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Portraits Hardcover – June 17, 1999
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This purchase worked out very well. The book looks almost brand new. I will be purchasing more books through Amazon in the future!Published on May 16, 2014 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 on March 16, 2014 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 on March 4, 2014 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 on February 12, 2014 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