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21 June 2017 / leggypeggy

Remember her eyes—the girl in that photo?

The ‘Afghan Girl’ Sharbat Gula

Sharbat Gula (Bibi) as she stared at us from National Geographic in 1985

Sharbat Gula in 2002

Sharbat Gula rediscovered in 2002

She stared out at us from the cover of the June 1985 edition of National Geographic magazine. She had the most arresting gaze and the most incredible green eyes. She gave a face to the hundreds (perhaps thousands) of Afghans living in refugee camps in Pakistan.

The image of her face, with a red scarf draped loosely over her head and her eyes staring directly into the camera has been named ‘the most recognized photograph’ in the history of the magazine, and the cover itself is one of the most famous in National Geographic’s collection.

Women choosing shoes in Kabul Afghanistan, 1992

Women choosing shoes in Kabul Afghanistan, 1992

Refugee camp, Pakistan, 1990s

Refugee camp, Pakistan, 1990s

Today the ‘Afghan Girl’, Sharbat Gula, is a widow, mother of three girls and about 45 years old. After remaining a nameless mystery for almost two decades, she was rediscovered by Steve McCurry, the man who photographed her bewitching image all those years ago.

McCurry had unsuccessfully searched for her in the 1990s. He returned to the area in 2002, and with perseverance found she had returned to her mountain village of the Tora Bora in Afghanistan. With her then husband’s permission, she met with and was re-photographed by McCurry.

And that brings me to the main subjects of this post—McCurry and his vast collection of work.

Man and children on donkey, Maimana, Afghanistan, 2003

Typical transport in Maimana, Afghanistan, 2003

Balancing rock, Kyaikto, Myanmar, 1994

Monks with the balancing rock, Kyaikto, Myanmar, 1994

Fishermen, Weligama, Sri Lanka, 1995

Fishermen perched on poles in Weligama, Sri Lanka, 1995

Two weeks ago, when we were in Belgium, we passed by the Brussels Stock Exchange and saw that it was exhibiting more than 200 of McCurry’s images.

The ‘Afghan Girl’ has always been one of my favourite images and I found the prospect of the exhibition irresistible. So we joined the lengthy queue to visit The World of Steve McCurry, the most complete retrospective dedicated to this accomplished American photographer.

The large-format photos took us on a magical and, often, heartbreaking journey from Afghanistan to India, the Middle East to Africa, Cuba to the USA, Brazil to Italy, and much, much more.

Every visitor got an audio pack that had McCurry explaining 50 of the images. Of course, the spiels went by so quickly I can hardly remember any of them, but a consistent theme was people.

Gulf War, Kuwait, 1991

A man sifts through the office debris after a bomb in the Gulf War

Al Ahmadi Oil Fields, Gulf War, Kuwait, 1991

The Al Ahmadi Oil Fields burn in the Gulf War, Kuwait, 1991

Tsunami aftermath, Kesennuma, Japan, 2011

A man dwarfed by tsunami destruction, Kesennuma, Japan, 2011

McCurry’s work often focused on the human consequences of war. He covered the Iran–Iraq War, the Gulf War, the civil wars in Lebanon, Cambodia and Afghanistan, and more. (By the way, Poor John and I lived in Lebanon during its civil war.)

McCurry once said, ‘Most of my images are grounded in people. I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face. I try to convey what it is like to be that person, a person caught in a broader landscape, that you could call the human condition.’

Monks, Hunan Province, China, 2004

Athletic monk bouncing off the wall in Hunan Province, China, 2004

Elephant and mahout, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2010

A mahout teaches his elephant to read (or so it seems), Chiang Mai. Thailand, 2010

Robert De Niro, New York, USA, 2010

Robert De Niro captured on Kodachrome transparency film, New York, USA, 2010

I do, however, remember one of his spiels fairly well. Kodak was discontinuing its famous Kodachrome transparency film and gave McCurry one of the last rolls to use in a series of portraits.  That roll was processed in July 2010 by Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kansas, and the image in the exhibit is of Robert de Niro.

Lavazza, ¡Tierra!: the project, Ethiopia, 2014

An Ethiopian coffee farmer from the Lavazza, ¡Tierra!: the project, Ethiopia, 2014

Lavazza, ¡Tierra!: the project, Brazil, 2010

Brazilian coffee farmers from the Lavazza, ¡Tierra!: the project, Ethiopia, 2010

Another 150 photos covered some of McCurry’s other work, including his images for ¡Tierra!: the project.

