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Faces of Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

A landscape might be denuded, a human settlement abandoned or lost, but always, just beneath the ground lies history of preposterous grandeur. They are everywhere, these individuals of undaunted humankind, irrepressibly optimistic and proud.
The Carpet Wars, Christopher Kremmer

Nuristan, Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan
Pol-e-Khomri, Afghanistan

Yet even at their most turbulent, the Afghans have tended to impress travellers with their dignity and hospitality
as much as their fierce independence.
– William Dalrymple,  author of
Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839–42

Baghlan, Afghanistan
Parwan, Afghanistan
Pol-e-Khomri, Afghanistan
Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, you don’t understand yourself
solely as an individual.
You understand yourself as a son, a brother, a
cousin to somebody, an uncle to somebody.
You are part of something bigger than yourself.
– Khaled Hosseini

Jalalabad, Afghanistan
Bamiyan, Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan
Pol-e-Khomri, Afghanistan
Bamiyan, Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan
Bamiyan, Afghanistan
Afghanistan
Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan

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my new exhibition at Polka Galerie
in Paris

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By Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

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23 replies on “Faces of Afghanistan”

Steve McCurry the finest humanitarian photographer ever. Your work is flawless and makes you feel each images to your core a gift like no one else. I dream to see one of your exhibs live some day. Thanks for sharing your world with us

These are brilliant photographs, and also one of the saddest things I have seen recently. Here are these beautiful people who mean nobody any harm, and they have to live in a country torn by warring factions, invading armies, and suppressed by an overbearing religion. Most of them would be desperately poor, many of them were dirty, but all of them had a spark of hope and humanity. Well done in capturing all that.

Beautiful blog. Different shades of eyes…which are full of hope n life…love and respect for your work as always…🙏⚘

Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
We ALL are one!! … “In Afghanistan, you don’t understand yourself
solely as an individual. You understand yourself as a son, a brother, a
cousin to somebody, an uncle to somebody. You are part of something bigger than yourself. – Khaled Hosseini … “

As usual …a wonderful group of images. Getting around the gallery seemed like I had been over-served at the wine bar. Especially the image of the Taj ! I hope I will not have a virtual Paris hangover.

Genial como siempre. Gran maestro de la fotografia. Sus retratos són tan próximos y sinceros que hacen estremecer al observador. Me ha sorprendido la gran diversidad física de los afganesos. ¡Grácias señor McCurry!

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