Steve McCurry is an award winning American editorial photographer who’s covered a number of armed conflicts in the Middle-East and Asia.
In his portraits McCurry always focuses on the human consequences of war, not only showing what war impresses on the landscape, but rather, on the human face.
A good portrait is one that says something about the person. We usually see parts of ourselves in others, so the
good portrait should also say something about the human condition. Here is our choice of top Steve McCurry portaits.
McCurry took his most recognized portrait, “Afghan Girl“, in a refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan. The image itself was named as “the most recognized photograph” in the history of the National Geographic magazine and her face became famous as the cover photograph on the June 1985 issue.
The photo has also been widely used on Amnesty International brochures, posters, and calendars. The identity of the “Afghan Girl” remained unknown for over 17 years until McCurry and a National Geographic team located the woman, Sharbat Gula, in 2002.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Magazine Photographer of the Year, awarded by the National Press Photographers Association.
The same year, he won an unprecedented four first-place prizes in the World Press Photo contest. In 2014, he was awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal.
Steve McCurry is portrayed in a TV documentary The Face of the Human Condition (2003) by French award-winning filmmaker Denis Delestrac.
In May 2013 Steve McCurry was Pirelli’s inspired choice of photographer to shoot the pictures for the 2013 Pirelli Calendar in Rio de Janeiro.