Steve McCurry, Known For His Portrait Of The “Afghan Girl,” Has A New Book About Animals

Steve McCurry’s Photos Show The Complex Relationship Between Humans And Animals, CNN, 8 November 2019

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A boy rests against a cow in Kathmandu, Nepal, 2013. Credit: © 2019 Steve McCurry, Long Island City, NY

A Mahout and his elephant at a sanctuary. Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2010. Credit: © 2019 Steve McCurry, Long Island City, NY

… McCurry hopes, too, that his images will inspire a greater respect for animals, and a desire to address the dire predictions of mass extinction caused by human activity.

“This is an unimaginable catastrophe, but one that is sadly coming to fruition. We are losing species every year; wildlife is being decimated to the point where in a few years some species will cease to exist in their natural habitats.”

Below is Sharbat Gula, the Afghan Girl, at Nasir Bagh refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan. By Steve McCurry, December 1984.

This photograph was the cover of The National Geographic magazine the following year.

2 thoughts on “Steve McCurry, Known For His Portrait Of The “Afghan Girl,” Has A New Book About Animals

  1. mboydp

    I remember how stunned I was by that girl’s beauty, and then saw her photo ~20-25 years later and she looked like a decrepit old woman. Life is hard….I suspect his book on animals would make me cry. Re the environment, just saw an article yesterday about how sea levels will continue to rise for centuries *even if* we manage to halt temperature rise in time.


    1. Bix Post author

      I remember The Afghan Girl. I got may hands on that National Geographic issue and had it sitting around for years. Stunning is a good word.

      Some photographers, when they show their work, reveal what’s going on inside them. Imagine how they must see the world? I bet each of us sees the world, the same scene even, differently.



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