Afghan Girl is a 1984 portrait by journalist Steve McCurry which appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic. It is one of the most recognized photographs in the world, and has been equated with Leonardo da Vinvi’s painting of the Mona Lisa. I was thrilled when I learned an exhibit of Steve McCurry’s work will be displayed at the Hickory Museum of Art, just an hour from my home, from September 12, 2015 through May 8, 2016. My first thought was, I must see the image of Afghan Girl in person. I brought my camera along not knowing if I would be allowed to take photos in the art gallery. Upon arrival, I was told I could photograph Steve McCurry’s images only if a person was present in my images. Oh, I can do that!
I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. Here’s Afghan Girl!
I had just my camera body and one lens with me – my favorite 100mm fixed focal length lens. I asked my husband to sit on the bench and the photo above was taken from a 2nd floor vantage point. This photo recently won me a red ribbon in a Charlotte Camera Club competition. Thanks Steve for the awesome subject!
How can you not stop and admire Afghan Gril? Thank you Sharbat Gula for kindly allowing Steve McCurry to take your photo many years ago.
This is one of favorite Steve McCurry images (below). So intense. So awesome.
I like this image (below) with it’s great blue/yellow color and unusual location of the children. So well done. Thanks to my friend, Mary (with her blue shirt and golden hair), for standing in, so that I could take this picture.
Steve McCurry, you rock!