Steve McCurry: Arts and Minds

Thu, Oct 8, 2009

Creativity / Industry News, Video

Steve McCurry: Arts and Minds

McCurry is an adventurer, documentarian and photojournalist with a great soul, a big heart, and a celebrated pair of eyes.  Steve is an anthropologist who endures with his subjects.

    “He has more guts and more determination … nobody busts it like Steve does” – David Alan Harvey, fellow National Geographic photographer.

Notwithstanding an already strong career, over ½ of Steve’s year is spent mccurryafghantraveling.  Two solid rest free years, followed by continued traveling in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan beginning at age 27 in the 70’s and 80’s, exposed him to the old and new of the region, and its extraordinary range of culture and religion. This adventure defined his career path.  A career he has sustained through enormous passion and motivational fire.

His most famous portrait was of a beautiful 12 year old Afghan refugee, shot in 1985 as the central Afghan Government was destroying villages prior to the Russian invasion.  It’s the modern day Mona Lisa. The photo embodies the hopes and dreams of youth, and grasps a haunting promise that we tend to associate with beauty.  Yet, there is a heart breaking tragedy displayed not only in her cloths but in the expression that Steve captured.  The connection with her is universal.

Seventeen years later in 2002, he again captured her photo, which mccurry-imagehelped raise $1.5 Million for the education of women in Afghanistan.

It’s no mystery that Henri Cartier-Bresson was a mentor of McCurry’s. Steve’s work makes use of extraordinary color and composition but it’s the decisive moment of human drama combined with the nostalgia of their surroundings that ensures the timeless quality of the photos.

“I want the face to carry the photograph. The picture will live or die depending on the character of the face.”

For those of us who’ve made photography their life,  Steve McCurry is an iconic figure who’s filed nearly 1 million study worthy images.  It’s hard to fathom the wisdom with which he fills the frame of his images after a life of traveling.

The Steve McCurry Website

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