Author(s): Steve Mccurry
Now in paperback, a selection of the very best of McCurry's powerful portraits from South and Southeast Asia
This portfolio contains a selection of the best and most poignant portraits by Steve McCurry, a photographer known and loved the world over for his beautiful and enduring images of the landscapes and people of South and Southeast Asia. The collection includes iconic as well as lesser-known portraits of children, monks, pilgrims, and travellers that McCurry has encountered on his journeys throughout Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Pakistan, and Tibet.
"The monks, travellers, children, pilgrims and parents pictured here engage both the eye and emotion, and leave a lingering sense of the universality of feelings beneath the varied traditional garb displayed so sumptuously here."—Traveller
"Further evidence of McCurry's standing as one of the finest photojournalists of his generation."—Metro
"An almost anthropological subsection of humanity, an extraordinarily beautiful historical document for future times."—Sunday Herald
"Nothing short of outstanding... Wonderful images. Every one is worth lingering over and the generous presentation – one picture per spread – really gives each image the breathing space it deserves. Just buy a copy and look into the eyes of every portrait – we guarantee you'll be moved."—Photography Monthly
"Steve McCurry's lushly poignant shots of the people and places of Asia have yielded some of the best know photographic icons of our time... His images often dance on a knife-edge between sensuality and tragedy, sentiment and anguish."—Independent
"Evocative... documents [McCurry's] journey to capture the essence and soul of a country through its people and landscape."—Thomas Cook Trave
Steve McCurry (b.1950) launched his career as a photojournalist when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into Afghanistan before the Russian invasion. His coverage won him the Robert Capa Gold Medal, which is awarded to photographers exhibiting exceptional courage and enterprise. Famous also for his work in Southeast Asia, his photographs are beautiful, uplifting and powerful. McCurry has worked for National Geographic magazine for many years and is a member of the prestigious Magnum agency. Exhibitions of his work have been held all over the world and his previous books include The Imperial Way (1985), Monsoon (1988) and Portraits (Phaidon, 1999).