Steve McCurry's Iconic Photographs #3

Photographer explains how he spent hours waist deep in water to get his iconic photograph Stilt Fishermen
Steve McCurry - Stilt Fishermen, Sri Lanka 1995
Steve McCurry - Stilt Fishermen, Sri Lanka 1995




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As we've learned with our interviews with Steve McCurry on over the last year or so, it's as much his persistence and dogged nature as his incredible photographic skills that result in the iconic images we now almost take for granted from him. This morning's video, in which Steve explains the circumstances that led to this extraordinary image of Stilt Fishermen in Sri Lanka, is no different. 

On his first early morning with the village fishermen, Steve spent over an hour-and-a-half waist deep in the water. But that wasn't enough and the Magnum photographer returned time and time again, shooting at different times of the day, in different kinds of light, from different water-logged angles, until he got the shot he was after. 


Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry

In so doing he inadvertantly captured a way of life that's all but disappeared. As Steve explains, "So many of these young men now find it more profitable to work in the tourist industry. We'll look back in years to come and be amazed at the method of fishing and how we once were as a planet. It's very important to document these kinds of events."

Watch the video below then take a look at his great books in the store and browse our Steve McCurry online content



  • Steve McCurry
  • Steve McCurry
  • Steve McCurry
American photographer Steve McCurry (b.1950) is universally recognized as one of today’s finest image-makers and has won many of photography’s top awards. This monograph brings together the most memorable and beautiful of his images, taken around the world over the last 30 years. McCurry's ability to cross boundaries of language and culture to capture fleeting moments of human experience is unique. With his discerning eye for form and colour, shape and symmetry, he offers us windows into other worlds.

Seen at the large scale of this new book, McCurry's images are particularly powerful: reproduced at slightly larger than life size, his portraits have an extraordinary immediacy and impact, while even the smallest details of his spectacular landscapes are clearly visible on the page.

Steve McCurry: The Iconic Photographs


Steve McCurry: Portraits
Steve McCurry: The Unguarded Moment
Steve McCurry: South Southeast

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