Steve McCurry can easily be regarded as one of the Greatest Journalist Photographers during the past 3 decades, and is best known for his photograph, “Afghan Girl” which originally appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine during 1985.
McCurry has traveled the world over more than once , and during his journeys he has managed to capture not only the countries that welcome his presence , but overall he has managed to capture the hearts and souls of the subjects he photographs like no other photographer out there.
During his collegiate years ,McCurry began studying film history cinematography and filmmaking at Penn State in 1968, but ended up getting a degree in theater arts and graduating cum laude in 1974. His passion for photography was fueled when he began taking pictures for the Penn State newspaper called The Daily Collegian.
Steve’s photojournalism career began with his coverage of the Soviet war in Afghanistan. When he was sent overseas to cover the Afghani -Soviet War which raged there, McCurry disguised himself in native dress and concealed his film by sewing it into his clothes. His images were among the first which depicted the conflict and the carnage which raged there and were widely published.
Although McCurry shoots both in digital and film, he has admitted his preference for transparency film. Eastman Kodak allowed McCurry to shoot the last ever produced roll of Kodachrome transparency film, which was processed in July 2010 by Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kansas and will be housed at the George Eastman House.
“Some photographers can make a great portrait of someone looking away from the camera,” Steve McCurry says, “but, for me, it all comes down to the eyes. I always want my subjects to be looking directly into my lens. That has become a kind of style, I guess; a way of shooting and a way of seeing.”
McCurry, now 61 yrs old, is one of the world’s greatest photojournalists, a master of colour and composition, as well as a humanist in an ever increasing genre which is given over to the shockingly graphic.
His new book is called simply and confidently The Iconic Photographs. Few other living photographers could get away with that title: “It wasn’t my idea,” he says, laughing, “but it kind of works.”
When Steve McCurry left for India for a few month trip he never knew that it would be his place of passion. Becoming one of the Premier Photojournalist Steve McCurry visits India to photograph the people and country. What McCurry has captured on his sojourn to India is more that colorful landscapes and setting sunsets … Steve has managed to depict and portray the country of India and its people within such a way that it almost resembles a colorful Mosaic all interwoven and blended into one giant splash of COLOUR !
Enjoy India and the people who go on to make up what India truly is : Gloriously Fantasmagoric !
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1. Bombay Iconoclasts At Work
2. Boy In Flight (Rajasthan)
3. Fishermen Rajasthan
4. During Lord Ganesha Festival
5. Blue City Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
6. Jodhpur City (Rajasthan)
7. Men in DoorWay Jodhpur Rajasthan
9. Jodhpur Tailors
10. Woman Door Way
11. Blue Wall Rajasthan
12. Holy Man Rajasthan
13. Holy Man Rabari Rajasthan
14. Young Herdsman Rajasthan
15. Herdsman Rajasthan
16. Holi Festival Rajasthan
17. Colorful Holi-Feet Rajasthan
18. Gathering (Holi Festival Rajasthan)
19. Rajasthan Holi Festival
20. Men (Holi Festival Rajasthan )
21. Red Boy (Holi Festival Mumbai India )
22. Red Wall (Jodhpur Rajasthan)
23. Men (Holi Festival Rajasthan )
24. Rajasthan Journey
25. TajMahal India
26. Young Girls (Rajasthan)
27. Young Girl
28. Women Huddled | Sandstorm (Rajasthan)
29. Windstrom (Rajasthan)
30. Rajasthan Jodhpur | Daily News
31. Monsoon Dogs
For more information and a closer look at Steve McCurry’s other works covering countries such as Afghanistan , Tibet , Bangkok and other world regions and future Expeditions , please visit Steves site HERE .
McCurry is set to travel back to India, Rajasthan in April 2012 and travel arrangements/ ticket sales can be made via his website ( See : Expeditions )