5 COUNTRIES. 1 ARTIST. STEVE McCURRY.
Part 1 of 5: India

After graduating college, McCurry spent a few years at the Today’s Post in King of Prussia, Penn., shooting high school graduations and Kiwanis meetings, honing his skills — but he knew it wasn’t for him. He left for India in 1978, intending to stay for three months. He stayed for two years.

“India was like another planet to me,” he said. “I’ve been back 80 or 90 times … and there’s still many places I haven’t seen.” (+)

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5 COUNTRIES. 1 ARTIST. STEVE McCURRY.
Part 2 of 5: Yemen

"When I first arrived in Shibam, I was astonished – it is extraordinary. It perfectly illustrates what a unique place Yemen is in terms of architecture, environment and landscape." The sixteenth century buildings “look like mud skyscrapers rising out of the flat desert plain. The city is surrounded by mountain escarpments on the far horizons – it’s one of the most unusual, interesting landscapes in the world.

With its biblical oriental flavor, its markets and its ancient walled cities, Yemen is exotic, but there’s much more to it.” (Steve Mc Curry)

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5 COUNTRIES. 1 ARTIST. STEVE McCURRY.
Part 3 of 5: Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, Steve McCurry met refugees who told him about the brewing mujahedeen resistance to the violent pro-Russian government. He agreed to document their plight; they disguised him in traditional dress and brought him into the country illegally.

“My possessions included a plastic cup, a Swiss Army knife, two camera bodies, four lenses, a bag of film and a few packets of airline peanuts,” he recalls. The conflict — and McCurry’s professional profile — escalated dramatically when the Soviets launched a full-scale invasion. Their jets were flying “so low and close they would fill my lens,” McCurry says. “We just prayed they wouldn’t see us and start strafing.”(+)

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5 COUNTRIES. 1 ARTIST. STEVE McCURRY.
Part 4 of 5: Serbia

As dramatic as his adventures have been, McCurry has always focused on the human cost of war, rather than conflict itself. It’s important, he says, to maintain a rigorous detachment in the face of suffering in order to do the job—and it also probably helps that he isn’t married and doesn’t have kids.

McCurry’s detachment, however, is hardly a form of callousness. “People, wherever they are in the world, want to be respected and loved. If you respect people, doors open.” (+)

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5 COUNTRIES. 1 ARTIST. STEVE McCURRY.
Part 5 of 5: Cambodia

I hope you enjoy the second ‘5 Countries. 1 Artist.' series, click here for more. And don’t forget to check out Steve McCurry’s latest book:

PHOTOBOOK: STEVE McCURRY - UNTOLD

Untold - The Stories Behind the Photographs takes an unprecedented look at the work of Steve McCurry, one of today’s finest and most daring imagemakers. This is the first book to fully explore how the world-renowned photographer finds, takes and develops his uniquely iconic photographs. Presenting a personal archive of material, Untold features the very best of McCurry’s most beautiful and powerful photo stories, taken from around the world over the last thirty years.

Each story is illustrated with never-before-seen notes, images and ephemera – saved by McCurry from his extensive travels – and over 100 lavish, full-colour photo plates of McCurry’s most significant work. Brought to life by newly commissioned essays, the stories offer a critical narrative and give new insight and ideas into the background, experience and ideas behind McCurry’s unparalleled photography. Together, these fascinating documents reveal a new and exciting view of the story behind the story.

Tracing the narrative behind 14 of McCurry’s most important assignments, each story provides a behind-the-scenes look at McCurry’s adventures, from first publication to their afterlife in the world, creating a documentary record of his remarkable career. Richly illustrated and explained, this book provides an inside perspective on Steve McCurry, creating a living biography and archive of one of photography’s greatest legends. (+)

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© Steve McCurry, 2008, Rajasthan, India

Pleased with his day, a Rabari herdsman leads his animals to the spot where they’ll bed for the night. He’ll sleep with them outdoors on a simple cot called a charpoy.

Steve McCurry has published a new blog post title “The Universal Language" with 20 photos of smiling people. If you feel down maybe this will cheer you up a little…

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© Steve McCurry, 2007, Geisha in subway, Kyoto, Japan

Steve McCurry, “Geisha in subway” (2007), Kyoto, Japan
This picture reflects the juxtaposition of an ancient tradition in the modern world. The woman is the epitome of elegance in a utilitarian, stark, unromantic setting. It captures the paradox of the classic in a hurried world.

 

Earlier this month, Photo Booth looked at the New York City subway over time. This week, they’ve curated a selection of contemporary images from subways around the world. Click-through for a slideshow: http://nyr.kr/10JfLhy

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STEVE McCURRY INTERVIEWED BY THE SARTORIALIST

The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman, sits down with photographer Steve McCurry to talk with him about his work, his influences and more.

This is part one of a five part series.

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© Steve McCurry, 2009, The Last Roll of Kodachrome, Rajasthan / India

"Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kansas, was the last lab on the planet to process Kodachrome and stopped developing the iconic film forever. When Kodak stopped producing the film, they gave me the last roll. When I finished shooting the final frames, I hand-delivered  it to Parsons. Here are a few of those last 36 frames." (Steve McCurry)

Find a video documentary about Steve McCurry’s “The Last Roll of Kodachrome” project here / produced by National Geographic.

Excerpt: To commemorate his reunion with Kodachrome, Steve decides to return to the place where it all began. “After New York, I was thinking: where else in the world can we go to continue this last roll of Kodachrome; and for me, the most logical place - the most visual place - and culturally just amazing… is India.”

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STEVE McCURRY: THE LAST ROLL OF KODACHROME

In 2009, when Kodak announced that production of Kodachrome film would be coming to an end, legendary photographer Steve McCurry saw an opportunity, and asked if the company would give him the final roll. Given his reputation and the many famed photographs he’s taken on Kodachrome, it’s no surprise Kodak said yes.

As a tribute to this final roll, a crew from National Geographic decided to follow McCurry and document the momentous last 36 frames that would ever be shot on that film — the video above is the result. (read more)

You can find a gallery of those final shots on McCurry’s website.

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