• Originally published in 1999, this brand new edition is the most comprehensive portfolio of McCurry’s portraiture, and includes 70 new photographs that bring the collection up to date • Breathtaking in scope and uniquely moving, McCurry’s images capture people from all backgrounds and cultures • Features the famous ‘Afghan Girl’ photograph, and equally memorable images ranging from a bejewelled Indian bride to a Paraguayan cowboy • Unstylized portraits of children, adolescents and adults from all walks of life reveal the universality of human emotion and the variety of personal adornment • Travelling extensively, McCurry captures images of human experience that resonate deeply, positioning him as one of the most widely admired and critically-acclaimed contemporary photographers • The largest collection of McCurry’s portraits available, and at an excellent price
Born in Philadelphia, Steve McCurry studied history and cinematography at Pennsylvania State University before working as a freelance photographer in India. His career was launched when he crossed the Pakistan border into rebel-controlled Afghanistan, just before the Russian invasion, to take the first pictures of the conflict. Since then many of McCurry's images have become modern icons. His coverage won him the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, an award dedicated to photographers exhibiting exceptional courage and enterprise. McCurry has covered many areas of international and civil conflict, including the Iran-Iraq war, Beirut and the Gulf War. His travels have also taken him to South-east Asia and the spiritual temples of Angkor Wat and Cambodia, made known to many through his memorable images for National Geographic magazine. A member of the prestigious international photo agency Magnum since 1986, McCurry is the recipient of numerous awards including Magazine Photographer of the Year, awarded by the National Press Photographers Association. This was awarded in 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.
'The global reach of the work, and the knowledge of humanity reflected in it, is breathtaking.' (The Sunday Times) 'McCurry's talent for catching people with their guard down is on ample display in this ... collection of faces from around the world ... the images speak to the shared humanity of diverse peoples.' (Life)