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In Search Of Elsewhere With Photographer Steve McCurry

Rikaze, Tibet Autonomous Region, 1989. © STEVE MCCURRY

By Everett Potter

There’s a good chance that you’ve seen Steve McCurry’s photographs many times over the last 40 years or so. Quite a few of them have appeared on the cover of National Geographic, most famously that of a young Afghan girl with piercing green eyes. While his work has been published in countless travel magazines and online sites, he is far more than a travel photographer. McCurry, whose work has a strong and almost instantly recognizable look, is closer to an anthropologist and poetic documentarian, capturing not only the foreign locales but letting us glimpse the souls of the subjects he photographs. He has served as a war photographer in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq as well as an astute observer of ancient cultures on the brink of change.


Hội An, Vietnam, 2019. © STEVE MCCURRY


Recognized with the Robert Capa Gold Medal, among many other honors, and recently inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame, he is publishing In Search of Elsewhere: Unseen Images on November 24, 2020. I caught up with McCurry on the eve of the book’s release …

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