Steve McCurry – The Iconic Photographs

© Steve McCurry

A photographer like Steve McCurry needs no introduction but for those who don’t know him or his work, he’s the award winning photographer who made the Afghan Girl portrait. It has to be one of the top 10 most recognisable portraits of all times. Afghan Girl portrait is just one of many iconic images he has made over the course of the last 3 decades. His work has made the cover of National Geographic on numerous occasions and is also a member of Magnum Photos’s.

I got my hands on this book a few months ago and as the name suggests, it is a collection of his most iconic photographs over the last 30 years or so, mostly photographed in Asia. 

© Steve McCurry

The book has 272 pages and measures 380 x 275 mm (15 x 10 7/8 in) so its a big book even for a coffee table book but that’s not a bad thing. True it can’t be lugged around but it would sit well on a table in your living room for sure. The paper has a glossy finish to it, works brilliantly for coloured images. 

It has full page images and spreads which make the photographs look gorgeous, you don’t want to be seeing his work any other way. It’s evident that most images we see in the book were shot on film which just make it so much more interesting. Given my love for black and whites, I wish he had more of them but thats ok, to each his own. Its hard to imagine photographing the streets of India, Bhutan, Thailand etc and not having those rich and vibrant colours, I guess I would have done the same. 

Overall, its a masterpiece and a must have for any coffee table book collector. If you’re a photographer, then you must own one just to learn composition from this master photographer

© Steve McCurry

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