Girl in a green headscarf, Peshawar, Pakistan, 2002. Every photograph is an allegory. As soon as we have grasped the contents of an image our minds start to envisage a life before and after this decisive moment. Portraiture is especially responsive to the imaginary narratives we may weave around a picture. Each face is unique; we have never seen it before and we will never see it again. It is this newness of a portrait that compels us to construct stories. Yet, in doing so we often reach for the familiar. This young child had fled the civil war in Afghanistan and was living in Pakistan when McCurry took this picture. The delicate emerald shawl, her rich blue eyes and serene gaze all evoke a deep sense of the religious. - In the Shadow of the Mountains
IG: This young ten-year old Afghan refugee girl living in Peshawar, Pakistan, had never seen her homeland of Afghanistan when I took this portrait. 02/15/2017
Peshawar, Pakistan, 2002 -Portraits
Phaidon, Iconic Images, final book_iconic, page 223.
A ten-year old Afghan refugee girl living in Peshawar, Pakistan, has never seen her homeland.
Girl with Green Shawl, Peshawar, Pakistan, 2002 (Looking East, 102)