I found an interesting blog post about an article in Time Magazine, and the cover reminded me of a cover of a National Geographic Magazine from 25 years ago. And now here are some quotes about things…

Some facts about the National Geographic Cover (1985)…

“Sharbat Gula (born ca. 1972) is an Afghan woman who was the subject of a famous photograph by journalist Steve McCurry. Gula was living in a refugee camp in Peshawar, Pakistan during the time of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan when she was photographed. The image brought her recognition when it was featured on the cover of the June 1985 issue of National Geographic Magazine, at a time when she was approximately 12 years old. Gula was known throughout the world simply as the Afghan Girl until she was formally identified in early 2002.”

Source: Wikipedia

Some interesting comments on the Time Magazine Cover (2010)…

“Through presenting the image of a young women who has been brutalised and maimed, the magazine is inducing within the viewer not only compassion for its subject, but confirming the understanding that she is ‘other’… For example, in the Victorian era, stories of mass harems run by lascivious men in turbans, were largely generated by sexually repressed English men with overactive imaginations. Through projecting such desires, a society is able to define itself as posessing all the qualities which the ‘other’ most definately lacks. In this example of Aisha’s face, we are able to define our own society as being civilised, progressive, and most importantly, free of such brutal violence against women… Coupled with the near unbelievable heading that ‘This is what happens when we leave Afghanistan’, Time has successfully managed to project an imperialist view over the event occuring in Afghanistan, and through deliberately using such an upsetting image, leaves the reader feeling emotionally swayed towards the message of the piece.”

Source: Some blog


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