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Holi is a Hindu festival that takes place across India each year to celebrate the arrival of spring and to signify the victory of good over evil. The Hindu festival sees people celebrating on the streets and in temples by throwing coloured powder and water at each other. Pictured here, a boy during Holi in Mumbai, 1996.

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

Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry was born in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. McCurry studied film at Pennsylvania State University, before going on to work for a local newspaper.

After several years of freelance work, McCurry made his first of what would become many trips to India. Since then, McCurry has gone on to create evocative images in over six continents and countless countries, with scores of magazine and book covers, as well as solo global exhibitions. His image of a young Afghan refugee with piercing eyes—the June 1985 National Geographic cover—has become one of the most distinctive in photographic history.

McCurry has been a contributor to Magnum since 1986.

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