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Green-eyed 'Afghan Girl' star of Steve McCurry photography exhibition in Paris

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'Afghan Girl' is one of more than 150 photos featured at the Steve McCurry exhibition at Maillol museum in Paris
'Afghan Girl' is one of more than 150 photos featured at the Steve McCurry exhibition at Maillol museum in Paris   -   Copyright  AFP
By Theo Farrant  & AFP

We are bombarded with affecting images of world events all the time, but few have had the same kind of influence of Steve McCurry's 'Afghan girl'.

Taken in 1984, the photo later featured on a world-famous cover of National Geographic magazine.

The photograph of Sharbat Gula, a young Afghan refugee with piercing green eyes has become one of the most distinctive in photographic history.

This image and more than 150 others from McCurry are now on display at Paris' Musée Maillol.

'The World of Steve McCurry' documents a the world's largest retrospective on his groundbreaking works spanning multiple continents and decades.

Steve McCurry's images encapsulate a complex universe of experiences and emotions

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The 'Afghan Girl' portrait appeared on the June 1985 cover of National GeographicAFP

Composed of iconic photographs and new unpublished works, McCurry’s images are known for their humanity, dignity, compassion, elegance, and proportion.

The exhibition, designed by Biba Giacchetti, takes us on a long journey from Afghanistan to Southeast Asia and from Africa to Latin America.

This vast and fascinating body of work always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of the 'Afghan Girl' so powerful.

The exhibition will be open until May 29th 2022.

Check out the video above for a glimpse at the new exhibition.