Most people probably don’t know his name, but almost everyone has seen his images. Steve McCurry is probably the most famous for his image of Sharbat Gula, the Afghani refugee girl with the striking eyes. It has been said that this image is the most recognizable photograph in the world. That is saying a lot. While Steve McCurry is easily one of the best photographers and image creators in the world, he is not a household name. I’m sure he doesn’t care.
His color photography has made him a name and won him many accolades throughout his illustrious career. He has had images featured on magazine covers, newspapers, and almost every other medium possible. None of that mattered to Steve.
What makes Steve McCurry’s images so striking is not what he went through to get them, but his ability to capture the ‘soul’ and ‘essence’ of his subjects. Far from portrait-style photography in a studio setting, his photo-journalistic style, composition, color, and ability to snap the shutter at just the right time is what sets his images apart from all the rest.
Here is the photograph of the afgan girl after she was found
While gear doesn’t make the image, having good tools can certainly help. The key to McCurry’s success as an image creator is volume. Over his photographic career, he has accumulated 800,000 slides. The old adage of “Practice makes perfect” would seem to hold true when it comes to McCurry’s images.
Steve McCurry is definitely one of my favorite Photographers the way he plays with colors and light is just amazing. the way he lets things happen infront of him and shoots away and his curiosity to me simply make his photographs very interesting.
these are some of my favorite images by Steve McCurry
Steve McCurry Utar Pradesh , Inde 1999