The disturbing true story of the Afghan Woman photograph


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There may be one main correction to the video: I now imagine Sharbat was not carrying a burqa when McCurry entered the varsity of their 1984 photoshoot. McCurry’s workforce has confirmed this. A burqa would have been masking each her eyes and face; Sharbat made an effort to cowl her face however was not on the time carrying a veil that might have coated her eyes. My supply indicated that she eliminated her burqa at McCurry’s request, however the supply was referring to the 2002 photoshoot, not the 1984 photoshoot. I sincerely remorse the error and recognize McCurry’s workforce for bringing it to my consideration.

To make clear, Sharbat coated her face together with her scarf to guard it from McCurry’s view. As an grownup wanting again on the photoshoot, she expressed feeling offended on the time as a result of she was confronted by an odd man and being scared and unhappy at studying that the {photograph} had been printed. That every one stands – the one half I’m correcting is that she was not carrying a veil to cowl her eyes.

Close to the top of the video, I attempt to inform Sharbat’s story and I say that her mom was killed in a bombing in Afghanistan. That’s how McCurry tells the story, however in line with Sharbat, her mom died of appendicitis. I’m sorry for the error, and on your losses, Sharbat.

I additionally point out that Sharbat ran away from the photoshoot out of worry. My recollection of her being afraid was primarily based on the caption on the duvet of Nationwide Geographic. Nevertheless, Sharbat’s grownup recollection of her emotions within the second was that she was offended, not afraid.


Steve McCurry’s Afghan Woman (printed in Nationwide Geographic) is likely one of the most well-known images of all time. I had deliberate to make a tribute video celebrating the affect of the photograph, however as I researched it, I got here throughout new interviews with Sharbat Gula from the previous 2 years. These interviews revealed the opposite aspect of the story, and that aspect was actually disturbing.


2/25/2019: We attain out to Nationwide Geographic and Steve McCurry’s workforce for enter.

2/27/2019: Neither NatGeo nor McCurry reply to our messages, so we file and publish this video with out their suggestions.

3/4/2019: Bonnie McCurry (Steve’s sister and president of McCurry Studios) reaches out indicating that she feels there are factual errors within the video. Nevertheless, she doesn’t present any particular info. We instantly make the video personal to offer McCurry’s workforce the chance to create an in depth listing in order that we are able to replace the video and make it as correct as potential.

3/7/2019: Bonnie gives an inventory of three gadgets she feels are incorrect within the video.

3/8/2019: You’ll be able to see us handle these issues at this follow-up video at We additionally made this video public as soon as once more, in its authentic kind (together with errors), for full transparency.


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