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Steve McCurry's Iconic Photographs #4

He ruined his cameras getting it but Dust Storm was destined to become one of Steve McCurry's best ever shots
Steve McCurry - Dust Storm, Rajasthan, India 1983
Steve McCurry - Dust Storm, Rajasthan, India 1983


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It's hard to pick a favourite photo from Magnum Photographer Steve McCurry's The Iconic Photographs as anyone who's leafed through it will know. It's one of those decisions that just changes every time you look at the book. However, there is one that's always near the top of our list at phaidon.com and it's Dust Storm. 

Taken at the hottest time of the year in Rajasthan, India, Steve was being driven in a taxi when suddenly a wall of dust just blew in from nowhere with an incredible roar.

"It was quite frightenting," he remembers in our video interview with him below. "These women were off on the side of the road huddled together protecting themselves. I saw them out the car window and thought this is going to be an incredible situation. I ran across the field, thinking my cameras were going to be ruined and made maybe a dozen pictures. it was very exciting. In a situation like this sometimes you're not really thinking you're just reacting your brain is on automatic pilot and you just shoot away."

Listen to Steve describe in detail how he got the shot below and take a look at our extensive online Steve McCurry content, browse his magnificent books in the store and visit his site.


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Steve McCurry (b.1950) launched his career as a photojournalist when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into Afghanistan thirty years ago. His remarkable coverage won him the Robert Capa Gold Medal, which is awarded to photographers who exhibit exceptional courage and enterprise.

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  • 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.

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Steve McCurry: The Iconic Photographs

MORE BOOKS BY STEVE MCCURRY

Steve McCurry
Steve McCurry: In the Shadow of Mountains
Steve McCurry: The Unguarded Moment
Steve McCurry: South Southeast

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