May 15, 2014

National Geographic Photographer Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry, a photojournalist best known for his photograph "Afghan Girl", which originally appeared in the National Geographic Magazine in June 1985 put this photographer on the map, so to speak.  He attended Penn State University and graduated in 1974 with a degree in theater arts.  It wasn't until he started working for a Penn State Newspaper called The Daily Collegian, that he became interested in Photography.

Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry
A few weeks ago, I discovered this photographer.  I trekked my way to my local library and brought home every book I could find about him. Most of his work is portraits. Right now I am trying to learn how to take exceptional pictures the way Mr. McCurry does.  Portraits are more than a photograph but a mini memoir for all to see.  The story is in the face, especially the eyes. He said, "If you wait, people will forget your camera and the soul will drift into view." 

Not only has Mr. McCurry worked in far off places like Afghanistan, India, Burma, but has worked on special projects with a good cause. He took pictures of models for the Pirelli Calendar and the proceeds went to help various organizations around the world. Besides, you get to see a master at work.