Everybody knows the picture of Sharbat Gula, the Afghan Girl. Perhaps not her name but her face and straight-looking sharp green eyes for sure. She became the face of the National Geographic magazine in 1985. In many else human faces we can see the unguarded moments, the essential soul peeking outs thanks for the photographer Steven McCurry. As he says, “I try to convey what it is like to be that person, a person caught in a broader landscape, that you could call the human condition.”
Steve McCurry originally planned to study cinematography and filmmaking, but ended up getting a degree in theater arts. After his graduation he started taking pictures for the Penn State newspaper; The Daily Collegian. After a while he left for India to freelance. From here he started to “shot-around” with his camera the surrounding countries of Asia. He took pictures in Pakistan (seeking across the border) before the Russian invasion. In 1980 he got the Robert Capa Golden Medal for a photo shoot for the Time Magazine. He had been chosen for the Photographer of the year in 1984 and won (4 awards) on the World Press Photo grant in the category of nature.
Until the 3rd of April you can wonder the faces of the world through Steven’s camera in Budapest. On the opening ceremony in the Műcsarnok (Art Gallery) the artist said he has been already in Hungary 30 years ago. That time he has given his camera with what he took the picture of the Afghan Girl to a Hungarian family for a camera from 1912. This time the family redonated his old camera to him. If you are close to Budapest don’t miss this unique exhibition.
via: mucsarnok.hu; budapestinfo.hu
photo: cambyte.com; tragine.net