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Steve’s freelance career spans more than 30 years, and includes some iconic portrait photographs
Steve McCurry began his career as a press photographer in Pennsylvania before travelling to India to work as a freelance photographer.
He won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for his coverage of the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, which he slipped across the border from
Pakistan to photograph.
McCurry’s photograph of Sharbat Gula, better known as ‘the Afghan Girl’, appeared on the June 1985 cover of
It is the ‘most recognized photograph’ in the 125-year history of the magazine. In 2002 McCurry met Gula for a second time.