Steve McCurry, ‘Afghan Girl (Sharbat Gula), Refugee Camp, Pakistan’, 1984-printed 2011, Skinner
Steve McCurry, ‘Afghan Girl (Sharbat Gula), Refugee Camp, Pakistan’, 1984-printed 2011, Skinner
Steve McCurry, ‘Afghan Girl (Sharbat Gula), Refugee Camp, Pakistan’, 1984-printed 2011, Skinner
Steve McCurry, ‘Afghan Girl (Sharbat Gula), Refugee Camp, Pakistan’, 1984-printed 2011, Skinner

1984, printed 2011.

Image Size: 21.375 x 14.25 in. (54.0 x 36.0 cm), matted, unframed.
Sheet Measures: 24 x 20 in. (60.9 x 50.7 cm).

This now iconic portrait was featured on the cover of the June 1985 issue of National Geographic.—Courtesy of Skinner

Signature: Signed "Steve McCurry" in black ink on the verso l.r., a Steve McCurry studio label affixed to the verso l.l.

About Steve McCurry

With his shrewd journalistic approach to photography, Steve McCurry has captured some of the most iconic images of the 20th and 21st centuries. McCurry creates straightforward representational photographs that seek to illuminate areas of the world and create narratives from honest depictions of people and places. The photographer is well known for his contributions to magazines such as National Geographic, which featured Afghan Girl—his infamous 1985 image—on its cover. The woman’s haunting green eyes and her location in a country hidden behind the Iron Curtain contributed to the photograph’s significance. “I think the best way to actually photograph somebody is to really look into their eyes,” McCurry has said. “The eyes are so expressive, they say so much about a person.” In recent years, McCurry has continued his journalistic investigations of the less fortunate in areas closer to his home, photographing abused domestic workers in the United States.

American, b. 1950, Darby, Pennsylvania