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Although her name was not known at the time, her picture, titled "Afghan Girl", appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic. The image itself was named "the most recognized photograph" in the history of the magazine. Her photograph was taken by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. McCurry, rarely given the opportunity to photograph Afghan women, seized the opportunity and captured her image. The image of her face, with a red scarf draped loosely over her head and with her piercing sea-green eyes staring directly into the camera, became a symbol both of the 1980s Afghan conflict and of the refugee situation worldwide. (Wikipedia)

To make this mosaic I expanded a ten-color palette (black, grey, green, yellow, white, tan, red, blue, dark blue, dark red) by covering each with one of four transparent plates (clear, red, green, yellow) to generate a 28-color palette. (Mathematically I should have had 4x10 = 40 distinct colors… but some were too close to identify as potentially different shades.) Afghan Girl is my second mosaic using this expanded palette technique.



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  April 27, 2012
Ok, now I'm not going to lie, that looks strangely like my best friend...
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  June 5, 2011
It's perfect!
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  March 12, 2011
Amazing! thanks for the explanations concerning the building.
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  September 27, 2010
Well done on this beautiful mosaic! My brother has this issue of National Geographic, and it is exactly right.
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  February 3, 2010
as in the clothes or country?
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  December 23, 2009
Oh man, this is great! I recognized it instantly as the girl from the National Geographic cover; well done!
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  December 12, 2009
I've always wanted an Afghan, but never like this. I just thought they were good to help you stay warm in the winter. Superb job capturing her essence.
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  December 12, 2009
all I can say is..... its Awesome!!!!!1
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  December 12, 2009
only one word: perfect
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  December 11, 2009
wow
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  December 11, 2009
Deeply amazing... all I can say my friend...
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  December 11, 2009
Wondersome (wonderful+awesome). This is art. Or is it Art's art?
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  December 11, 2009
Amazing indeed mate! You've captured the eyes perfectly. Not only is it a great technique but the patience required for something like this makes my head spin. Great stuff!
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  December 11, 2009
Amazing!
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  December 11, 2009
WOW! Timeless...
  December 11, 2009
WOW, I know the picture, I have that edition on the national geographic just because of the photo, althoug I'm from 1988. It really hits you in the face and your recreation also has that breath and words taking factor. You can see the fear, but also the hope in her eye's. Really capture's your look. Well done!
Arthur Gugick
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Patrick Leon
  December 10, 2009
Awesome, this is gonna sound weird but i just heard about this n im learning about it in school o_O
Arthur Gugick
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Audio Switchblade
  December 10, 2009
WOW
Arthur Gugick
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billy bob
  December 10, 2009
Man... this creation is breath taking!
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  December 10, 2009
Certainly one of the most remembered National Geographic covers. Very striking version. see ya. garth
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  December 10, 2009
you dont deseve a comment..... oops.
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  December 10, 2009
Wow,this is amazing,and huge!This makes you worthy to be one of my favorites!
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  December 10, 2009
That's extremely large. Very nice work! I bet it would hang nicely in your house and act as a conversation starter.
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  December 10, 2009
Yeah, I know that image I saw it on a book of natgeo, that face in reall gives me shivers, its so.... so ... rare, but good job done here.
Arthur Gugick
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Dave Shaddix
  December 9, 2009
I remember this one! She's still HAWT! Beautiful mosaic man. I need to study your work more closely. ...she's so hot.
Arthur Gugick
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Dave Shaddix
  December 9, 2009
Seriously though... you took a work of art and turned it into a work of art. This is an instantly recognizable photograph that you duplicated in LEGO perfectly. You're an artist my friend. ~dave
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  December 9, 2009
Really good!
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  December 9, 2009
Ok, now this is crazy. Absolutely fantastic, probably one of the finest mosaics I've ever seen. Great work. -Dylan
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  December 9, 2009
What a FANTASTIC choice of subjects, Arthur! I remember seeing the original edition with the cover and being awe struck by the image, as so many others apparently were. I also recall having seen the same woman photographed again several years later...still with the same piercing eyes. BEAUTIFUL rendition of this historical photograph!
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  December 9, 2009
I think it's PAST time that people recognize lego for the creative medium that it is. And recognize you for the artist you are! Few can even come close to comparing my friend. ~ Chris.
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  December 9, 2009
shes pretty
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  December 9, 2009
Instantly recognizable and very accurate to the source picture. This is fantastic, Arthur! You know, they tracked her down a couple years ago and did another picture for the cover. Her eyes are still just as intense as the first picture. I'm blown away by this!
 
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