Sharbat had never seen her famous portrait before it was shown to her in January 2002. Although her name was not known for 17 years, her picture, titled “Afghan Girl”, appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic. The image of her face, with a red scarf draped loosely over her head and with her piercing sea-green eyes staring directly into the camera, became a symbol both of the 1980′s Afghan conflict and of the refugee situation worldwide.
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This famous Steve McCurry photograph of a young Afghan girl that adorned the cover of National Geographic magazine and went on to become one of the most famous faces in the world. Here eyes are so haunting.
Love this photo: Sharbat Gula (born ca. 1972) is an Afghan woman who was the subject of a famous photograph by journalist Steve McCurry. Gula was living as a refugee in Pakistan during the time of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan when she was photographed. The image was featured on the cover of the June 1985 issue of National Geographic Magazine at a time she was about 12 years old. Gula was known throughout the world simply as "the Afghan Girl" until she was identified in early 2002.
Steve McCurry... "Afghan Girl," 1985 -- (This photo came out in NGM just about the time I bought my first used 35mm SLR camera. I was never one to put much on my walls, but I cut the picture from the magazine and put it up on the wall above my desk. I did not know it was famous, or would come to be so, but I knew it was a very, very powerful photo and I took inspiration from it... )