Steve McCurry

American, 1950–present

McCurry has been 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.

McCurry has created 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 published nineteen books, as well as been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry. These awards include: the Robert Capa Gold Medal, National Press Photographers Award, and an unprecedented four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest. The Minister of French Culture has appointed McCurry a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, and the Royal Photographic Society in London awarded McCurry the Centenary Medal for Lifetime Achievement. In 2019, McCurry was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame.