An exhibition of photographs of Afghanistan taken by renowned photojournalist Steve McCurry opens in London next month. Steve McCurry's portrait The Afghan Girl, first published on the cover of National Geographic's June 1985 issue, is one of the most recognisable photos of our time.

Children work in opium field in Badakhshan, 1992
Children work in opium field in Badakhshan, 1992

Afghanistan has been a recurring subject in McCurry's work for over 30 years. He first visited the country in 1978 as a young freelance photojournalist and documented the conflict between US-backed Mujahideen rebels and the Soviet-backed Afghan government; a conflict that was to develop into a bloody nine-year war that would take the lives of over a million Afghans.

The exhibition, consisting of 40 pictures and spanning 30 years, runs from 12 May to 7 June at Beetles+Huxley, Swallow Street, London W1B 4DE.

A young boy stands with his firearm, 1979
A young boy stands with his firearm, 1979
Camel caravan, 1980
Camel caravan, 1980
Father and son in Helmand Province, 1980
Father and son in Helmand Province, 1980
An Afghan refugee in Baluchistan, 1981
An Afghan refugee in Baluchistan, 1981
Mujahideen stand atop a mountain in the Hindu Kush, 1984
Mujahideen stand atop a mountain in the Hindu Kush, 1984
Young men train for war, 1984
Young men train for war, 1984
Man with cloudy beard, 1992
Man with cloudy beard, 1992
Blue Mosque, Mazar e Sharif, 1992
Blue Mosque, Mazar-e-Sharif, 1992
Father and daughter at home in Nuristan, 1992
Father and daughter at home in Nuristan, 1992
Road to Jalalabad, 1992
Road to Jalalabad, 1992
Rebuilding a kiln in Kandahar, 1992
Rebuilding a kiln in Kandahar, 1992
Kuchi nomads at prayer, 1992
Kuchi nomads at prayer, 1992
Salat at Blue Mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif, 1992
Salat at Blue Mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif, 1992
Horse and two towers at Band-e-Amir, 2002
Horse and two towers at Band-e-Amir, 2002
Woman in canary burqa, 2002
Woman in canary burqa, 2002
Shiite Muslims during Ashura, 2002
Shi'ite Muslims during Ashura, 2002
Farmer walks through fields, 2006
Farmer walks through fields, 2006
Man in Bamiyan mosque, 2006
Man in Bamiyan mosque, 2006