The Stories Behind the Photographs
For the first time, the multi-award-winning photographer Steve McCurry has opened up his personal archive to the world, to create a landmark new book, Steve McCurry Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs, published this September by Phaidon.
For over 30 years, McCurry has not only kept every copy of the magazine or newspaper that first published his pictures, but also his own personal journals, train tickets, maps, press passes, itineraries, thematic notes and even restaurant receipts. Amassed and hidden for decades, they capture all the inspirations, technical difficulties, and even a number of arrests that lie behind the finished works.
Granted exclusive access, Phaidon has selected and scanned to the highest quality over 1,000 examples of these previously unseen documents and archival material, to unearth and bring to life the extraordinary stories behind over 200 of McCurry’s most iconic photographs, across 14 assignments, from his earliest in Afghanistan, 1979 to recent trips to Vietnam in 2007.
Offering an unprecedented chance to understand the man behind the camera that has taken some of the world’s best-known pictures such as the Afghan girl, Steve McCurry Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs illustrates the extraordinary lengths McCurry has been willing to go to, to get his shots.
Appealing to all aspiring and professionals photographers, travel and cultural enthusiasts, Steve McCurry Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs has something extraordinary to offer. It is the living biography and archive of one of photography’s greatest legends; a chance to explore his fascination from the age of 11 with the Indian monsoon, gain invaluable advice on capturing the extremities of weather conditions and the people who live (and suffer) through them, and delve beneath the surface into the deeper symbolic meaning behind astounding photographs such as the bicycles hanging on the side of a train, West Benghal, India, 1983 (above).
About the author
Steve McCurry (b.1950) launched his career as a photojournalist when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into Afghanistan over twenty years ago. His remarkable coverage won him the Robert Capa Gold Medal, which is awarded to photographers who exhibit exceptional courage and enterprise.
Famous also for his work in Southeast Asia, McCurry’s photographs are beautiful, uplifting and affecting. Today McCurry is one of the most widely admired and critically‐acclaimed contemporary photographers. McCurry is a regular contributor to many international journals including National Geographic magazine. He is a member of Magnum Photos.
Published September 2013 by Phaidon
Hardback, 264 pages with 500 colour and black and white illustrations
Size: 13 5/8 x 9 5/8 inches
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