a life be­hind the lens

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

Steve Mc­curry has been one of the most rev­ered fig­ures in con­tem­po­rary photography for more than 30 years. Born in Philadel­phia, Penn­syl­va­nia, Mc­curry stud­ied cin­e­matog­ra­phy at Penn­syl­va­nia State Univer­sity be­fore go­ing on to work for a news­pa­per. After two years, he made the first of what would be­come many trips to In­dia. From there, he crossed the bor­der into Pak­istan and then into Afghanistan, where he em­bed­ded him­self with the Mujahideen on the eve of the Rus­sian oc­cu­pa­tion. His images were among the first to show the world the bru­tal­ity of the Rus­sian in­va­sion. Since then, Mc­curry has gone on to cre­ate a body of work that spans con­flicts, van­ish­ing cul­tures, an­cient tra­di­tions and con­tem­po­rary cul­ture, and has been recog­nised with the Robert Capa Gold Medal, Na­tional Press Pho­tog­ra­phers As­so­ci­a­tion Mag­a­zine Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year award, and four first prizes in the World Press Photo con­test.

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