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Portraits Hardcover – June 17, 1999
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Born in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; McCurry studied film at Pennsylvania State University, before going on to work for a local newspaper. After several years of freelance work, McCurry made his first of what would become many trips to India. Traveling with little more than a bag of clothes and another of film, he made his way across the subcontinent, exploring the country with his camera.
It was after several months of travel that he found himself crossing the border into Pakistan. There, he met a group of refugees from Afghanistan, who smuggled him across the border into their country, just as the Russian Invasion was closing the country to all western journalists. Emerging in traditional dress, with full beard and weather-worn features after weeks embedded with the Mujahideen, McCurry brought the world the first images of the conflict in Afghanistan, putting a human face to the issue on every masthead.
Since then, McCurry has gone on to create stunning images over six continents and countless countries. His work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike - yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of the Afghan Girl such a powerful image.
McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, National Press Photographers Award, and an unprecedented four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest, to name a few.
Published books include The Imperial Way (1985), Monsoon (1988), Portraits (1999), South Southeast (2000), Sanctuary (2002), The Path to Buddha: A Tibetan Pilgrimage (2003), Steve McCurry (2005), Looking East (2006) In the Shadow of Mountains (2007), The Unguarded Moment. (2009) and The Iconic Photographs (2011)
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While surfing the web, I was fortunate to find a supplementary companion for Steve McCurry’s book of Portraits; it is a well-made web site that provides a sample of 48 imagines taken from the book. Along with a short bio of the author, video clip of varies shooting locations and year and location of which each photo presented was taken.
This is a sample of our faces. There are no words in this book, just a face on the right-hand page and a place and year on the left. There doesn't seem to be any special order by place, time, or theme. Any order present is probably in the reader's mind only - not a bad thing, I think.
Young, old, man, woman, and some I'm just not sure about. The most varied in dress and adornment may be the many photos from India. The most varied in the people themselves may be Mali. As a group, the most beautiful may be the faces of Niger. The most startling, by far, are the Afghanis - so familiar in their features, but so very far from from my own world. If you don't like my answers, ask again. I'll probably have a different impression each time I look through this wondeful book.
And of course, there is "Pakistan 1985," the cover model. That may be the most famous, certainly the most arresting portrait of the modern era. The face is warm and somber, but the eyes look back out of the page, and into the viewer. I wonder whether they see more than my eyes can.
Portraits is filled with other remarkable photos of people. Ordinary people from ordinary places. The color schemes and balance in the photographs are mesmerizing. As one pages through the book, the clear oneness of humankind shows through. Many of the photos of children defy description. McCurry says in the prologue that faces stare back at him from places he will never forget. The book's message to me is that there are people all over the world whom we should never forget.
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This purchase worked out very well. The book looks almost brand new. I will be purchasing more books through Amazon in the future!Published 21 months ago by Sheryl Alice Bursley
The photographs are the best. Each shows different clothing, faces, and tiny details of humans. I used it for a gift for my doctor who has the most incredible books in his... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Erak
The book is full of nice portraits. Too bad it's small. If this book were bigger, the pictures would be more stunning. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ferdi
As the title states this book contains a series of portraits. Nothing more, nothing less. There is nothing particularly creative in the photographs when it comes to lighting and... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Peter Davies
McCurry is either a genius or something close to one. Almost any given portrait in this book is stunning. Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by Jonker
I love love the cover picture! Interesting to look through to see different faces through out the world but it is just portraits of people so it's like you only look at it once and... Read morePublished on November 28, 2013 by Heather
The colors are intense, and the price is very fair for the amount of pages. This is the older version though. Beware. It doesn't include McCurry's newer portraits.Published on October 3, 2013 by Fred C