20.12.2014 — 04.04.2015
“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.”
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.