


    • March 6, 2016 4:04 pm

      You’ve been working at Magnum Photos??? Wow.
      I would have loved to be at Frederiksborg when the exhibition opened- and meet Steve McCurry.
      But I bought all the 3 books, that were on sale there 😉


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