Steve McCurry first travelled to Pakistan in 1979 and has been returning frequently ever since. “To me, a place like Afghanistan is fascinating to go back to and see the changes and see how that situation has evolved. So I can see going back to a place like Afghanistan over and over again. I have friends there. I’m very familiar with the political situation. It’s almost like an old friend that I want to go back and re-meet and get re-acquainted with again.” Pictured here, Peshawar in Pakistan in 2002.

A picture can express a universal humanism, or simply reveal a delicate and poignant truth by exposing a slice of life that might otherwise pass unnoticed

Steve McCurry
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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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