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Transcript of Steve McCurry
Buddhism – Bodh Gaya, India
Portrait -Yanesha, Peru
The man behind the camera
His career started when, disguised with national suit, crossed the Pakistan border into rebel-controlled areas of Afghanistan just before the Soviet invasion
When he emerged, he had rolls of films sewn into his clothes. Those images which were published around the world, were among the first to show the conflict. McCurry continued to cover armed conflicts, including the Iran-Iraq war, Lebanon Civil War, the Cambodian Civil War, the Islamic insurgency in the Philippines, the Gulf War and the Afghan Civil War. His Work has been featured worldwide in magazines and he is frequent contributor to National Geographic.
McCurry is there, but he's not there. It's a beautiful moment, the kind that lets those of us too busy to notice, pause for a moment, and see who we are. A master infiltrator of the human condition, McCurry has a way of finding the 'us' in 'them.' It has helped to make him one of the world's top photographers since he emerged as a premier hot-spot shooter in the late '70s.
~ FromEscape (Dec. 1999)
McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including:
The Robert Capa Gold Medal for best photographic reporting from abroad, in 1980 after his 1st trip to Afghanistan.
National Press Photographers Award.
2006-Lowell Thomas Gold
And many more...
Weligama, Sri Lanka
Born in Philadelphia in February 24, 1950
from the College of Arts and Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University.
Recognized universally as one of today’s finest image-makers, has won many of photography’s top awards.
Best known for his evocative color photography, McCurry, in the finest documentary tradition, captures the essence of human struggle and joy.
Member of Magnum Photos since 1986.
Many of his images have become modern icons.
"I like to tell stories about my subjects through my photographs and to show people what is happening."
"A picture can express a universal humanism, or simply reveal a delicate and poignant truth by exposing a slice of life that might otherwise pass unnoticed"
Afghan girl, Pakistan
"The times that have been the most fun and productive have been those where I literally just get up and wander around looking for situations and subjects to shoot."
"I developed a certain method of working where I either got my shot quickly before I am noticed; or I hung around my subjects so long until they get bored or accustomed to me and continue about their usual routines."
He uses a Nikon D700 DSLR and a Hasselblad medium format camera.
It is his most recognized portrait as well as the history's most recognized photograph by
Camp of refugees during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
Editing and publishing
"Now or Never" rule Seize the moment
Seek of spontaneous stories by wandering
Importance of storytelling
Short depth of field in portraits Relevance of people and faces
Master the composition and framing
Look for the contrast
Use of warm light and colors
Wide angle shots in landscapes
Portray human behavior
Pablo García-Rubio, Álvaro Parra, Carlos Pecharromán, Pablo Romo
Not found of editing as he has developed his work within analogical photography and printing. He works the light and exposure when taking the picture. The selection of the shots in your archive that illustrate your story or experiences best, is a process that takes time, patience, and experience.
Thanks for your attention!
1985, The Imperial Way
2000, South Southeast
2003, The Path to Buddha: a Tibetan Pilgrimage
2005, Steve McCurry
2006, Looking East