Focusing in: Steve McCurry

June 28, 2010


   In1985, this Afghan refugee girl went from being plastered on the cover of National Geographic magazine to becoming a universally recognized icon of the photojournalistic world, capturing the essence of caution amidst wartime; however, although many have come to affiliate this photo with the magazine, the credit goes to the photographer, the mastermind behind the lens: Steve McCurry.

            A native of Philadelphia, McCurry has emerged as one of the most renowned photographers of the century. Throughout his career, he has travelled the world to places such as Beirut, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Gulf War and Afghanistan to capture the essence of war and its consequences on the face of humanity.

          “Most of my pictures are grounded in people. I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face. I try to convey what it is like to be that person, a person caught in a broader landscape that I guess you’d call the human condition”(

            Take a look at his gallery and you will come to know what it means to see the soul in someone’s eyes, to know who they are and realize the beauty of people.


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