¡Tierra! coffee is from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms. The coffee’s name comes from Lavazza’s social responsibility project. It was created in 2002 to improve the social and environmental conditions and the production techniques of small communities of coffee growers.

Earthquake damage, Mingun Pagoda, Mandalay, Myanmar, 1994

Earthquake damage at the Mingun Pagoda, near Mandalay, Myanmar, 1994. This pagoda is unfinished and is considered the largest pile of bricks in the world

McCurry’s exhibition goes through Sunday and I can’t find any references to a future showing. If you hear about one—GO!

P.S. I took these all photos of Steve McCurry’s photos. No way I could include all 200 here. I’ve tried to show a cross section of places, faces and circumstances. 

Child, Angkor, Cambodia, 2000

Clever way to carry a child in Angkor, Cambodia, 2000

Child, Timbuktu, Mail, 1987

A young boy in Timbuktu, Mail, 1987

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  1. mwtravisphotography / Jun 21 2017 5:20 pm

    Great blog. Really lovely to read. Thank you.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 21 2017 5:52 pm

      Thanks so much. Appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

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  2. beetleypete / Jun 21 2017 5:33 pm

    A great example of the work of one of the best photographers of people. Your photos of the photos were very good too, Peggy! Thanks for bringing some of that exhibition to us.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. ledrakenoir / Jun 21 2017 5:53 pm

    One of the most outstanding iconic portraits ever, Some of them we never hear the following story. So this is excellent – often it makes me sad, when people in Europe feel sorry for themselves without lifting their noses and look at the world outside Europe – perhaps they are scared to find out what a cruel world outside Europe. 😦

    Excellent post here, my friend. 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 21 2017 6:22 pm

      Thanks so much. Yes, it is very, very sad when so many in the western world fail to see how fortunate they really are.

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  4. Phyllis Gaetz / Jun 21 2017 5:54 pm

    Fascinating. How fortunate that you were able to see the exhibition.thank you for sharing.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 21 2017 6:23 pm

      Completely thrilled to have been able to see this exhibition and hope it is displayed more widely.

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  5. derrickjknight / Jun 21 2017 6:06 pm

    Quite superb, Peggy. Thanks

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  6. ralietravels / Jun 21 2017 6:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing that exhibit. We are highly unlikely to see it, and your photos are great.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 21 2017 6:59 pm

      Thanks so much. We felt so lucky to be able to see it.

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  7. Vicki / Jun 21 2017 6:57 pm

    Lucky you (and Poor John).
    Thanks for sharing some of Steve wonderful images, many of which I’ve never seen before.

    I am his biggest fan 🙂 I admire his unique ability to capture deep inside the soul of his portrait subjects.

    I also have his enormous book Steve McCurry – The Iconic Photographs (as well as the National Geographic dvd ‘In Search of The Afghan Girl’).

    I will forever remain envious of your visit to the exhibition 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 21 2017 7:00 pm

      His images are fabulous. We were so blessed to see the exhibit and I simply had to share it.

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  8. Anita / Jun 21 2017 7:31 pm

    What a fascinating post
    thank you so much dear for good sharing
    Kisses back to you

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  9. paolsoren / Jun 21 2017 9:10 pm

    Oh! Wow!

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  10. calmkate / Jun 21 2017 9:52 pm

    wow magic photos of such an amazing exhibition .. both of you are true artists, thanks for sharing this Peggy 🙂

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  11. weggieboy / Jun 21 2017 9:59 pm

    If I could only have one magazine, it always would be National Geographic. I just renewed my subscription this week. The photos are the arresting feature of the magazine, though the text finishes opening up the world revealed in the photos. I enjoyed the blog today more for its source! (As a Nebraskan, you can appreciate our own Joel Sartore and his compelling wildlife photography in National Geographic and other places!)

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 22 2017 1:57 am

      One of our daughters spent six months living in Nebraska and brought home Joel Sartore’s Nebraska book for me. A cherished item. Also, I spent a couple of weeks carrying equipment and taking notes for Tom Abercrombie when he was doing a National Geographic piece on Egypt in the 1970s. I think it appeared in the March 1977 edition.

