The exhibition will present 107 of the best photographs from career of Steve McCurry, the contemporary icon of world photography, including author’s most important photograph, the portrait “Afghan Girl”.
The exhibition and accompanying program is organized Czech Federation of Photographic Art under the auspices of the U.S. Embassy Prague .
Accompanying program – every Tuesday from 6 pm until 8 pm:
09/08/2015 – Discussion and Book signing – Steve McCurry and Antonin Kratochvil
09/15/2015 – National Geographic magazine evening
09/22/2015 – Discussion and Book signing – Petra Dolezalova and Libor Spacek
09/29/2015 – FotoVideo magazine evening
The work of Steve McCurry, the photographs praised by the professionals and non – professionals alike will be exhibited for the fi rst time in the Czech Republic. The exhibited works will consist of 107 large format photographs among which we can fi nd winning photographs from World Press Photo and many others esteemed competitions. The exhibition will be dominated by author’s most important photograph, the portrait “Afghan Girl”.
Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic fi gures in contemporary photography for more than thirty years. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, McCurry studied cinematography at Pennsylvania State University, before going on to work for a newspaper. After two years, McCurry made his fi rst of what would become many trips to India. Traveling with little more than a bag of clothes and fi lm, he made his way across the subcontinent, exploring the country with his camera. It was after several months of travel that he crossed the border into Pakistan. In a small village he met a group of refugees from Afghanistan, who smuggled him across the border into their country, just as the Russian invasion was closing the country to Western journalists. Emerging in traditional dress, with full beard and weather-worn features after months embedded with the Mujahedeen, McCurry made his way over the Pakistan border with his film sewn into his clothes. McCurry‘s images were among the first to show the world the brutality of the Russian invasion.
Since then, McCurry has gone on to create unforgettable images over six continents and numerous countries. His body of work spans confl icts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike – yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of the Afghan Girl such a powerful image. McCurry continued to cover armed confl icts, including the Iran-Iraq War, Lebanon Civil War, the Cambodian Civil War, the Islamic insurgency in the Philippines, the Gulf War and the Afghan Civil War.
McCurry focuses on the human consequences of war, not only showing what war impresses on the landscape, but rather, on the human face. “Most of my images are grounded in people. I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face. I try to convey what it is like to be that person, a person caught in a broader landscape, that you could call the human condition.”
McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, National Press Photographers Award, and an unprecedented four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest amongst dozens of others.