Woman With Birdcage, Afghanistan
Spanning almost a century of global upheaval and riveting human drama, the book Odysseys and Photographs follows the careers of Maynard Owen Williams, Volkmar Wentzel, Luis Marden, and Tom Abercrombie—a stellar quartet of National Geographic photographers who used their cameras to record a truly remarkable era. See some of the book's most striking images in this gallery, and read what the photographers themselves had to say.
"Denied face and form by age-old custom, a woman of Kabul secludes herself in a sleeveless silk chadri; a pair of Old World goldfinches rides home from the market on her head. Reflecting the forces of change at work in the land, Afghan law no longer requires the chadri, whose pleats echo a style of centuries ago."
National Geographic magazine, September 1968