Although her name was not known at the time, her picture, titled "Afghan Girl", appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic. The image itself was named "the most recognized photograph" in the history of the magazine. Her photograph was taken by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. McCurry, rarely given the opportunity to photograph Afghan women, seized the opportunity and captured her image. The image of her face, with a red scarf draped loosely over her head and with her piercing sea-green eyes staring directly into the camera, became a symbol both of the 1980s Afghan conflict and of the refugee situation worldwide. (Wikipedia)
To make this mosaic I expanded a ten-color palette (black, grey, green, yellow, white, tan, red, blue, dark blue, dark red) by covering each with one of four transparent plates (clear, red, green, yellow) to generate a 28-color palette. (Mathematically I should have had 4x10 = 40 distinct colors… but some were too close to identify as potentially different shades.) Afghan Girl is my second mosaic using this expanded palette technique.
WOW, I know the picture, I have that edition on the national geographic just because of the photo, althoug I'm from 1988. It really hits you in the face and your recreation also has that breath and words taking factor. You can see the fear, but also the hope in her eye's. Really capture's your look. Well done!
I like it
December 10, 2009
Awesome, this is gonna sound weird but i just heard about this n im learning about it in school o_O
What a FANTASTIC choice of subjects, Arthur! I remember seeing the original edition with the cover and being awe struck by the image, as so many others apparently were. I also recall having seen the same woman photographed again several years later...still with the same piercing eyes. BEAUTIFUL rendition of this historical photograph!
Instantly recognizable and very accurate to the source picture. This is fantastic, Arthur! You know, they tracked her down a couple years ago and did another picture for the cover. Her eyes are still just as intense as the first picture. I'm blown away by this!