Capturing the world through photography.One of the most prominent contemporary photographers of our time and a top contributer to international photographic cooperative Magnum Photos
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The World in a Snapshot
Sometimes, a picture just shouts out to you. Afghan Girl, which appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1985, showed the world the sufferings of the refugees from the Afghan War. How did this picture, which still resonates with people decades after it was taken, come to be?
Steve McCurry, a member of Magnum Photos, a prestigious international cooperative of photojournalists, has been capturing in photographs the tragedies in the world’s conflict and disaster sites for the last 40 years. In this lecture of GREAT MINDS, he reveals what drove him to risk his life to go to these danger zones and the ups and downs of his journey in becoming the world-renowned photographer he is today, along with how to capture a moment so it will last forever.
Steve McCurry, who has spent his life watching the world through a viewfinder, tells the story beyond that lens. The shocking and moving tale of what he went through until a masterpiece could be born will make you think about the meaning of life and its essence.
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Induction into the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (2019) Lowell Thomas Gold Award (2006) United Nations International Photographic Council: Special Recognition Award (2002) Olivier Rebbot Memorial Award (1985, 1992) Robert Capa Gold Medal Award (1980) Member of Magnum Photos, an international photographic cooperative (1986–)
Steve McCurry gained international acclaim as a photographer when his photo, Afghan Girl, appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1985. He is one of the most famous photographers of Magnum Photos, an international photographic cooperative, of which he has been a member since 1986.
McCurry captured through his camera the major inflection points in modern history, from the Afghan war in 1979 to the First Gulf War in 1991 to the September 11 attacks. His photographs cut through language, culture, and borders, conveying people and nature as they are. After receiving the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award in 1980, he has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards, including the 1985 Olivier Rebbot Memorial Award, the 2002 UN International Photographic Council Special Recognition Award, and the 2006 Lowell Thomas Gold Award.
McCurry, who was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame in 2019, is still capturing vivid images of life around us as he has been doing for the last 40 years, ever since he first picked up a camera.
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