This year, a beautiful coffee-table book called simply Afghanistan delivers a collection of McCurry’s best. It starts immediately – no title page – with a series of black-and-white, high-contrast images of mujahideen fighters, many of them children, staring you down. Next, his supersaturated color work: A boy sells oranges on the trunk of a battered car. Women navigate life in colorful burqas. Girls gleefully juggle in a park. Soldiers stand on a rocky outpost, with the Hindu Kush mountains in the distance. McCurry gives viewers a deep look into this complex society – the many ethnic groups, the warfare, and the dry, harsh landscape.