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Steve McCurry Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs

Published on 14 Apr 2013

Steve McCurry Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs takes an unprecedented look at the work of Steve McCurry, one of today’s finest and most daring imagemakers. This is the first book to fully explore how the world-renowned photographer finds, takes and develops his uniquely iconic photographs. Presenting a personal archive of material, Steve McCurry Untold features the very best of McCurry’s most beautiful and powerful photo stories, taken from around the world over the last thirty years. Each story is illustrated with never-before-seen notes, images and ephemera – saved by McCurry from his extensive travels – and over 100 lavish, full-colour photo plates of McCurry’s most significant work. Brought to life by newly commissioned essays, the stories offer a critical narrative and give new insight and ideas into the background, experience and ideas behind McCurry’s unparalleled photography. Together, these fascinating documents reveal a new and exciting view of the story behind the story.

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Tracing the narrative behind 14 of McCurry’s most important assignments, each story provides a behind-the-scenes look at McCurry’s adventures, from first publication to their afterlife in the world, creating a documentary record of his remarkable career. The featured work covers his entire oeuvre and focuses on a broad range of themes, such as rail travel in India (1983), the plight of the Tibetan people (2000–6), the effects of the Monsoon (1984) and the events of September 11th (2001), alongside his lesser-known bodies of work on the Hazara Tribe in Afghanistan (2007), Yemen (1999), and the environmental fallout from the Gulf War in Kuwait (1991). Richly illustrated and explained, this book provides an inside perspective on Steve McCurry, creating a living biography and archive of one of photography’s greatest legends. MORE INFO HERE

Watch Steve here talking about this new book



What makes a good picture – Steve McCurry

“The debate over what makes a great photo has been raging for years and as new forms of photography and seemingly more cataclysmic world events occur it looks set to rage for a good many yet.

Undoubtedly a good photo needs compositional order, colour, shape and contrast – and it generally holds that if it doesn’t work as a thumbnail it probably won’t work as a blown up image. A good photo often has a punchline – the thing you see after you’ve looked around it. Cameras now do all the technical stuff if you let them so to the real novice that’s less of an issue than ever. So what is the X Factor a great picture must have?”.…more

Steve McCurry’s One-Minute Masterclasses

“Magnum photographer Steve McCurry’s advice is gold dust – both to aspiring photographers and those among us who just want to understand how one of the biggest names in the photography world goes about capturing the images that are recognised and celebrated across the globe. 

His eight One-Minute Masterclasses to-date have so far stressed the importance of engaging with your subject as a fellow human being, explained the best way to go about picking an unusual vantage point and revealed that maintaining a sense of humour when you’re photographing in extraordinary situtations goes a very long way.” There are 9 one minute masterclasses this link takes you to all of them

Steve McCurry, Nomad woman in yak-hair tent, Kham Province, Tibet (1999)