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THE FATHER of American actress Jennifer Aniston says she should marry a Greek. Of course, it probably helps that he’s a Greek.
At the 20th anniversary gala of the Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund, John Aniston, who was born on Crete and portrays the Greek character Victor Kiriakis in a long-running NBC soap opera, joked to People magazine that he’d be happy if his daughter ended up with a Greek (albeit a good, honest one, in his words).
Is he right? Yes, if you like to put a priority on a close-knit family.
While all human beings are unique, our surrounding culture influences us, especially if the milieu has traditionally been monocultural. Not surprisingly, all three of today’s interviewees say clan is Continue reading →
In the April 2002 article titled “A Life Revealed” by Cathy Newman, McCurry recalls shooting the photograph and notes he did not know at the time the photograph would be anything special. Newman describes the photograph this way, “The portrait by Steve McCurry turned out to be one of those images that sears the heart […]. Her eyes are sea green. They are haunted and haunting, and in them you can read the tragedy of a land drained by war.”
Lutz and Collins would categorize the young woman’s penetrating stare as the non-Western subject’s gaze; this type in which the photographed subject confronts the camera make up, according to Lutz and Collins, 25% of the photos depicting non-Western subjects. The difficulty of course is how to understand what this particular confrontation signifies: hostility, vulnerability, shared humanity?
In January 2002 McCurry returned to Pakistan with National Geographic Television and Film’s Explorer in search of the woman whom he photographed in 1984. Neither McCurry nor anyone at National Geographic knew her name because women did not give their names to strangers, and so this truly was a search. To find her, McCurry and others showed Pakistanis and Afghans the cover photo, and eventually she was located. National Geographic discovered her name is Sharbat Gula.
If you read the article on-line, this is the main image on the article’s first page:
But here’s the cover for the June 2002 issue:It’s beautiful and arresting, but so troubling.