Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Steve McCurry, the National Geographic photographer who took the photo, Afghan Girl, in 1985. He found her again and learned her continuing story as a young girl and now young woman living life as a refugee and lifelong survivor of war dating back to the Russian invasion.
Recognized universally as one of today's finest image-makers, McCurry has won many of photography's top awards. Best known for his evocative color photography, McCurry, in the finest documentary tradition, captures the essence of human struggle and joy. A member of Magnum Photos since 1986, McCurry has searched and found the unforgettable; many of his images have become modern icons. Born in Philadelphia, McCurry graduated cum laude from the College of Arts and Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University. After working at a newspaper for two years, he left for India to freelance. It was in India that McCurry learned to watch and wait on life. "If you wait," he realized, "people will forget your camera and the soul will drift up into view."