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that national geographic girl, 20 years later

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by deep, Mar 14, 2002.

  1. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    father time is a vicious mutherfucker


    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seventeen years ago, an Afghan girl orphaned and living in a refugee camp appeared on the cover of National Geographic, her eyes big and green, a red scarf draped loosely over her hair.

    Now, the magazine says it has tracked down the subject of that famous photo, a wife and mother living in a remote part of Afghanistan, and will once again feature her in its April issue focusing on the plight of refugees.

    The girl, whose parents had been killed by bombing during the Soviet war in Afghanistan, was photographed in 1984 at the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in Pakistan by Steve McCurry.

    She was believed to be about 13 at the time, said Geographic spokeswoman Ellen Siskind, which would make her 29 or 30 now.

    Sharbat Gula married shortly after the 1984 picture was taken and has had four girls, one of whom died as an infant. A Pashtun, she had never seen her famous photo, the magazine said.

    The original photograph also was on the cover of a best-selling special edition that National Geographic published last fall of its 100 best photographs over the years.
  2. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member

    The Original photograph is spectacular....
    it has been re-used numerous times, on the cover of National Geographic.

    I think this is pretty cool.

  3. Temper Tantrum

    Temper Tantrum TRIBE Member

    That's very cool. Like Mel said, the original photo is stunning, and this follow up is very interesting. National Geographic still has the best photos ever...

  4. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member

    Yes, they do.

    I love their photography issues. I could stare at them forever....
  5. madnezz

    madnezz TRIBE Member

    wow- that's amazing!

  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    D-uh...I would to........
  7. Evil Dynovac

    Evil Dynovac TRIBE Member

    29 or 30!

    Dazam that is some rough living! She was a goddess in her early shot but now she looks over 40!

    Living rough in the world's missile testing site will do that I guess.

  8. Cheap Ego

    Cheap Ego TRIBE Member

    NG have milked that photo to death.

    Now that they've finally tracked her down maybe they'll consider giving her a big shiny quarter for it.
  9. OTIS

    OTIS TRIBE Member

    MY LORD! She was 13 in the first photo? She looks like she's 25..
    no wonder she looks really aged now.
  10. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    evidently national geographic paid for her to go to mecca
  11. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Well it's something every Muslim must do in his/her lifetime. That was nice of them. However, I'm sure this photo garnered NG enough money to have been able to give her and her family more than that. What you would give someone whose life is composed entirely of oppression, I don't know. A house that could serve as a military target?

    Now she's just a head
  12. Cheap Ego

    Cheap Ego TRIBE Member

    well that's not bad..

    But seeing as her face represents one of our times' most recognized photographs (also used as a marketing tool), it doesn't seem like enough.

    But you're also right in the fact that you can't give the girl a Benz and a mansion.
    I guess it's just the extent to which NG uses this photograph for their own means bothers me.
  13. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member

    I know it doesn't count as compensation, but I've always viewed the people of NG as compassionate, and out to educate. I think they used her photograph with a great deal of respect. And I don't think they exploited her.

  14. Plato

    Plato TRIBE Member

    even the life & vibrancy has deminished from her eyes

    that should prove to be an interesting issue indeed.

  15. tea_green

    tea_green TRIBE Member

    another one

    this reminded me of another set of pictures..

    the first one is a very famous photo taken during the vietnam war. the US dropped napalm onto a village and the girl in the centre, Kim Phuc, runs with other children away from the destruction. Her skin is burning from the chemicals..

    and the second is Phuc in 1996 with one of her 2 children.. she is canadian now.

  16. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member

    Kim Phuc....


    Kimis actually a motivational public speaker now....she gives speaches on surviving and being strong of spirit. I've seen her speak, her story is touching. I've actually met her and she is surprisingly soft spoken and very kind, for someone who has had to be so tough.

    This is the flipside, sometimes the human being is not the worst animal ever created, he is the most magnificent....

  17. LivingRoomPornstar

    LivingRoomPornstar TRIBE Member

    Re: Kim Phuc....

    millions of speaches, speaches for me
    millions of speaches,
    speaches for free!

  18. kodos

    kodos TRIBE Member

    it is perhaps naive to implicitly trust an organization such as NG just based on the impression they make, but hey, i do... i would be fairly certain that monies earned by the NG organization are put to good use, with a reasonable portion simply accumulating in various peoples banking accounts... but unless someone tells me otherwise, i'm not going to imagine some rich media tycoon on top raking in the dough and mindlessly using the peoples of the world for profit in a rather american fashion... 'sides if they really wanted the big bucks they'd have ads all over the place! but no, its educational therefore you won't find any past those first few pages. thats why i subscribe... interesting content, extremely low ad content, wicked customer service [miss an issue and they'll fill you in, no probs]... so, i won't pretend to have thoroughly investigated the organization but they seem genuinely interested in science, exploration, and education.

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