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  12. pvcann / Jun 21 2017 10:17 pm

    Wonderful read

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  13. Lauren / Jun 21 2017 11:00 pm

    Thanks for this post. Hope I get to see this exhibition someday.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 22 2017 1:58 am

      I hope it becomes a travelling exhibition.

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      • Lauren / Jun 22 2017 2:22 am

        Me too! I think it’s important to put that picture in context of the human and political situation surrounding it — not just an isolated image.

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      • leggypeggy / Jun 22 2017 2:28 am

        Thank you Lauren. You make an excellent point.

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  14. Michelle Thompson Widger / Jun 21 2017 11:28 pm

    Amazing! Thank you so much! Loved this post! In fact, I enjoy all of your posts. You share the world with me in Kearney, NE

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 22 2017 2:29 am

      It’s my pleasure, Michelle, to have you travel along with me.

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  15. kkessler833 / Jun 21 2017 11:59 pm

    Great post! Thank you!

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  16. Almost Iowa / Jun 22 2017 1:11 am

    Phenomenal images.

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  17. dfolstad58 / Jun 22 2017 2:17 am

    Very interesting post, and I enjoyed the cross section of photos. I can see why you took the time to see the exhibition.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 22 2017 2:30 am

      We happened upon the exhibition by chance, and I am so glad we went in.

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  18. The Cooking spoon / Jun 22 2017 2:45 am

    What a brilliant post. I remember that foto of the girl too but never knew who had made. 👍

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 22 2017 2:59 am

      I knew the photo too, but had forgotten who took it. It was so great to see more of his work

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  19. christie jones / Jun 22 2017 2:57 am

    I guess you were so lucky to get there at the right moment.. Such a wonderful work, and thank you for sharing (some of them at least 🙂). Hopefully they can tour the photos around the world, wouldn’t that be nice?

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  20. Laurie / Jun 22 2017 4:30 am

    Thank you for the wonderful post with your words and wonderful pictures. I’m bookmarking this so I can return over and over again to re-read.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 22 2017 8:10 am

      Thanks so much, Laurie. I think you can find more of Steve McCurry’s work through Google

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  21. Phil Huston / Jun 22 2017 4:40 am

    He captures his images without agenda, and I feel that is the greatest gift of his art. We are, after all the political and social and religious and economic and geophysical dogmas, simply people. And what a great opportunity to get to know more of us. Call me an old hippie, but these pictures prove one something vital. We really are one people. On one Planet. Thanks!

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 22 2017 8:12 am

      Thanks so much Phil. We really are one people, with similar wants, needs, hopes and aspirations. Amazing how people so quickly and easily forget this.

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  22. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Jun 22 2017 6:02 am

    Steve McCurry is indeed a gifted photographer who’s shown us aspects of the world most of us will otherwise never see. And that young Afghan girl – I almost wish he’d never found her grown up.

    How are you feeling, Peggy?

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 22 2017 8:15 am

      I get what you mean about finding her, but I think it’s important for us to know how life went on for her. Fancy her never seeing that famous picture until Steve McCurry re-found her in 2002. As for me, still aching, but improving.

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  23. Dymoon / Jun 22 2017 6:51 am

    what a great interlude in my day, thank you for sharing…

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  24. trE / Jun 22 2017 7:10 am

    I wouldn’t want to leave that exhibit. Thank you for sharing with us!

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  25. Christy B / Jun 22 2017 9:03 am

    Wow! What an amazing exhibition here, Peggy. To see her all these years later at 45 years old… those eyes, those eyes!!

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  26. theorangutanlibrarian / Jun 22 2017 9:14 am

    Wow what incredible photos- and I never knew the story of the Afghan girl before, though I’d seen it (of course) Excellent post!!

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  27. Dippy-Dotty Girl / Jun 22 2017 9:59 am

    This was lovely! What a stunning body of art he has put together over the years…

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    • Dippy-Dotty Girl / Jun 22 2017 10:02 am

      And I did not know that he had found her again. Sharbat Gula that is. It is startling to see the change in her expression. She looks suspicious (and somehow pulled down?) in the present-day image.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 22 2017 4:19 pm

      Life was already hard for her back in the 1980s, and then never got any easier. The change is her expression should help to remind us that refugees need our support.

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      • Dippy-Dotty Girl / Jun 22 2017 11:39 pm

        It was indeed. I wonder if there is any innocence left for children who are born into such circumstances. For it is all a matter of chance to be born where you are, isn’t it? You last thought is deep and cogent.

