Steve McCurry – Unguarded Moments

18.06 - 30.08.2015
  • SRILANKA-10006_web

    SRILANKA-10006_web

  • PAKISTAN-10003_web

    PAKISTAN-10003_web

  • JAPAN-10009_web

    JAPAN-10009_web

  • INDIA-10005NF4_web

    INDIA-10005NF4_web

  • ETHIOPIA-10235_web

    ETHIOPIA-10235_web

  • CHINA-10018NF2_web

    CHINA-10018NF2_web

Steve McCurry is one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world.

As a young man after several months of travel, he found himself crossing the border into Pakistan. There, he met a group of refugees from Afghanistan, who smuggled him across the border into their country, just as the Russian Invasion was closing the country to all western journalists. Emerging in traditional dress, with full beard and weather-worn features after weeks embedded with the Mujahideen, McCurry brought the world the first images of the conflict in Afghanistan, putting a human face to the issue on every masthead.

Since then, McCurry has gone on to create stunning images over six continents and countless countries. His work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike – yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of the Afghan Girl such a powerful image. Each of his pictures stands on its own, with its own place and feeling. Each portrait speaks a thousand words about its subject and their world. His images, loved all over the world, often dance on a knife-edge between sensuality and tragedy, sentiment and anguish.

I am drawn back to South and Southeast Asia time and time again, lured by the thousand-year-old temples, the vibrant colors of religious rites and festivals, the pungent spices that pepper the air, and the overwhelming sense of history that surrounds an area so unchanged over the centuries. But, it is particularly the people – from Afghanistan to Indonesia – who have captured my imagination. In searching for a new photo I always look for fleeting, unguarded moments and attempt to capture the personal experiences that are indelibly etched on a face, and South and Southeast Asia the multitude of experiences and lives is astounding. The portraits cover a wide range of ages from tiny infants to the very elderly, and demonstrate numerous expressions and a wealth of experiences. Each image reflects a sense of trust and openness towards the camera and, by association, to the viewer themselves. The pictures tell of a desire to make contact with one another during a split-second of their lives. Some of these faces are from places or situations that I do not want to remember, but all are faces that I shall never forget…

Steve McCurry was born in 1950 in a suburb of Philadelphia. He studied film at Pennsylvania State University, before going on to work for a local newspaper. After several years of freelance work, McCurry made his first of what would becomes scores of trips to India. Traveling with little more than a bag of clothes and another of film, he made his way across the subcontinent, exploring the country with his camera. McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, which is awarded to photographers exhibiting exceptional courage and enterprise. He has worked for National Geographic magazine for many years and is a member of the prestigious Magnum agency.

Exhibition open: Pon. - Sob.: 10-20; Nie.: 12-18