Moving and Amazing Story of the Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry

the afghan girl iconic photoPhoto by Steve McCurry

At first the photo editor who worked on the June 1985 National Geographic magazine wanted to use the other cover photo instead of the one that became emblematic to what was happening in the world in the 80's. But shortly before the printing something made him change his mind and choose the photo which later happened to define the whole generation.

V-J Day in Times Square by Alfred Eisenstaedt

Photo by by Alfred Eisenstaedt

This photo captured the moment of bliss and euphoria that the citizens of the US felt on August 14, 1945, when the war with Japan was over. The photo became iconic and seems to depict something so important that its imprint on the American psyche is still noticeable nowadays.

And though this photo has been in the limelight for decades, nobody really knows its surprising and unbelievable story.