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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.

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