An unprecedented backstage look at the work of Steve McCurry, one of the most celebrated and respected photo-journalists. A documentary and narration on 14 photo-reports produced worldwide
A documentary and the story of 14 photo-reports produced worldwide throughout his long career. Every story is illustrated with notes, pictures, portraits, maps, newspaper articles and objects – many appearing for the first time – from the reporter’s personal archives. A critical account explains what was happening off-camera and the experiences and intentions behind the taking of these incomparable photographs. This is not just a photographic book, it describes the historical and political contexts of the reports. Richly illustrated, it offers a new angle on Steve McCurry and traces a picture biography of a living legend of modern photography. One of the most fascinating stories in the book is that of the “Afghan girl”, the most famous photograph in the history of National Geographic. The identity of this young Afghan girl remained unknown for more than 17 years, until McCurry and a National Geographic team found the grown woman Sharbat Gula in 2002. When McCurry found her at last, he said: “Her skin is weathered, there are wrinkles now, but she’s as striking as the young girl I photographed 17 years ago.” His first report won him the Robert Capa Gold Medal, one of the most prestigious prizes in the world and awarded to the bravest and most enterprising photographers.