The Story of an Afghan Girl and Boy


On the left is a photo of young Sharbat Gula a.k.a “The Afghan Girl”, often touted as one of the best photographs of 20th century, taken by the very famous Steve McCurry. On the right, a photo of little Murtaza Ahmadi, The Afghan Boy, taken by his elder brother in his mobile phone. But what the boy and the girl tell, albeit through very contrasting photographer‘s eyes, is the story of the modern day Afghanistan. Murtaza’s father could not afford to buy his son a jersey so he got Murtaza’s brothers to make one out of a plastic cover and Sharbat Gula didn’t even know how famous she was across the world.

Shows how the power of photographs haven’t diminished in the digital age.


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