Steve McCurry Un­told: The Sto­ries Be­hind the Pho­to­graphs

By Steve McCurry, Phaidon, £24.95, 304 pages, pa­per­back, ISBN 978-0714877341

Amateur Photographer - - 7 Days - Tracy Calder

Re­cov­er­ing from amoe­bic dysen­tery in the late 1970s, Steve McCurry read Paul Th­er­oux’s clas­sic trav­el­ogue The Great Rail­way Bazaar. It sparked the young pho­tog­ra­pher’s in­ter­est, and in 1983 he em­barked on a five-month trip that would take him from the an­cient Khy­ber Pass in Pak­istan across north­ern In­dia to Chit­tagong in Bangladesh. Dur­ing the jour­ney, McCurry was hit on the back of the head by lowhang­ing electrical wires while trav­el­ling atop a train car­riage, but judg­ing from the pic­tures he came back with it didn’t af­fect his eye for a great picture. This is just one of 14 photo es­says show­cased in Steve McCurry Un­told (pub­lished in hard­back in 2013). This pa­per­back ver­sion main­tains the im­pact of the ear­lier edi­tion, and the sto­ries be­hind the im­ages el­e­vate the book above a stan­dard ‘great­est hits’ com­pi­la­tion. ★★★★★

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