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 Steve McCurry  (1950 - )

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania / India      Known for: documentary photography

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Biography from Cavalier Galleries Inc.:
Steve McCurry has won many of photography's top awards. Best known for his evocative color photography, McCurry captures the essence of human struggle and joy in the documentary tradition. Member of Magnum Photos since 1986, McCurry has searched and found the unforgettable.

Born in Philadelphia, McCurry graduated cum laude from the College of Arts and Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University. After working at a newspaper for two years, he left for India to freelance. It was in India that McCurry learned to watch and wait on life. If you wait, he realized, people will forget your camera and the soul will drift up into view.

His career was launched when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into rebel- controlled Afghanistan just before the Russian invasion. When he emerged, he had rolls of film sewn into his clothes and images that would be published around the world as among the first to show the conflict there. His coverage won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, an award dedicated to photographers exhibiting exceptional courage and enterprise.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Magazine Photographer of the Year, awarded by the National Press Photography Association. This was the same year in which he won an unprecedented four first prizes in the World Press Photo Contest. He has won the Olivier Rebbot Memorial Award twice.

Steve McCurry has covered many areas of international and civil conflict, including the Iran-Iraq war, the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia, Beirut, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Gulf War, and continuing coverage of Afghanistan. He focuses on the human consequences of war, not only showing what war impresses on the landscape, but rather on the human face.

McCurry's work has been featured in National Geographic magazine with recent articles on Tibet, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and the temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia. McCurry is driven by an innate curiosity and sense of wonder about the world and everyone in it. He has the uncanny ability to cross boundaries of language and culture to capture stories of human experience.

Of his work, he said: "Most of my images are grounded in people. I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person's face. I try to convey what it is like to be that person, a person caught in a broader landscape, that you could call the human condition."

A high point in his career was the rediscovery of the previously unidentified Afghan refugee girl who is a highly recognizable photograph world wide. When McCurry finally located Sharbat Gula after almost two decades, he said, "Her skin is weathered; there are wrinkles now, but she is as striking as she was all those years ago."

McCurry returned from an extended assignment in China on September 10, 2001. His coverage at Ground Zero on September 11, 2011 is a testament to the heroism and nobility of the people of New York City. You felt the horror and immediately, instinctively understood that our lives would never be the same again.

Publications Include:

The Imperial Way (1985), Monsoon (1988), Portraits (1999), South Southeast (2000), Sanctuary (2002), The Path to Buddha: A Tibetan Pilgrimage (2003), Steve McCurry (2005), Looking East (2006), In the Shadows of Mountains (2007)


Biography from GallArt.com:
Steve McCurry has been an iconic voice in contemporary photography for more than 30 years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

Born in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, McCurry studied film at Pennsylvania State University, before going on to work for a local newspaper. After several years of freelance work, McCurry made his first of what would become many trips to India. Traveling with little more than a bag of clothes and another of film, he made his way across the subcontinent, exploring the country with his camera.

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