Steve McCurry — Rétrospective
Past: June 27 → September 21, 2014
The retrospective at The Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image presents 127 photos spanning the past 27 years: conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture are all depicted in his powerful images. The exhibition also presents some new photographs taken in his recent trips to India and in Tibet.
Born in Philadelphia in 1950, Steve McCurry has been a one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than 30 years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.
McCurry 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 become many 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.
It was after several months of travel that 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.
McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, National Press Photographers Award, and an unprecedented four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest, to name a few. The order appointing in the Order of Arts et Lettres has been signed by the Minister of French Culture and Communication in 2013 for the promotion of foreign dignitaries.