Reporters Without Borders is proud to announce that the next book in its series of “100 Photos for Press Freedom,” to be published on 13 September, will consist of the finest pictures that US photographer Steve McCurry has taken in Afghanistan during the past 30 years.
McCurry has been capturing moments in time, people’s expressions and the looks in their eyes for decades. His sense of colour and light combined with his sensitivity and poetry has made his work a landmark in photography.
Born in Philadelphia, he set off for India in 1978, the first of a long series of trips. Dressed in local costume, he entered a rebel-held area of Afghanistan clandestinely in 1979 and shared the everyday life of the Mujahideen for weeks. When he finally returned, the rolls of film sown into his clothes yielded photos that were published all over the world and were some of the first images to emerge of this war. It was while working for National Geographic in 1985 that he took one of his most famous photos, his portrait of Shabat Gula, an Afghan girl with green eyes. It became an icon of contemporary photography throughout the world.
A member of Magnum Photos since 1986, McCurry went on to cover wars in many other parts of the world including Lebanon, Cambodia, former Yugoslavia and the Gulf. The Robert Capa Gold Medal for his coverage of the war in Afghanistan was the first of many prestigious awards that included four first-place World Press Photo prizes in the same year, an unrivalled achievement.
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