“Afghan Girl”, Tragedy of a Whole Country in One Photograph

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“Afghan Girl”, by Steve McCurry

Once I’ve read the article “To Veil the Threat of Terror” by Dana L. Cloud, the “Afghan Girl” photograph by┬áSteve McCurry has immediately come to my mind. This portrait, taken in 1984 and published on the cover of National Geographic magazine in June 1985 , became a worldwide icon that conveys the Afghan tragedy and, in particular, the endless sorrow of Afghan women, which has been utilized to wage the U.S. war on terrorism.

The fascinating story behind the photograph and how this Afghani girl was found and interviewed after 17 years, penned by Cathy Newman and published in National Geographic magazine in April 2002, is available on the following link:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2002/04/afghan-girl/index-text

Enjoy it!

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Photographs by Steve McCurry

Photos Everyday

When Apple has launched its iPhones, it also has introduced a new trend in photography. While promoting iPhones, it has been transforming the concept of occasional photography using heavy professional cameras into an everyday one using those handy iPhones.
As a result, photos are taken everyday. Many iPhone applications are developed continually to enable the “consumers” to edit and share these daily photos easily, and “Instagram” is a perfect example.

This video illustrates how Apple has utilized the visual rhetoric, in its advertisements and marketing campaigns, to introduce to the public new concepts and needs , which can be fulfilled by Apple commodities.

My Homeland

“Mawtini” or “My Homeland” is a national artifact made by one of the Bahraini opposition committees, Al-Wefaq Society, to show the world their real vision and to celebrate the Arab identity.

In my perspective, this video clip perfectly embodies the usage of visual rhetoric in confronting injustice.

In this artifact, Al-Wefaq Society has employed many national symbols, who have been suffering from oppression and discrimination during the recent peaceful revolution,to gain the local and global support and sympathy.

A famous old man who has been behind bars many times only because of participating in the peaceful demonstrations, a little kid who lost one of his eyes by the police birdshots, a neurology consultant who has been dismissed from his job as a doctor, and a young poet who is former prisoner of conscience are among the stars of this video.

Also, recording this clip in various Arab countries, where the recent revolutions occurred, and having multinational Arab activists participating in producing the artifact play a great role in celebrating the Arab identity and uniting the Arab nations to confront injustice, discrimination and oppression.

Traditional Performances Craft Nations’ Identities

Traditional Performances Craft Nations’ Identities

I made these cupcakes to celebrate one of our Arabian Gulf’s traditional occasions called Girgian. In this celebration, which has emerged from religious believes, children usually wear special traditional outfits and travel from a house to another in a special … Continue reading