The purpose of our blog is to discuss topical issues, stories, and situations, as well as to share what we are up to and new ways for you to get involved. We are always searching for possible answers to the question: Why is a girl's worth culturally and historically relative?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Strike a pose!

Steve McCurry’s portrait of a girl from Kandahar, Afghanistan.

When it comes to choosing art's form, the majority of people would most freely go with photography. If anything, it's the safest option and the most likely to initiate a direct relation with the viewer. Like all other art presentations, photography has long been inspired from girls and has provided us with some brilliant flashes of girlhood from all over the world.

One of the most legendary photographs ever and literally the most recognized photograph in the history of National Geographic magazine is the Afghan Girl, which was originally published as the front cover of the June 1985 issue. The portrait was taken by American photojournalist Steve McCurry and it wasn't until 2002 that the girl's identity was revealed. Another Afghan girl was recently the main theme in an admittedly cruel shot, captured by French photographer Massoud Hossaini. His photograph, depicting the overwhelming distress of the 12 year old Tarana Akbari after a blast in Kabul, won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in the category of Breaking News Photography. 

Maro Kouri is a Greek photojournalist who has travelled and explored foreign cultures on a large scale. Her ample archive consists of engrossing "global stories," some of which plainly narrate the everyday moments of girls worldwide. The simplicity and frankness in children's photography was also a challenge for American photographer Nan Goldin. Her images are natural and spontaneous, which could be attributed to her familiarity with the photographed kids.

Photography drills a lasting impact on the viewer by means of directness and genuineness. Even when using disguised models, like the provocative photographer Cindy Sherman, best known as the"'Queen of the Self-Portrait," there is still a vigorous artistic statement. Girlhood is widely an authentic inspiration to photographers and the best confirmation of the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words."

-Magda Repouskou
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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