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      • leggypeggy / Jun 23 2017 3:08 am

        Our birthplace is all down to chance. In some parts of he world, refugees have lived in the same camp for more than 50 years. The world has to figure out a solution.

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  28. Dave Ply / Jun 22 2017 12:42 pm

    That guy’s seriously talented. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Alison and Don / Jun 22 2017 12:45 pm

    What a fabulous exhibition. I love Steve McCurry’s work.
    Alison

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  30. Brenda / Jun 22 2017 8:13 pm

    What an eye McCurry has. And he does manage to give a sense as to what it is to be like “that person” in his photos. Very powerful. Thanks so much for bringing this to us Peggy.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 23 2017 3:02 am

      I’m just so glad I had the chance to see the exhibit and the share it here.

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  31. lexklein / Jun 23 2017 12:41 am

    I’d love to see this exhibit! I remember the Afghan girl’s portrait like it was yesterday and also followed his reconnection with her years later – fascinating! We recently viewed a devastating collection here in Houston; five photographers were sent out to capture refugees around the world, and it was a truly heartbreaking exhibit, as are many of McCurry’s depictions of life in war zones.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 23 2017 3:05 am

      It would be fascinating to see that collection you saw in Houston. I wish people, in general, would open their hearts to refugees. We truly cannot fathom all that they have been through.

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  32. chattykerry / Jun 23 2017 12:49 am

    I too have always been fascinated by that particular photo and her green eyes. Having lived in the Middle East, I now know the Vikings spread their light eyes all over the world (and red hair). Gosh, she is such a striking woman but her early beauty is tempered by her hard life. It is hard to believe she is just 45. The photographs are amazing – thank you.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 23 2017 3:06 am

      I’ve loved that photo since the day that issue of National Geographic was dropped in to my letterbox. Such a powerful image. And yes, the years have been so hard on her.

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  33. Sy.S / Jun 23 2017 4:56 am

    Hello Peggy,
    Amazingly wonderful that you (and your blogger posters) by chance came across (in Belgium) this Steve McCurry exhibition. What beautiful photography, but not one was a black and white print/image? Maybe it was either Steve McCurry’s style to photograph in color or the popularity of color images (Kodachrome film) kept him from doing more B&W images. Whatever, a great series of photos to view and enjoy.

    Googling you can see many of the photos Peggy had posted and much more in The Steve McCurry exhibitions URL; http://stevemccurry.com/exhibitions

    Thanks for sharing,

    Sy S.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 23 2017 5:44 am

      Oh Sy, you have an eagle eye. Actually there were 70+ of his black and white photos—all from his very early days in Afghanistan. They were printed smaller than the other photos and in a smaller space that was packed with people. I couldn’t get back far enough to get decent pictures.
      Thanks so much for the link to these and other of his photos.

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  34. Dorothy / Jun 23 2017 8:36 am

    The girl with the dangerous looking eyes looked very sad in her updated photo. She has had a hard life. I cant help wondering if the photographer gave her some of the royalties he must have made from the first photo. He is a great photographer, I love his pictures, must be hard to see such need and not be abke to help people.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 23 2017 2:25 pm

      Yes, McCurry gave her quite a bit of financial support. That was one of the reasons they looked for her so diligently.

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      • Dorothy / Jun 23 2017 2:27 pm

        I suppose the next husband took it as a dowry. Women have so few rights in these countries.

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      • leggypeggy / Jun 23 2017 2:38 pm

        I think the money went to her. In the main, McCurry paid extensive medical bills and sent her and the family on the pilgrimage (the Hajj) which was her wish. Her husband died and she has not yet remarried.

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  35. Louise M Oliver / Jun 23 2017 6:31 pm

    Hi Peggy,
    These are magnificent. I’m going to look for a book! Thank you as always! Where are you at the moment?

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 23 2017 6:41 pm

      Thanks Louise. If you can’t find a book, I can loan you one of National Geographic pics with her on the cover.We’re in Charles de Gaulle waiting to board. Am sending you an email

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  36. afterthelasttime / Jun 24 2017 1:27 am

    As usual, terrific photos and writing. The Chiangmai Mai photo is a favorite as it reminds me of an area where I rode atop an elephant over a variety of terrains including through a rubber plantation and up a rain-soaked hill at a steeper than 45 degree angle with the elephant’s legs going knee deep in the mud with each step! It was fun!

