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A Treasured Family

A Treasured Family
Photograph by Steve McCurry

The focus of Sharbat Gula’s life is her husband, Rahmat Gul, and their daughters. She remembers her wedding day, when she was perhaps 16, as a happy one—possibly, her older brother told the Geographic team, the only happy day of her life. She became an orphan and refugee of war at about age six. Soviet bombing killed her parents, and her grandmother led her and her brother and sisters on foot, in winter, to Pakistan, where they lived in various camps. Here Sharbat holds Zahida, age 3, and her husband holds one-year-old Alia. Their oldest, Robina, is 13. A fourth daughter died in infancy. Sharbat says she hopes that her girls will get the education she was never able to complete.



Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Ektachrome
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/15 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Overcast
Time of Day: Mid-morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural Light


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