New Book: Steve McCurry: A Life in Pictures, by Bonnie McCurry
The selection of photographs includes Steve’s best-known shots
and more than 100 previously unpublished images.
Also included are personal notes, telegrams and
visual ephemera from his travels and assignments,
all accompanied by his sister’s text, personal recollections
and family stories.
Most of my pictures are grounded in people.
I look for the unguarded moment, experience etched on a person’s face.
I try to convey what it is like to be that person, a person caught in
a broader landscape that I guess you’d call the human condition.
– Steve McCurry
In his portraits, I see the clearest reflection of Steve’s most
dearly held value: respect.
– Bonnie McCurry, pg 182 in English version
McCurry has an uncanny ability to cross boundaries of
language and culture to capture stories of human experience,
and make images that embrace the audience
rather than distance them.
– Giles Huxley-Parlour
The undercurrent of positivity that runs through his work makes
him extraordinarily popular with the public, who find his
work speaks to them in ways that other photographers cannot manage.
He is not afraid to confront trauma and hardship, but nor is he artistically
compromised by joy and beauty–to me, this makes him a
standout photographer of our times…
– Giles Huxley-Parlour
I think we’re all fascinated with each other; we all have the same face
but yet we’re all different.
That difference is fascinating because so often there’s an
incredible story told on our faces.
– Steve McCurry
To me, the half-hidden smiles and open eyes that so often appear in these portraits imply that these portraits are not Steve’s alone; rather they are collaborations of a sort. These people give themselves to Steve, and in turn, Steve gives them the opportunity to tell their story to the world.
– Bonnie McCurry
Steve McCurry: A Life in Pictures
Available in Italian – Mondadori/Electa
Available in German – Knesebeck publishers
Available in English – Laurence King Publishers
Available in French- La Martiniere
29 replies on “Portraits”
Many thanks in this year! Merry Xmas & Happy Nnew Year!!!
All these photos are so great again. You have amazing ability to capture portrait of people so that it tells a story about the life they live. And what´s also amazing, they are technically so great, exactly right direction of light and background.There was one picture from Karelia, Russia. It´s very near Finland, where I live. Before WW2 Karelia belonged mostly to Finland, but we lost it during the wars and pact for peach. It would be interesting to see other pictures you took in Karelia.
Awesome images…awesome portraits…
My favorite is the first one. The beautiful color, the use of light, and the piercing eyes. Excellent as is all of your work!
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This is a greater facebook shown here. It’s just so amazing.
I love and look forward to your posts.. they inspire me xx thank you
Portraits, especially of those I know well, are my favorite photos. I love to capture the people I love as I see them at the moment. These are just wonderful.
Thank yoy Stevebhai for these most amazing and powerful photos
Soulful portraits, Steve. Thank you.
These photos are amazing! Crystal clear.
Stunning images. You definitely capture each subject’s soul when you make a photo of them.
Thank you, Steve, for these wonderful images. We need them more than ever.
God, such amazing beautiful images. So much more powefull than so much of what passes for “Art” today. Truly touch my heart.
God, such wonderful images, so much more powerful than what often passes for “Art” these days. They truly steal the heart. Love your work, Steve.
Absolutely stunning. Thank you so much for the beauty and emotion. ❤
Marvellous images, thoughtful, attentive captures.
What a gift! To be able to capture so many shades of life.
I don’t know that a book will work for me, but do you sell individual photos Steve? Your work is amazing and I look forward to each email that brings another group of photos.
Cheers Carolyn Griffin
Wonderful photographs. 👍👏
fotografias espectaculares. saludos desde colombia
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Love your photography!! I ordered your book and I’m waiting on it. TY!! … on another note, the reblog button is here but I can’t reblog your post. I always like to share. Wonder why …. be well!! Peace … __/l\__ Horty!!
Lovely flashback of some incredible images.
Lovely flashback to some incredible images.
what a gift for Christmas…
thank you, Steve, from Franca