Steve McCurry

American, b. 1950

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Steve McCurry

American, b. 1950

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With his shrewd journalistic approach to photography, Steve McCurry has captured some of the most iconic images of the 20th and 21st centuries. McCurry creates straightforward representational photographs that seek to illuminate areas of the world and create narratives from honest depictions of people and places. The photographer is well known for his contributions to magazines such as National Geographic, which featured Afghan Girl—his infamous 1985 image—on its cover. The woman’s haunting green eyes and her location in a country hidden behind the Iron Curtain contributed to the photograph’s significance. “I think the best way to actually photograph somebody is to really look into their eyes,” McCurry has said. “The eyes are so expressive, they say so much about a person.” In recent years, McCurry has continued his journalistic investigations of the less fortunate in areas closer to his home, photographing abused domestic workers in the United States.

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Biography

With his shrewd journalistic approach to photography, Steve McCurry has captured some of the most iconic images of the 20th and 21st centuries. McCurry creates straightforward representational photographs that seek to illuminate areas of the world and create narratives from honest depictions of people and places. The photographer is well known for his contributions to magazines such as National Geographic, which featured Afghan Girl—his infamous 1985 image—on its cover. The woman’s haunting green eyes and her location in a country hidden behind the Iron Curtain contributed to the photograph’s significance. “I think the best way to actually photograph somebody is to really look into their eyes,” McCurry has said. “The eyes are so expressive, they say so much about a person.” In recent years, McCurry has continued his journalistic investigations of the less fortunate in areas closer to his home, photographing abused domestic workers in the United States.

Career Highlights
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Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
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Solo show at a major institution
Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO), and 1 more
Shows Featuring Steve McCurry
Articles Featuring Steve McCurry
The Stories behind the 10 Most Iconic Photos from Magnum’s 70-Year History
Jul 18th, 2017
The Stories behind the 10 Most Iconic Photos from Magnum’s 70-Year History
Afghanistan Through the Lens of Magnum Photographer Steve McCurry
Aug 26th, 2015
Afghanistan Through the Lens of Magnum Photographer Steve McCurry
The Name Behind That Famous National Geographic Cover, Steve McCurry Captures the Face of Conflict
Dec 2nd, 2014
The Name Behind That Famous National Geographic Cover, Steve McCurry Captures the Face of Conflict
A History of Magnum Photos in Ten Photographers
Jan 21st, 2014
A History of Magnum Photos in Ten Photographers
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