How I stumbled across a pristine copy of a famous National Geographic issue | PRI

Like many photojournalists, National Geographic magazines have remained a tangible representation of my lifelong love of adventure and storytelling — a conduit that helped me develop an insatiably curious mind and deep appreciation for our collective humanity.

So, when I found an original June 1985 edition of National Geographic featuring the Afghan Girl on Wednesday afternoon — one day after Gula’s arrest — I was awestruck. It’s in almost immaculate condition — her eyes so much more vibrant in analog than digital.

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