Most Famous Portrait Ever?

What is the most famous photographic portrait ever taken? Some would say it is this one of Sharbat Gula, an Afghan woman who became famous as a cover photograph on a 1985 issue of National Geographic magazine.

While at the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in Pakistan in 1984, her picture was taken by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. Gula was one of the students in an informal school within the refugee camp; McCurry, rarely given the opportunity to photograph Afghan women, seized the opportunity and captured her image. Read more about this photo in the Wikipedia article.

You should also see the original article from the National Geographic and the amazing story of McCurry's journey 30 years later to find Sharbat Gula again.

Inquiry Assignment: What other famous portraits can you find? Why are they famous? Here are a couple of suggested links: Annie Leibovitz || Rolling Stone Covers || Time-Life Portraits

Most famous kiss? - This photo, on the cover of Life Magazine at the end of WWII may be one of the most famous ever. It was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt, famous for many of his Life Cover photos.