Afghan Girl With Green Eyes

Afghan Girl with Green Eyes

The photo of the Afghan girl with green eyes by Steve McCurry first appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine in 1985. Seventeen years later McCurry returned to Afghanistan and succeeded in locating the woman he had photographed so memorably as a girl. She remembered being angry at being photographed by McCurry for the first time in her life. But she allowed him to photograph her again. The two photos are linked below.

The rest of the photographs on this Hub are my own. Since I was my high school yearbook photographer portrait photography has interested me. I suppose it's impudent of me to invite comparison of my portraits with the Afghan Girl which may well be the most popular photographic portrait of all time. Oh well!

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Afghan Girl with Green Eyes photo by Steve McCurry

Sharbat Gula
Sharbat Gula

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51 comments

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jimmythejock 9 years ago from Scotland

there was a documentary about his picture on uk tv recently Ralph,the Photographer went back to look for herĀ  10 years after taking the picture it took him nearly a year to find her.....jimmy


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Ralph Deeds 9 years ago Author

Thanks. I missed the documentary. Did they get married and live happily ever after? Just kidding. An arresting photo of a beautiful girl.


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gredmondson 9 years ago from San Francisco, California

I saw the follow up photo done years later. She didn't want her photo taken again and had to be persuaded. I thing that this photo is so arresting that people remember it.


Steve 8 years ago

Nice photo...would make a great poster.


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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

Yes, it would. I just ordered one.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

She did get married and had 4 children however 1 died , thank you for the follow up story on her and the before and after photos, it is sad that people have to suffer and you can tell by her face that she is very hardened. Her eyes are piercing and then you come to the U.S. photos, they eyes are softened, calm and happy. Great photos Ralph and thank you for the story as well. :)


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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

AE, thx for the comment. I took the pictures at the Beach Grill at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The girl with blue eyes and the African American girl were hosetesses. The others were waiting in line for tables adjacent to where we were sittiing.


Writer Rider 7 years ago

I remember seeing that photo when it first came out. I thought, how haunting, those are one of the most beautiful pair of eyes I've seen.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

You are a wonderful photographer and are an inspiration for many to pull out those cameras and just start clicking.:) The young afghan girls eyes are haunting and mystical it is so sad that her life has been so hard. :(


blackjack2009 7 years ago

on youtube there is a black baby with blue eyes. he's not mixed raced, just african american. he's got that striking look about him like the girl in your picture. you should check it out.


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RVilleneuve 7 years ago from Michigan

I saw the documentary. I was astonishing how the woman had aged. She was young by western standards, but looked to be middle-aged from years of struggles.


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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

My reaction was the same. Life is hard in Afghanistan.


DILARA 7 years ago

she has a name people look it but but just in case i have done the work for you's this is Her story NOw she dose not live in USA never did the girl up top is some one els and not her look at the nose it not even the same.. ead on...

Her name is Sharbat Gula. She's the married mother of three girls and living in a remote ethnic Pushtun region of Afghanistan with her family. National Geographic is keeping her exact location secret to protect her privacy. McCurry says he will be helping Gula provide an education for her children and to fulfill her dream of making a pilgrimage to Mecca next year. Even after all these years, the photographer still fawns over his most famous subject. Gula's eyes have retained all their fire and intensity, he says. She has aged, "but I think she's still quite beautiful despite all the hardship that people have to endure there."


Dilara 7 years ago

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Sharbat Gula as seen in 1984 (L) and 2002 (R). The original photo appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic. Left photo © Steve McCurry. Right photo Steve McCurry © National Geographic Society.The story of McCurry's search for Gula will be featured in the April issue of National Geographic and is the subject of a National Geographic EXPLORER documentary on MSNBC Friday at 9 p.m. ET.PLEASE DONT BELIVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE FIND OUT THE TRUTH FOR YOUR SELF NOT THIS SHE LOOKS KINDER AND LIVES IN AMERICA THINGS... THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.


dilara 7 years ago

GO TO WEB PAGE TO SEE WHAT SHE LOOKS NOW. REALLY WHAT SHE LOOKS LIKE. AND DONT BE STOCKED SHE MIGHT BE THIRTY BUT WITH WHAT SHE PUTS UP WITH IN LIFE YOU CAN UNDERSTAND.

http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/2002/...


dilara 7 years ago


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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

Thank you very much for the information about Sharbat Gula. Steve McCurry's photo is one of the most admired of all time. Unforgettable. I wish her well.


arc.angel 7 years ago

When I first saw the young green eyed girl It held my attention for no less than ten min. I was was filled with emotions I can not even begin to discribe. Sadness, fear, pain, a over welming desire to reach out and take some of the pain away to being held back by some strange fear. To this day the picture does the same thing, I can not explain it any better. Michael Swinfard


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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

Thanks for your comment. It's an arresting photo.


