Steve McCurry's

Afghan Girl

June 1985: The image of a young Afghan woman with intense green eyes in a red headscarf makes the cover of the National Geographic Magazine. The portrait was taken in 1984 by the amazing photojournalist and visual storyteller Steve McCurry. Compared with Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting of Mona Lisa, the portrait has been called “the First World’s Third World Mona Lisa” and it became a symbol of refugee girl / woman in a distant camp.

January 2002: A National Geographic team traveled to Afghanistan, in a new attempt to locate the young woman who had become the most recognized photo in the history of National Geographic. Steve McCurry found out that the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in Pakistan