‘Afghan Girl’ photographer Steve McCurry with Greenwich exhibit

Cavalier Galleries in Greenwich opens an exhibition of photographs by world famous photojournalist Steve McCurry — best known for his ‘Afghan Girl’ image — on Friday, April 12. McCurry will be on hand for a public reception on Thursday, April 18, 6-8 p.m.

Launching his career capturing photographs of the pre-Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 (he sneaked across the Pakistan border disguised in native garb), McCurry went onto cover many armed conflicts: the Iran-Iraq War, Lebanon Civil War, the Cambodian Civil War, the Islamic insurgency in the Philippines and the Gulf War.

He took his most widely-circulated portrait, “Afghan Girl,” in a refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan in 1984. The image was named as “the most recognized photograph” in the history of the National Geographic magazine.

McCurry is the recipient of numerous awards, including Magazine Photographer of the Year, awarded to him by the National Press Photographers Association in 1984 and 2006.

Scott Gargan