National Geographic : 2002 Jan
FROM OUR ARCHIVES Flashback WORLD OF ISLAM Friends inHigh Places The king of Afghanistan perused his own copy of the GEOGRAPHIC for photographer/writers Jean and Franc Shor in April 1949. The husband-and-wife team had arrived in Kabul to ask the permission of Mohammed Zahir Shah-a longtime Society member-to be the first Westerners to fully explore the mountainous Wakhan Corridor. "He alone was giving us the chance to continue our journey," wrote Jean Shor. "I wanted to give him something in return, so I handed him our Polaroid camera. He seemed a little startled.... How was I to know that kings customarily accept presents only from other kings?" The Shors' article "We Took the Highroad in Afghanistan" appeared in November 1950, but this photograph was never published in the magazine. The king, now 87, was deposed in a 1973 coup. He is cur rently helping plan a new government for his country. You can find this image as well as access the Fashback photo archives at national geographic.com/ngm/ flashback/0201. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358) ISPUBLISHED MONTHLY BYTHENATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, 1145 17THST.NW .WASHINGTON, DC20036-4688.$34.00AYEARFORU.S.DELVERY, $6.00 PERSINGLE COPYINCLUDESS POSTAGE ANDHANDING).PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAIDATWASHINGTON, DC,ANDATADDITIONAL MAILING OFFICES.POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGES TONATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, PO BOX63002,TAMP,FL33663-3002.