Magnum and National Geographic photographer, Steve McCurry is one of the most recognised photographers of the 20th Century. He launched his career as a photojournalist when disguised in native garb, he crossed the border into Afghanistan to cover the Mujahadeen fight against the Soviet army. His image of the Afghan Girl that graced the cover of National Geographic during the Afghan-Soviet conflict in 1985, has come to symbolise his characteristic style of portraits. McCurry’s extensive portfolio of images is a window into the rapid changes and developments the world has faced over the last 30 years.
Despite his recent editing scandal, his long career and famous images means he’s still regarded as one of the masters of travel photography, a photographer whose work has played an important role in shaping travel photography as it is today. In the world of travel documentary photography, few photographers would be more widely cited as influential, than McCurry.
This post is a curated selection of quotes, videos, books and other pieces of advice from Steve McCurry that we believe will help you grow and develop as a photographer. There are also included further resources for those who are interested in delving deeper into McCurry’s work and career.
1. Find A Story That Matters
2. Follow Your Nose
3. React To The Environment
4. Look For Unique Angles or Viewpoints
5. Human Beings Are Not Just Photographic Subjects
6. Cultural Understanding – A Good Team Is Everything
7. Say Something Meaningful With Your Images
8. Photograph Stories You’re Passionate About