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Afghan Girl

Photographer Steve McCurry tells the story of shooting the iconic National Geographic "Afghan girl” photo.

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Photographer Steve McCurry tells the story of shooting the iconic National Geographic "Afghan girl” photo.

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Maris Sovold
Maris Sovold

Amazing story!

Did this girl (woman's) eyes change or did the photography make the dramatic difference?  In the 1984 photo I see her eyes as being gold, rimmed with blue, and then finally outlined in black.  The 2002 photo shows a woman with green eyes, but without the variation in color.  Any explanations out there?

Rocky Chaudhry
Rocky Chaudhry

beautiful eyes and a great story .Thankyou Steve 

Huzaim Shah
Huzaim Shah

it is not only a photograph but a book which portray the history of afghanistan

Suresh Adiyeri
Suresh Adiyeri

Amazing photograph. Amazing story. If the eyes of a person can show the world what suffering really is, this is the pair of eyes. And suffering not brought upon her by herself. But by the world around her. Thanks Steve for this photograph which will haunt mankind forever.

Mustafa Sasmaz
Mustafa Sasmaz

More than Marlyn Monroe, more than Andy Wrhol's 50 'copy of the same photo!

jose villa
jose villa

Yeah Gary, tell me something I don't know you goofball.

gary templeton
gary templeton

Beautiful  picture, I think she had a hard life though.

Cheyenne P.
Cheyenne P.

But at the end her eye colors are different 

Adela Olores Odango
Adela Olores Odango

all about living things on earth.  what a great thing to watch those vedio. 

Chinyong Chong
Chinyong Chong

I want to order this photo of my lovely Afghan sister.

Please help me.

Shane C.
Shane C.

Amazing photo and to go back and find that young woman again. I can see through her eyes now and in her face the wear of stress and the more harsh conditions that have taken somewhat of a toll on her looks as to how much it has aged her. Quite the story, all the best to her and her family. Thanks Steve McCurry for this video

Erich Candano
Erich Candano

Afghanistan is a country with rich history, a nation that is fiercely defended by its people, if only Islamic scholars goes back to the time when they tolerate people of different religious belief the glory days of this country can come back, Talebans have transform this country to almost stone age civilization, year zero

Milton Tolman Sr
Milton Tolman Sr

Her Geno2.0 results would be fantastic!! Did she ever donate a sample DNA?