A Life Revealed. This story appeared in the April 2002 issue of National Geographic magazine.
She remembers the moment. The photographer took her picture. She remembers her anger. The man was a stranger. She had never been photographed before. The photographer remembers the moment too. The portrait by Steve McCurry turned out to be one of those images that sears the heart, and in June 1985 it ran on the cover of this magazine. In January a team from National Geographic Television & Film’s EXPLORER brought McCurry to Pakistan to search for the girl with green eyes. No, said a man who got wind of the search. It took three days for her to arrive. Names have power, so let us speak of hers. Time and hardship have erased her youth. Now, consider this photograph of a young girl with sea green eyes.
“There is not one family that has not eaten the bitterness of war,” a young Afghan merchant said in the 1985 National Geographic story that appeared with Sharbat’s photograph on the cover. ”No. Galleries. National Geographic Search for the Afghan Girl Pt 1. Photographer Steve McCurry Biography. Steve McCurry, recognized universally as one of today's finest image-makers, is best known for his evocative color photography.
In the finest documentary tradition, McCurry captures the essence of human struggle and joy. Born in Philadelphia, McCurry graduated cum laude from the College of Arts and Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University. After working at a newspaper for two years, he left for India to freelance. It was in India that McCurry learned to watch and wait on life. "If you wait," he realized, "people will forget your camera and the soul will drift up into view. " His career was launched when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into rebel-controlled Afghanistan just before the Russian invasion. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Magazine Photographer of the Year, awarded by the National Press Photographers Association. Www.stevemccurry.com/main.php. Steve McCurry. Early life After working at Today's Post in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania for two years, he left for India to freelance.
It was here that McCurry learned to watch and wait on life. “If you wait,” he realized, “people will forget your camera and the soul will drift up into view.” Career His career was launched when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into rebel-controlled areas of Afghanistan just before the Soviet invasion. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Magazine Photographer of the Year, awarded by the National Press Photographers Association. McCurry focuses on the human consequences of war, not only showing what war impresses on the landscape, but rather, on the human face. Steve McCurry is portrayed in a TV documentary The Face of the Human Condition (2003) by French award-winning filmmaker Denis Delestrac.
"Afghan Girl" Steve McCurry Shoots the Last Roll of Kodachrome Film. Steve McCurry's Blog. Steve McCurry's memories of Afghanistan. I’ve been to Afghanistan maybe 25, 30 times.
I started going there in 1979, when I made two trips, and I went there continually throughout the Eighties and returned for six months in 1992 to cover the downfall of Najibullah. I went back again briefly just before the Taliban years, and I was there afterwards as well. My first visit came about by coincidence, though. I just happened to meet some Afghan refugees while I was staying in a small hotel in Northern Pakistan and I ended up spending an evening with them.
They invited me to go just across the border, to Afghanistan, to see what was happening for myself. It was the first area of conflict that I had worked in and it was a life-changing experience. Admittedly a lot of people might find the idea of repeatedly visiting a country like that scary, but it’s a particular type of person that would want to visit Afghanistan in the first place. That said, I got into a lot of tight jams. Steve McCurry spoke to John O'Ceallaigh.