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A Doctor's Opinion

A Doctor’s Opinion
Photograph by Steve McCurry

Is Sharbat Gula without question the famous “Afghan girl”? Though she remembers being photographed in the school tent of her refugee camp, and her resemblance to the girl in McCurry’s photo is apparent, the Geographic sought expert opinion. In Pakistan, ophthalmologist Mustafa Iqbal examined Sharbat, with her husband at her side. Iqbal felt “100 percent certain” that her iris patterns and eye freckles matched those in McCurry’s photo. A scar on the right side of her nose was another distinguishing mark.



Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Ektachrome
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Overcast
Time of Day: Mid-morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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