Tenzin Tsering 6 years ago

I am the Nepal map birthmark man.This Nepal country is tehre exactly in another planet.Better than the green eyed Afghan noorie,I never lie.I am a Tibetan person;reincarnation of King Mahendra of Nepal.I am an alien in form of human.


tenzin tsering 6 years ago

Nepal UN send me enough money to buy me a house.For my deeds and my birthmark photos and later on video camera


tenzin tsering 6 years ago

not even Gandalf of the lord of the rings wear full white 3 dogs sleeping that I was doing during the Princess Sharada wala board meeting in SOS Itahari.Sun stands for this,moon stands for long live of the Ranas.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Not sure that I get your drift, but thanks for your comments.


Kelly 6 years ago

This Guy has the same eyes. Amazing.


Rashid 6 years ago

"Sharbat Gula" what a beautiful name she has. It means rose nector.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Thanks. I didn't know that.


Mina 6 years ago

Ihre Augen sind erstaunlich...


Anonymous 6 years ago

I'de tap that


tenzin tsering 6 years ago

this is the nepal map birthmark man,i want to marry that green eyed afghan noorie and my lawyer should be richard gere hollywood actor


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Please invite me to the wedding!


tenzin tsering 6 years ago

google-special coffins for tibetan persons in usa


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Is this the reference?

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/tcdengkhim.htm

Tibet's story is a sad one.


tenzin tsering 5 years ago

not even gandalf of the lord of the rings wear full white 3 dogs sleeping,that i was doing during the princess sharada wala boardmeeting in sos itahari,nepal


tenzin tsering 5 years ago

I will love and comfort that woman in Ramaih marriage hall seen by that Green eyed Afghan noorie...My lawyer guardian Yahne Miorioni will act as the lawyer...It will be like a fairy tail like prince Williams and Kate Middletone marriage in London...


tenzin tsering 5 years ago

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This Dr. B.R. Ambedkar used to shave the head of Bapu Gandhi too

which is now alike our Prime Minister of Tibet in Exile Samdhong Rinpoche does

Now this is the good name that I have earned

google-dr. b.r. ambedkar and Tenzin Tsering

His website advertised my this his human life gift blessing on his front page...

Then God help us...


tenzin tsering 5 years ago

There is still a strong asaar of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's kattar Buddhist speech in Nasik Yeola,India...

Back there in India,us Tibetan minorities are untouchables...

I am doing a constructive education work over the internet/computer,the planet Earth's best technology...

if it is a bad alien,we should terminate with net...


tenzin tsering 5 years ago

google-www.newhorizonindia.edu

newhorizon college is the best college in the world...

software city of India,Bangalore...


tenzin tsering 5 years ago

google-bailey's shelter


tenzin tsering 5 years ago

I am a Tibetan minority untouchable...reincarnation of King Mahendra of Nepal...the best King,my name is there on the Britannia Encyclopedia...I established UN in Nepal in my previous life...

kwan,kwan,kwan,my dinosaorous will come to eat these my killers...

I am a Tibetan American...

this is a war against terrorism...


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google-is johannes@schindler.li from switzerland


Samim 4 years ago

wow, may i know where does sharbat gula lives now ?

anybody, who can help me plz! :)


Manzoor Ahmad 4 years ago

she has world's best eyes, I heard that if she look once to a cancer patient her eyes could erase the sickness, It it true?


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Thanks for your comment. She does have incredibly beautiful eyes, but I doubt they could cure cancer.


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jeanihess 4 years ago from Cape Town South Africa

Lovely. I enjoyed this:)


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Thanks.


thato 4 years ago

I am a beiutiful bou


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nenytridiana 4 years ago from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia

You have done a great work there. Vote Up! Worthy to share with my friend.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Wonderful photos, especially the children. They are just too cute. Your photos capture their spirits and you want to reach out and give them a hug. Wonderful work here. Congratulations on your talent!


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Thanks for your kind comment.


rhiannon 4 years ago

@ AEvans

I agree. I love seeing the contrast between the seeming turmoil in her eyes in the first photograph, and the more calm intense emotion in the second.

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