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The National Geographic’s Cover Photographer Exhibits In Budapest


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.

Tailor in Monsoon, Porbandar, India, 1983 National Geographic. December 1984. MAX PRINT SIZE: 40x60 Tailor carries his sewing machine through monsoon floodwaters. -India Book (pg. 139) Tailor carrying his sewing machine, Porbandar, India, 1983 -Untold (pg. 66 - 67) Monsoons: Life Breath of Half the World, Vol. 166, No. 6"McCurry has the artistry to free photography from its anchor in the particular event, in the often mundane facts of occurrence at such and such a precise time and place. There is no question that the photograph has a distinct power in proving its pint, in revealing precise detail. It usually has a more difficult tie creating principles, moving from the discreet instance to the more general application. McCurry makes photographs that make this leap. This picture depicts more than the surrealism of a man up to his neck in water carrying a sewing machine. It is also a picture about the grace in a time of trouble, about acceptance, and about endurance. This is likely to be neither the first monsoon the smiling man has experienced, nor the last." - Phaidon 55 final print_milan, iconic photographs Whether it is children using a war-ravaged landscape as a playground or merchants continuing their trade in bomb-damaged buildings, McCurry has documented how individuals can adapt to the most extraordinary of circumstances. Such is the case in this image of a cheerful tailor carrying his rusted sewing machine through the deep monsoon waters. Monsoon_BookSteve Mccurry_Book Iconic_Book Untold_book final print_MACRO final print_Sao Paulo final print_Birmingham final print_HERMITAGE final print_Zurich final print_Ankara India_Book final print_Rubin retouched_Sonny Fabbri 6/2015 Fine Art Print MAX PRINT SIZE: 40X60

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.

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