Finding the Sublime

 

“Steve McCurry is a kind of one-man Peace Corps. First, he is driven by curiosity and second by more curiosity, combined with an insatiable wonder about third world countries.

With determination and boundless energy, Steve has covered news events, authored one book after another, worked steadily for world class publications, produced extensive essays for the National Geographic magazine, received numerous awards and citations, officiated at many photography workshops and became a distinct presence in the art collector’s market. He continues to visit the Indian subcontinent, while producting a body of ever more compelling work.”

Elliott Erwitt

  • Road to Jalalabad, Afghanistan

    © Steve McCurry
    Road to Jalalabad, Afghanistan, 1992
    Fuji Flex Crystal Archive fine art print

  • Flower Seller at Dal Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir

    © Steve McCurry
    Flower Seller at Dal Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir, 1996
    Fuji Flex Crystal Archive fine art print

  • Inle Lake, Burma/Myanmar

    © Steve McCurry
    Inle Lake, Burma/Myanmar, 2008
    Fuji Flex Crystal Archive fine art print

  • Inle Lake, Burma/Myanmar

    © Steve McCurry
    Inle Lake, Burma/Myanmar, 2011
    Fuji Flex Crystal Archive fine art print

  • Tibetan Holy Lake, Tibet

    © Steve McCurry
    Tibetan Holy Lake, Tibet, 2004
    Fuji Flex Crystal Archive fine art print

  • Camel Caravan, Southern Afghanistan

    © Steve McCurry
    Camel Caravan, Southern Afghanistan, 1981
    Fuji Flex Crystal Archive fine art print

  • Hazrat Ali Mosque, Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan

    © Steve McCurry
    Hazrat Ali Mosque, Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan, 1992
    Fuji Flex Crystal Archive fine art print

  • Monks Praying at Golden Rock, Myanmar/Burma

    © Steve McCurry
    Monks Praying at Golden Rock, Myanmar/Burma, 1994
    Fuji Flex Crystal Archive fine art print

  • Holi Man, Rajasthan, India

    © Steve McCurry
    Holi Man, Rajasthan, India, 1996
    Fuji Flex Crystal Archive fine art print

  • Men Lead Camels in Dust Storm, Rajastan, India

    © Steve McCurry
    Men Lead Camels in Dust Storm, Rajastan, India, 2010
    Fuji Flex Crystal Archive fine art print

  • Men Performing (Whirling Dervish), Turkey

    © Steve McCurry
    Men Performing (Whirling Dervish), Turkey, 2013
    Fuji Flex Crystal Archive fine art print

  • Mother and Child at Car Window, Mumbai, India

    © Steve McCurry
    Mother and Child at Car Window, Mumbai, India, 1993
    Fuji Flex Crystal Archive fine art print

  • Red Boy at Holi Festival, Mumbai, India

    © Steve McCurry
    Red Boy at Holi Festival, Mumbai, India, 1996
    Fuji Flex Crystal Archive fine art print

  • Red Umbrella, Agra, India

    © Steve McCurry
    Red Umbrella, Agra, India, 2000

GT Gallery, Megeve’s foremost photography venue, is delighted to announce the work by Steve McCurry, one most influential photographers alive today. Taking inspiration from his mentor, Henri Cartier-Bresson, McCurry has carried on the spirit of intrepid and striking photography making it his own through his singular use of color. He has been a prominent member of Magnum Photos since 1986.

Steve McCurry was born in 1950, in Philadelphia, United States. He first came into the spotlight in the late 1970’s when, as a budding photojournalist, he dressed in native clothing and snuck into Afghanistan – just before the Russian invasion. His resulting images, smuggled out by sewing the film into his clothes, were the first to depict the conflict and were published worldwide. As a result of the quality of the work, and the daring of the enterprise, he was awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad – the first of many major awards.

Since this life-changing moment, McCurry has worked ceaselessly, travelling the world covering the human consequences of war, from Iraq to Cambodia. However, he is not a war-photographer – his work is broad, encompassing all the many facets of the best documentary photography. His enduring interest in people, and his wide-eyed wonder at the beauty of our planet continues to drive him still, whether as a photographer of conflicts, or as a photographer of simply life.

McCurry’s uncanny ability ‘to capture a moment’ has made him a favorite of many international publications, in particular the National Geographic Magazine, to which McCurry has contributed for the last three decades. One particular cover for this magazine catapulted McCurry into world-wide attention and went on to become perhaps the world’s most recognisable photograph – his ‘Afghan Girl’, a portrait of an unidentified refugee taken in 1985. Used as the cover in June of the same year, her piercing green eyes, red head-scarf and haunting beauty transfixed readers worldwide, bringing the plight of her and her fellow refugees to international attention. The image has since graced the covers of countless books, magazines and posters. In 2002, McCurry found and identified the girl – who had never seen the photograph.

McCurry’s archive is much more than just this one image. He has found inspiration and wonder in many places, plucking exquisite, richly-colored images out of split-second moments from Tokyo to Havana. Our exhibition, Finding the Sublime, includes works from India, Afghanistan, Turkey, Ethiopia, Burma, and Switzerland. Tibet, and China.

Our exhibition promises to be one of the most popular and engaging photography exhibitions in France this winter.