Steve McCurry Untold : The Stories Behind the Photographs, Hardback

Steve McCurry Untold : The Stories Behind the Photographs Hardback

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Steve McCurry Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs takes an unprecedented look at the work of Steve McCurry, one of today's finest and most daring imagemakers.

This is the first book to fully explore how the world-renowned photographer finds, takes and develops his uniquely iconic photographs.

Presenting a personal archive of material, Steve McCurry Untold features the very best of McCurry's most beautiful and powerful photo stories, taken from around the world over the last thirty years.

Each story is illustrated with never-before-seen notes, images and ephemera - saved by McCurry from his extensive travels - and over 100 lavish, full-colour photo plates of McCurry's most significant work.

Brought to life by newly commissioned essays, the stories offer a critical narrative and give new insight and ideas into the background, experience and ideas behind McCurry's unparalleled photography.

Together, these fascinating documents reveal a new and exciting view of the story behind the story. Tracing the narrative behind 14 of McCurry's most important assignments, each story provides a behind-the-scenes look at McCurry's adventures, from first publication to their afterlife in the world, creating a documentary record of his remarkable career.

The featured work covers his entire oeuvre and focuses on a broad range of themes, such as rail travel in India (1983), the plight of the Tibetan people (2000-6), the effects of the Monsoon (1984) and the events of September 11th (2001), alongside his lesser-known bodies of work on the Hazara Tribe in Afghanistan (2007), Yemen (1999), and the environmental fallout from the Gulf War in Kuwait (1991).

Richly illustrated and explained, this book provides an inside perspective on Steve McCurry, creating a living biography and archive of one of photography's greatest legends.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 264 pages, 500
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Individual photographers
  • ISBN: 9780714864624



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This is a book of the stories behind the pictures that tell the stories. Steve McCurry's photos are stunning - his use in many of his photographs of two or three extremely vibrant colors that just jump out of the page at you is absolutely amazing and allows those photos to have such an impact on the viewer. Combining this with the back story of the hows, whys, wheres, and whos of his work, providing an explanation of his process, makes for a very interesting and engaging book! Included are his coverage of wars and strife in primarily Asian and Middle Eastern countries, his serendipitous and horrifying photos of the collapsing Twin Towers on 9/11, and his exploration and documentation of cultures before they disappear into a different landscape and the modern age. I especially enjoyed reading about his iconic photo of the Afghan girl with the beautiful green eyes, and the follow up story of trying to track the same women down years later - I remember seeing both articles in National Geographic many years ago. McCurry says, "Through my pictures, I can help others to explore the planet," and I for one am grateful to get this fantastic glimpse of people and places so far off the beaten path for many of us.

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