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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714864625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714864624
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 9.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Spread over some 250 pages are famous and lesser-known images, as well as anecdotes and shots of ephemera he gathered along the way, including letters and journal pages.—The Wall Street Journal

An incredibly thorough book. . . This collection helps us understand how and why someone could create images like those, and makes us all the more thankful for them. . . This book represents a great addition to any photo library.—Photographer's Forum

An engrossing new book about his career, Steve McCurry Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs contains photo series, essays, journals, and assignment letters.—Newsweek/The Daily Beast

McCurry takes readers on an amazing global journey in Untold. . . This is a book suited for both browsing and focused reading.—Bookpage

Untold spans 30 years of McCurry's career and includes fascinating ephemera from his travels: diary entries, photos of him at work, and some of the 20-plus passports he's gone through over the decades. McCurry survived the Slovenia plane crash, as well as armed robbers and bombings in Afghanistan, but what comes through in his images is wonder, rather than suffering. He manages to make the world seem enormous and quite small; exotic, and somehow familiar.—TIME LightBox

. . .[McCurry] gives you a sense of not just the event but the intimate nature of photographing the event as well. The reader is offered an authentic glance behind the scenes at the life of a true voyager. Untold is an essential read for any aspiring photojournalist or anyone with that wanderlust spirit.—Photo.net, "Best Photography Books of 2013"

We've seen McCurry's greatest hits. . . Here we get the anecdotes behind these images, as well as a slew of lesser-known shots that indicate his ever-ready camera and trigger finger.—American Photo

About the Author

Steve McCurry (b.1950) launched his career as a photojournalist when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into Afghanistan thirty years ago. His remarkable coverage won him the Robert Capa Gold Medal, which is awarded to photographers who exhibit exceptional courage and enterprise. A recipient of an unprecedented four World Press Photo first prizes in a single year, many of McCurry's images have since become modern icons. Famous for his work across Southeast Asia, McCurry's photographs are beautiful, uplifting and affecting. McCurry is a regular contributor to many international journals including National Geographic magazine. He is a member of Magnum Photos.

More About the Author

Steve McCurry has been a one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than 30 years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

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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Amazing stories behind memorable photographs.
Donna M Farrell
These are iconic photographs and to read the stories behind them makes this book a five-star.
Steve P. Sanders
You can spend hours reading this book and looking at the photos!
Bridget Johnson

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By asiana VINE VOICE on October 25, 2013
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I have many of Steve McCurry's photograph books and have also given them as gifts. To find that through this book he shared the stories behind the photographs, well, it made for a wonderful afternoon of photo viewing. And, as an aside, through an interview on television, he stated that he, due to an accident, could only use one arm to shoot these astonishing photos, made his accomplishments even more special. Highly, highly recommended!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linda Patterson on October 16, 2013
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His courage and bravery for photographing parts of the world that are hard to capture let alone entering is amazing.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steve P. Sanders on September 21, 2013
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These are iconic photographs and to read the stories behind them makes this book a five-star. The printing is beautiful and I highly recommend it for everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kami1019 on March 8, 2014
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I have many of Mr. McCurry's photo books. Adding a lot of back stories to his amazing photography immensely enhanced this book. I highly recommend this book to everyone. This is a book that I started reading and then couldn't put down; both for the narrative and the always amazing photography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sally A. West on December 22, 2013
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This was a gift for my friend. She could NOT put it down! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys these stories along with the pictures,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna M Farrell on November 24, 2013
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This was a gift for a family member and the feedback was very positive. All ages in their household enjoyed the book individually and in small groups too. Amazing stories behind memorable photographs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Tran on November 3, 2013
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This book has many of his iconic photos plus the stories behind them. The print quality is excellent, probably as good as the prints in his Iconic book and they are large prints. You will spend many hours to finish it. This book is a bargain!
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