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 Volume 1.8 Sharbat Gula, Then and Now April 1, 2002 

Steve McCurry’s Photos of the “Afghan Girl”
1984 and 2002
Sharbat Gula, Then and Now

This double-photo image made the rounds of the Internet last month: the photo on the left, taken in 1984, became famous around the world as the cover picture of the June 1985 issue of National Geographic; on the right, Sharbat Gula the “Afghan Girl” as she looks now in a photo taken in January 2002. The story is told in a National Geographic News article:

She was one of the world’s most famous faces, yet no one knew who she was. Her image appeared on the front of magazines and books, posters, lapel pins, and even rugs, but she didn’t know it. Now, after searching for 17 years, National Geographic has once again found the Afghan girl with the haunting green eyes.

The View from the Core, and all original material, © E. L. Core 2002. All rights reserved.

Cor ad cor loquitur J. H. Newman — “Heart speaks to heart”