“Afghanistan is possibly the most beautiful country in the world”. Those are the words of Steve McCurry, the renowned and respected photojournalist best known for his picture of ‘Afghan Girl’ – the famous green-eyed refugee whose image graced the covers of magazines and newspapers all over the world. After crossing the border from Pakistan over 30 years ago, McCurry brought the world the first images of the conflict in Afghanistan. Now, in a culmination of his past three decades’ work, he is showcasing some of the images he feels best represents all sides of Afghanistan; not just the war, but the beauty, the people and the culture.

In this short video, Steve McCurry recounts his experiences in this mysterious and unexplored nation, and shows us some of his best photos from Afghanistan.

Mazar e Sharif, 1992

Man in Bamiyan Mosque, 2006

 Horse and two towers at Band e Amir, 2002

 Mujahideen stand atop mountain in the Hindu Kush, 1984

Afghan refugee, 1981

A young boy stands with his firearm, 1979


A farmer walks through fields, 2006

Camel caravan, 1980

Young men train for war, 1984

Man with cloudy beard, 1992

Salat at Blue Mosque in Mazar e Sharif, 1992

Shiite Muslims during Ashura, 2002

Woman in canary burqa. 2002

Kuchi Nomads at prayer, 1992

Rebuilding a kiln at Kandahar, 1992

Father and son in Helmand Province, 1980

The road to Jalalabad, 1992

Children work in opium fields in Badakhshan, 1992

Father and daughter at home in Nuristan, 1992

Listen to Steve tell us more about his amazing photographs:

All images © Steve McCurry/ Magnum Photos. You can visit the image gallery in London until June 7 2014 at Beetles & Huxley, 3-5 Swallow St, London, W1B 4DE.

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