New Ekkamai Gallery Opens with ‘Afghan Girl’ Photog

BANGKOK — Thirty years after Sharbat Gula’s intensity became forever ingrained in the world’s conscience as the face of refugees, the Afghan woman, still a refugee, was back in the news when she was arrested in Pakistan two weeks ago.

On Monday, the photographer responsible for the image will be at the opening of a new art space in the trendy Ekkamai zone with an exhibition of his work.

Photojournalist Steve McCurry will show works not seen before at House of Lucie, a new gallery by Hossein Farmani opening on Soi Ekkamai 8. The gallery will celebrate its opening with Life Time of Work featuring McCurry’s work.

The 66-year-old documentary photographer will be at the opening reception which starts at 7pm. The works on display include his most famous work, “Afghan Girl,” which appeared on the cover of a 1985 issue of National Geographic and is referred to as “The First World’s Third World Mona Lisa.”

Admission is free. The exhibition runs until March.

House of Lucie is open noon to 7pm, Monday through Friday. The art gallery can be reached from BTS Ekkamai exit No. 1.

Hossein Farmani is the founder of the Lucie Awards, an annual event honoring achievements in photography. He owns venues in other cities, including the Farmani Gallery in Los Angeles, New York and Bangkok.