How Steve McCurry packs his bag for travel.
McCurry on the making of his beautiful photographs.
A lengthy interview with McCurry.
“The photograph is an undeniably powerful medium. Free from the constraints of language, and harnessing the unique qualities of a single moment frozen in time.”
I am confident to say that Steve is my favourite photographer overall. He loves using colour and natural lighting. And his travel photographs are breath taking. You will know him mostly for the “Afghan Girl” in National Geographic magazine.
“If you can capture the element of surprise, you’re way ahead of the game.”
Jay is arguably one of the best street photographers on the planet. I really like how disciplined he is in the “one body and one lens” mantra. Basically, he just wanders the streets of New York with a Nikon D3 and a 28-300mm. Easy, simple with stunning results.
“What I want is the world to remember the problems and the people I photograph. What I want is to create a discussion about what is happening around the world and to provoke some debate with these pictures. Nothing more than this.”
Sebastiao is actually one of my new favourite photographers. Even though he is well known and a Magnum photographer, I just recently discovered his beautiful pieces at the Royal Ontario Museum downtown Toronto. He makes fantastic use of black and white imagery and has been to all 7 continents too.
Mr. Menuez is famous for being Steve Jobs’ photo photodocumenter during the few years of NeXT’s existence.
“Art is a tool that isn’t used enough to effect change.”
One of my more contemporary wild life inspirations, Mattias is a highly regarded National Geographic photographers. He is also one of the most enthusiastic presenters and conservationists.
My all-time favourite photographer Steve McCurry was at it again, making stunning images of different cultures. This time, Steve helped out Omo Child by documenting their lifestyle, clothing and spirit.
From their website:
“OMO CHILD’s mission is to provide a safe, nurturing shelter and education for rescued children in the Omo River Valley of Southwest Ethiopia who were declared Mingi. These children will be future leaders in their tribes and communities. Our immediate goal is to raise money to care for our children. Operating our shelter is costly and is dependent on supporters just like you.
Mingi is the ritualistic killing of infants and children in the Omo River Valley of Ethiopia. We work to raise awareness about Mingi and hope to see it eliminated.”
Steve McCurry is without a doubt one of my (if not the top) biggest inspirations in the photography world. He is primarily known for his work with National Geographic which he took the everlasting cover shot called “The Afghan Girl” in 1985. Since then, he’s been awarded many international prizes and also took some breath taking photos of 9/11.
Last year, he was asked to create the 2013 Pirelli calendar in the stunning Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (I will be traveling here early 2013!). Traditionally, Pirelli is known for it’s nude photos but Steve decided to break away from that and instead concentrate on featuring strong activist women who also happen to be very beautiful inside and out. I strongly urge you to watch the video embedded. Steve also doesn’t necessarily need to use the latest of photographic technology either as he is seen wielding the Nikon D3X, D2X and Hassleblad too.
Take care! I will be posting more info on my next big adventure as well as updates on my portfolio gallery!