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 24 2017 10:54 am

      What a wonderful memory for you. Thanks for sharing it here. I’d seen the Chiang Mai photo many times before, but hadn’t realised it was one of Steve McCurry’s.

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  37. Ted / Jun 24 2017 5:58 am

    Thanks for posting this about McCurry’s work. He has a way to bringing out the “small” parts of a scene and making them important. Sometimes you have to look twice.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 24 2017 10:55 am

      You are most welcome. He has a wonderful eye and knack for capturing a scene. As you say ‘sometimes you have to look twice’.

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  38. The Agape Co. / Jun 24 2017 6:06 am

    Absolutely stunning read so thank you! Please feel free to check out our account and site at https://theagapecompany.wordpress.com/

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  39. jeanleesworld / Jun 24 2017 12:16 pm

    Such amazing photos…it makes me wonder why we can’t keep going with film…thank you for sharing. 🙂 xxxxxxxx

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 24 2017 11:23 pm

      Thanks Jean. You’re right about film. Pity that it’s been lost to digital.

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      • jeanleesworld / Jun 25 2017 8:50 pm

        It’s like the art of patience, which was so intrinsic with photography, as been chucked out the window. I suppose part of that, though, is the desire to preserve all work–one copy of a photo vs. print and online copies of a photo, for instance.

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      • leggypeggy / Jun 26 2017 9:43 pm

        My first (post university) job was at a newspaper and involved photographing the goings-on of a city. I still operate on that premise and try to photograph what intrigues and interests me.

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  40. simpletravelourway / Jun 24 2017 12:50 pm

    What a treat! He elevates photography to a fine art and is really on a level that few have achieved. Inspiring!

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 24 2017 11:24 pm

      Yep, inspiring in the extreme. Aren’t we lucky he pursued photography!

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  41. Arianatravels / Jun 24 2017 11:14 pm

    beautiful photos!

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  42. adventuredawgs / Jun 26 2017 11:20 am

    Those photos are incredible. Thank you for sharing them with us and reminding us of the people who bring us such touching and poignant images.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 26 2017 9:25 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. We felt so blessed to be able to see and share this exhibition.

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  43. spearfruit / Jun 30 2017 8:21 pm

    Amazing photos Peggy. Thank you for sharing these with us.

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  44. Deb / Jun 30 2017 10:50 pm

    WOW! When I saw the photo of the oil fields burning and the camels in the foreground I thought, I wonder what those camels are thinking and wondering, about what’s going on. It hadn’t really occurred to me before as to what do the animals think who are in war zones. Of course the photo of the elephant and his friend teaching him to read or maybe reading him a bedtime story is my favorite…what a sweet pic!! Thanks for sharing all of these Peggy, McCurry has captured amazing life and feelings in these photos.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 30 2017 11:05 pm

      That photo of the camels stopped me in my tracks. Life reels out of control around us. So glad you like the photos here, including the elephant one. 🙂

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      • Deb / Jun 30 2017 11:28 pm

        Exactly. Loved it!! 🙂

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  45. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder / Jul 1 2017 6:38 am

    Incredible shots! Thanks so much for sharing, Peggy…

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  46. eths / Jul 1 2017 1:11 pm

    Thank you!

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  47. The Year I Touched My Toes / Jul 1 2017 5:12 pm

    I would love to see this exhibition thanks for sharing. I am sure it will pop up again and again. Louise

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 1 2017 5:38 pm

      I so hope the exhibit goes travelling. I wonder if I could figure out a way to bring it to Australia?

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  48. tony / Jul 2 2017 3:30 pm

    Great story Peggy! I envy you the exhibition. Steve McCurry is definitely one of the good guys. The portrait of Gulab Sharba is iconic, probably the most famous enduring portrait of a refugee.

    Yet, from memory Steve McCurry was returning from a long tiring day when he chanced upon a group of Afghani refugees and took the famous portrait. The look in Gulab’s eyes is not of distant trauma but annoyance at being photographed. However, the image has probably done more to showcase the plight of refugees than any other photograph in history.

