Steve McCurry was born on February 24, 1950 in Pennsylvania, attended Penn State University. He is an American photojournalist, best known for his photograph “Afghan Girl” that originally appeared in National Geographic Magazine. He originally planned to study Cinematography and Filmmaking, but ended up getting a degree in theater arts and graduating in 1974.
He became interested in Photography when he started taking pictures for the Penn State Newspaper The Daily Collegian. After working at Today’s Post in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania for 2 years, he left for India to freelance. It was here that McCurry learned to watch and wait on life. “If you wait,” he realized, “people will forget your camera and the soul will drift up into view!”
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Magazine Photographer of the Year, awarded by the National Press Photographers Association. This was the same year in which he won an unprecedented four first prizes in the World Press Photo contest. He has won the Olivier Rebbot Award twice.
McCurry has covered many areas of international and civil conflict, including Beirut, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Gulf War, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Tibet. He focuses on the human consequences of war, not only showing what war impresses on the landscape, but rather, on the human face.
McCurry has published books including The Imperial Way (1985), Monsoon (1988), Portraits (1999), South Southeast (2000), Sanctuary (2002), The Path to Buddha: A Tibetan Pilgrimage (2003), Steve McCurry (2005), and Looking East (2006).
So, here are 10 of his most famous photographs: