Born Feb. 24th, 1950, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Steve McCurry a world renowned photographer has covered war and civil unrest in such countries as Beirut, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Gulf War, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Tibet. I counted 24 different countries on his website that he has traveled, documented and had galleries for.
In the mid 80’s he snuck into Afghanistan just days before the Soviet occupation. He had two bags with him, one was clothing and the other was film. He did this when the conflict wasn’t really being covered. Then when he left it was with his exposed film sewn into the lining of his jacket and he showed the world what was going on behind the scenes.
While his name might not be a household name, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who has not seen his most famous image. He is the photographer that shot the picture that came to be known simply as Afghan Girl. The 1985 National Geographic cover photograph that made history. That is one of the world’s most recognizable pictures.
McCurry, in the finest photographic tradition, has traveled the world in an effort to capture the soul of people he came in contact with. He sought to depict the essence of individuals, their condition, their culture, their struggles and experiences. Just look at his images and you’ll connect with them instantly. If there is a recipe to capturing the spirit of a person in an image Steve McCurry has mastered it.
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Quotes by Steve McCurry
“If you wait…people will forget your camera and the soul will drift up into view.”
“What is important to my work is the individual picture. I photograph stories on assignment, and of course they have to be put together coherently. But what matters most is that each picture stands on its own, with its own place and feeling.”