As a freelance photographer, Steve McCurry would often go off the beaten path. Early in his career, this tendency led him to cross the Pakistan border into Afghanistan prior to the Russian invasion. The film he shot was smuggled out of the country sewn into his clothing—native garb he wore so as to blend in—and contained some of the first images taken of the beginning of the struggle between Russian and Afghan forces.
His 1984 photo Afghan Girl (pictured) appeared on the cover of National Geographic in the June 1985 issue. It shows a young girl of about 12 years of age living as a refugee from the Afghan war in Pakistan.