Steven McCurry

Steve McCurry is an American editorial photographer responsible for some of the most iconic cultural journalism of our time. “Most of my photos are grounded in people,” McCurry has explained. “I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face.” He achieved world renown with his 1984 photograph Afghan Girl, a striking depiction of a young refugee with mesmerizing green eyes. The image first appeared on the June 1985 issue of National Geographic magazine, along with many other photographs that McCurry shot while on assignment in Afghanistan. The photographer was able to covertly enter the country by disguising himself as a local, arriving immediately before the Soviet Union invasion to document the ensuing chaos and displacement. He was eventually able to travel back into Pakistan with film sewn into his clothing, thereby avoiding its confiscation.


Sharbat Gula (Afghan Girl), 1994.
Digital C print.
39” x 26”.


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