Saturday, December 10, 2011

His Pictures are worth a thousand words


You probably wouldn't recognize this man if you saw him walking down the street, much less know his name. But, chances are you've seen his photography time and time again. His name is Steve McCurry, one of the best photographers in the world.

Steve McCurry
National Geographic Photographer
“I'm walking down the street, just responding to life or in a particular area, just responding to what I see and what interests me I guess.”

His assignments have taken him around the world. More than just pictures, his work captures emotions, situations and even vulnerabilities.

The exhibit in Rome's Testaccio neighborhood includes more than 200 of his photographs. Some describe it as a photo album of humanity.

Fabio Novembre
Steve McCurry Exhibit, Curator (Rome)
“You feel like you're part of it. You feel like it's the book that's telling your story. The story of the whole planet.”

In the last 30 years, he's taken thousands of pictures, but there is one, that stands out from the rest....They are the piercing eyes that captured the world so to speak. The image of a young refugee girl from Afghanistan.

Steve McCurry
National Geographic Photographer
“I mean it almost seems like a dream to have, in a few moments, to have made that picture and for it to have an incredible impact on my life and her life.”

The pictures are mounted in oval structures that are meant to represent small villages. The curator says the time and place where the pictures were taken are irrelevant to the actual order of the exhibit. Rather, they are meant to symbolize the universal factor of raw emotions.

Fabio Novembre
Steve McCurry Exhibit, Curator (Rome)
“Proud, dignity, that you can read into the eyes of all the people in these pictures.”

The exhibit will run through April 2012. Even though it seems that McCurry has done it all, he says he's not done just yet.

Steve McCurry
National Geographic Photographer
“I'd like to go to Madagascar, Iran. I'd like to go to Mongolia. I'd like to spend more time in Russia to explore some of these cultures.”

It's hard to define McCurry's work, but one thing is obvious: his pictures are worth a thousand words.

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