Afghan Girl – 1984

Afghan GirlThe second most famous photo is Afghan Girl, shot by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. Sharbat Gula was one of the students in an informal school within the refugee camp during the time of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan when she was photographed. The image brought her recognition when it was featured on the cover of the June 1985 issue of National Geographic Magazine at a time when she was approximately 12 years old. Gula was known simply as “the Afghan Girl” until she was formally identified in early 2002. The photograph has been likened to Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Mona Lisa and is sometimes popularly referred to as “the Afghan Mona Lisa”.

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