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Friday, January 15, 2010

Steve McCurry - photographs of India

I have recently came across Steve McCurry's work and I must say this guy is my Photography God. He has an amazing collection of photographs from India over a time period of 20 plus years.

I don't know if I am violating any laws by grabbing his images and displaying it here but I cannot resist from showcasing it here. Each of his photographs speak a wide variety of things. It's amazing how you can capture life in such little things to the minutest details.

Steve - I'm sorry if it offends you since I took these pics from your website without permission but please consider this as an advertisement of your work.

Hats off - you inspire me to take up photography which I'll for sure do. Thanks!

Afgan Girl (Sharbat Gula)

Many of us remember this photograph from the first Afgan invasion by USA. This was a very very famous pic from that period. It was the iconic representation of the afgan people during their troubled times and still continues to be.

I saw the same potrait at a Afgani restaurant (Maiwand Kabob - they have some amazing kababs) this afternoon and it kept haunting me. I remembered reading about it in the news papers sometime. I also remembered that the photographer tried to trace her for a few years (2 as I remembered) after the initial picture and finally succeeded.

The curiosity led me to dig deep and to my surprise the whole thing turned out to be no less fascinating than a Hollywood film. It actually took him (Steve McCurry i.e. the photographer) almost 17 years to trace this girl. She was 12 years old when she was photographed then and now she is 37.

All this while, she was unaware of her picture's popularity which is amazing to me. I mean, that's life at it's best. It hits you with a bundle of surprises. She is a house wife one day and the next day she is the most wanted person from a famous photograph. Awesome!

Image source : Steve McConnor's website ( Sorry Steve, I am only trying to retell your story here. No Offense!

Highlights :

* In recognition of her, National Geographic set up the Afghan Girls Fund, a charitable organization with the goal of educating Afghan girls and young women.
* The image itself was named "the most recognized photograph" in the history of the National Geographic magazine.
* She was unaware of her picture's popularity all those 17 years.

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