Afghanistan is a country overwhelmed by tribal rivalries, colonial wars, andgeo-political conflict. The Afghans have always called their mountains “the land ofrebellion.”
Yet born of such chaos, such entrenched conflict, are these most breathtaking andbeautiful of images. The distinguished American photographer Steve McCurry hastraveled to Afghanistan regularly for more than 40 years: he is one of the mostaccomplished photographers to work in the region.
His famous 1984 portrait Afghan Girl—sad and haunting, but at the same timeevoking remarkable grace and dignity—published on the covers of magazines aroundthe world is certainly his single most striking portrait. In common with so much ofMcCurry’s work, it has a timeless, painterly quality—entirely at odds with thebattle-torn backdrop of the region in which it was taken.
Steve McCurry has always been subjected to the same dangers that are an inevitablepart of life “on the road” for photographers. He has often ventured behind the lines,usually at great risk; his first assignment in Afghanistan in 1979 involved himdressing in Afghan robes in order to be smuggled across the border from Pakistan.That journey, into the treacherous, unpredictable landscape—territory controlled atvarious times by the Mujahideen, the Russians, and the Taliban—was one thatMcCurry would make many times. Many other photographers would follow in hisfootsteps, but none would return with such a flawless body of work.
Steve McCurry was born in Philadelphia, PA, and has been one of the most iconicvoices in contemporary photography for more than forty years, with scores of magazineand book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to hisname. After numerous travels throughout India, the Middle East and Afghanistan, hefounded ImagineAsia in 2004, with the mission to help provide educational resourcesand opportunities to children and young adults in Afghanistan.
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