Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography formore than 30 years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, andcountless exhibitions around the world to his name.

Born in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; McCurry studied film at PennsylvaniaState University, before going on to work for a local newspaper. After several years offreelance 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 wayacross the subcontinent, exploring the country with his camera.

It was after several months of travel that he found himself crossing the border intoPakistan. There, he met a group of refugees from Afghanistan, who smuggled him acrossthe border into their country, just as the Russian Invasion was closing the country to allwestern journalists. Emerging in traditional dress, with full beard and weather-wornfeatures after weeks embedded with the Mujahedeen, McCurry brought the world the firstimages of the conflict in Afghanistan, putting a human face to the issue on everymasthead.

Since then, McCurry has gone on to create stunning images on all seven continents andcountless countries. His work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions andcontemporary culture alike -yet always retains the human element that made hiscelebrated image of the Afghan Girl such a powerful image.

McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry,including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, National Press Photographers Award, and anunprecedented four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest. The Ministerof French Culture has also appointed McCurrya Knight of the Order of Arts and Lettersand most recently, the Royal Photographic Society in London awarded McCurry theCentenary Medal for Lifetime Achievement.

McCurry has published books including The Imperial Way (1985), Monsoon (1988),Portraits (1999), South Southeast (2000), Sanctuary (2002), The Path to Buddha: ATibetan Pilgrimage (2003), Steve McCurry (2005), Looking East (2006), In the Shadow ofMountains (2007), The Unguarded Moment, (2009), The Iconic Photographs (2011),Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs (2013), From These Hands: A Journey Alongthe Coffee Trail (2015), India (2015), and On Reading (2016), Afghanistan (2017), A Life inPictures (2018), Animals (2019), In Search of Elsewhere (Fall 2020).

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SanDisk® proudly recognizes Mr. Steve McCurry as a SanDisk Extreme Team Legend for his timeless efforts and iconic contributions within the global photography community.

Steve 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.

It was after several months of travel that he found himself crossing the border into Pakistan. There, a group of refugees from Afghanistan smuggled him across the border into their country, just as the Russian invasion was closing the country to all western journalists. Emerging in traditional dress, with full beard and weather-worn features after weeks embedded with the Mujahideen, McCurry brought the world the first images of the conflict in Afghanistan, putting a human face to the issue.

Since then, McCurry has gone on to create stunning images from over six continents and countless countries. His work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike; yet it always retains the human element that made his celebrated photograph of “The Afghan Girl” such a powerful image.

McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, National Press Photographers Award, and an unprecedented four first-prize awards from the World Press Photo Contest.

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