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US photography – Update Update – June 15, 2016


The Power of Photography
Apollo 8 stunning pic - pic
Apollo 8 stunning pic – pic

National   Geographic published in a story by Robert Draper entitled ‘The Power of Photography’ in 2013 from which we extracted the following paragraph: “Of course, every professional photographer hopes for The Epic Shot, the once-in-a-lifetime collision of opportunity and skill that gains a photograph instant entry into the pantheon alongside

Joe Rosenthal’s Iwo Jima

Iwo Jima in 1945 - pic Joe Rosenthal
Iwo Jima in 1945 – pic Joe Rosenthal

[During WW II, the Japanese built underground tunnel and bunker systems in and on Mount Suribachi which is on a Japanese island. In 1945. US Marines invaded the island], Bob Jackson’s encounter with Jack Ruby gunning down Lee Harvey Oswald [in 1963], and the Apollo 8 [1968] astronauts’ color depictions of planet Earth in its beaming entirety.

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Sharbat Gula - pic Steve McCurry
Sharbat Gula – pic Steve McCurry

And yet, game-changing photographs are not what National   Geographic photographers do. The most iconic photograph ever to grace these pages is not of anyone or anything historic. Rather, it’s of Sharbat Gula, an Afghan girl of maybe 12 when photographer Steve McCurry encountered her in 1984 at a refugee camp in Pakistan. What her intense, sea-green eyes told the world from the cover of National Geographic’s June 1985 issue a thousand diplomats and relief workers could not. The Afghan girl’s stare drilled into our collective subconscious and stopped a heedless Western world dead in its tracks. Here was the snare of truth. We knew her instantly, and we could no longer avoid caring.

Steve McCurry - pic Bruno Barbey
Steve McCurry – pic Bruno Barbey

McCurry shot his immortal portrait well before the proliferation of the Internet and the invention of the smartphone. In a world seemingly benumbed by a daily avalanche of images, could those eyes still cut through the clutter and tell us something urgent about ourselves and about the imperiled beauty of the world we inhabit? I think the question answers itself.”

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US photography – Stories

amfarmer_cvrPhotographer Paul Mobley set out on a rural adventure to put faces to the men and women who help nourish the US. Read:

1 The men and women who nourish the US, photographed Stories 2014.07.03


ridley_howard_and_holly_coulis_brooklyn_new_yorkFacebook – and all of social media  – is all about connecting and reconnecting with friends. Or at least we like to think that it is. Read:

2 Man and woman visit and photograph all Facebook friends Stories 2014.04.05


Vivian Maier self portrait - pic by vivianmaier.comMerely for leisure, Vivian Maier took consistently photos over the course of five decades, shot in Chicago and New York City. Read:

3 Street photographer Vivian Maier Stories 2016.01.11

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Update Continues

Afghan Girl is a 1984 photographic portrait by journalist Steve McCurry which appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic. The image is of a young woman with green eyes in a red headscarf looking intensely at the camera. It has been likened to Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Mona Lisa and has been called “the First World’s Third World Mona Lisa“. The image became “emblematic” of “refugee girl/woman located in some distant camp” deserving of the compassion of the Western viewer.

The photo was shot in a refugee camp in Pakistan during the time of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

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