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24 Striking Pictures Of Afghanistan By Photojournalist Steve McCurry

A London exhibition is set to celebrate Steve McCurry's relationship with Afghanistan's people, culture and landscape.

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Steve McCurry, born in Philadelphia, 1950, is one of the most recognised photographers of our time.

In 1978 Steve McCurry travelled to Pakistan as a young freelance photojournalist looking for stories.

It was here and then that he met the first of many Afghan refugees, who encouraged Steve to travel with them to their country to help tell the story of a conflict between US backed Mujahideen rebels and the Soviet backet Afghan Government.

The conflict that was to develop into a bloody 9 year long war that would take the lives of over 1 million Afghans.

This exhibition of 40 pictures, spanning the past 30 years taken both before and after the arrival of US troops in 2002, comes from the archive of McCurry's work, documenting the rich history of a troubled, yet beautiful country.

Afghanistan has been a recurring subject in McCurry's work, during his various tenures there he has lived with the Afghan people, both military and civilian, and documented conflict, culture and scenery across the incredibly varied landscape.

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