Steve McCurry (b. 1950) is an American editorial photographer responsible for some of the most iconic cultural journalism of our time. He achieved world renown with his 1984 photograph Afghan Girl, a striking depiction of a young refugee with mesmerizing green eyes. The image first appeared on the June 1985 issue of National Geographic, along with many other photographs that McCurry shot while on assignment in Afghanistan. The phoographer was able to covertly enter the country by disguising himself as a local, arriving immediately before the Soviet Union invasion to document the ensuing chaos and displacement. He was eventually able to travel back to Packistan with film sewn into his clothing, thereby avoiding its confiscation. Born in Darby, PA, McCurry studied theater at Penn State University, where he worked on its collegiate newspaper as a staff photographer. Traveling all over the world on assignement, McCurry has covered armed conflicts including the Iran-Iraq War, the Gulf War, and the Afghan Civil War. In recent years, McCurry has continued his journalistic investigations of the less fortunate in areas clsoer to his home, photographic abused domestic workers in the United States.
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