    Taking portraits of refugees, poor people and people in distress is always equivocal. I have several, needless to say lesser, portraits taken in India where the subject was less than happy with the photographer. Sure there are many others where people were happy to have their photo taken. Often my portraiture in India is taken at the moment of other events going down, with general permission and also friends running interference through their activist concerns. But, one always feels that one is taking something from the subject without giving anything in return. Although I’ve tried with dam protesters and tribals in the submergence zone to return their portraits to them laminated at a later date.

    Portraiture in these circumstances is always difficult but squeamishness would end in no photos and no showcasing. I respect people like Steve McCurry immensely because they are showing us the world and reporting war and its consequences in difficult circumstances and actually having sometimes to suppress their natural instincts to get the job done.

    To be a professional portrait photographer of issues even sometimes in benign environments always involves grey areas. If you want to capture portraits of people behaving naturally you can’t avoid intruding on their privacy in greater or lesser ways.

    Regards Tony
    http://breadtagsagas.com/

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 2 2017 3:52 pm

      Thank you, Tony. What a perfect way of putting it ‘probably the most famous enduring portrait of a refugee’ and ‘the image has probably done more to showcase the plight of refugees than any other photograph in history’.

      If I recall McCurry’s spiel accurately, he took the portrait photos that day of young refugees from a makeshift (perhaps illegal) school in the camp. He said Sharbat vaguely remembered being photographed, but had never seen the pic until he showed it to her in 2002. I try to imagine how he was struck by the image after it was first developed.

      Your comments about portraits of refugees, the poor and those in distress are so true, and we are blessed to have professionals like McCurry, who do their jobs with passion and compassion.

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  49. J | Beauty's Expert Amateur / Jul 9 2017 6:18 am

    Great post, I remember seeing that 1985 photo of Sharbat Gula and being instantly taken aback by it – there’s just something in those haunting green eyes that is so arresting and vulnerable at the same time. Great work x

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 9 2017 8:52 am

      Thanks. Yes, it is her eyes that stop us in our tracks.

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  50. Autumn Cote / Jul 12 2017 11:25 pm

    Would it be OK if I cross-posted this article to WriterBeat.com? I’ll be sure to give you complete credit as the author. There is no fee; I’m simply trying to add more content diversity for ou4r community and I enjoyed reading your work. If “OK” please let me know via email.

    Autumn
    AutumnCote@WriterBeat.com

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 13 2017 8:15 am

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. You are most welcome to reblog/cross-post this item to Writer.com. Please credit me and link back to this post. Have sent an email too. Cheers

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  51. milliethom / Jul 14 2017 6:55 pm

    What a wonderful photographer Steve McCurry is and I’m happy you showed us such a great selection of his work. You’re right about many of them being heart-rending, but all of them show his mastery of the art of photography. That first image is so well known and is totally mesmerizing. It was really good to see her as she is today and hear where her life in Afghanistan took her. Thank you for sharing this, Peggy.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 14 2017 8:51 pm

      Thanks Millie. I was so blown-away by McCurry’s photos. The other day someone asked to share this post on her blog and I said yes. Regretting that now as she did not link back to this post. Then imagine having someone on that site complain that ‘there aren’t any white folks in the pics’? I’ll learn.

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  52. potluckycom / Jul 16 2017 8:49 pm

    This is great!!

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  53. Therie / Jul 17 2017 9:10 pm

    Her eyes are piercing. So jealous right now, it must’ve been quite an experience to see such an iconic photo up-close. And I didn’t realize before how many of these stunning photos are McCurry’s work. Thanks for sharing!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 19 2017 6:49 pm

      You are most welcome. Like you, I had not realised that so many of these photos were McCurry’s work. I feel very blessed to have seen them in a collection.

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  54. Afghan Awake Youths / Jul 19 2017 5:01 pm

    these photos are so amazing

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  55. cbirdsongblog / Aug 15 2017 1:49 am

    That was a wonderful read on a very interesting person and their photos. Loved it. Thanks for sharing.

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    • leggypeggy / Aug 15 2017 7:11 pm

      Thank you for stopping by and for commenting.

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  56. lifeofabloggerportfolio / Aug 25 2017 11:43 pm

    hey! i love your photos! followed u, follow back?

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  57. shortstory4all / Sep 5 2017 3:02 am

    Lovely to read…Great!!

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  58. maisamiltaf / Sep 20 2017 5:55 pm

    What an amazing read, enjoyed.

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 20 2017 6:30 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for commenting.

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