Around the world in 18 photographs

From the Taj Mahal to a Geisha on the subway, take in the sights as Steve McCurry goes on tour
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Steve McCurry, Rabari Shepherd (2009), Rajasthan, India

1 / 18 Steve McCurry, Rabari Shepherd (2009), Rajasthan, India

Steve McCurry, Blue Mosque, Mazar I Sharif (1991), Afghanistan

2 / 18 Steve McCurry, Blue Mosque, Mazar I Sharif (1991), Afghanistan

Steve McCurry, Taj and train (1983), Agra, India

3 / 18 Steve McCurry, Taj and train (1983), Agra, India

Steve McCurry, Afghan Girl (1985), Peshawar, Pakistan

4 / 18 Steve McCurry, Afghan Girl (1985), Peshawar, Pakistan

Steve McCurry, Times Square (1994), Manhattan, New York

5 / 18 Steve McCurry, Times Square (1994), Manhattan, New York

Steve McCurry, Man beneath stairs (2005), Jodhpur, India

6 / 18 Steve McCurry, Man beneath stairs (2005), Jodhpur, India

Steve McCurry, Boats on the Sulu Sea (1985), Philippines

7 / 18 Steve McCurry, Boats on the Sulu Sea (1985), Philippines

Steve McCurry, Fushimi Inari Shrine (2007), Kyoto, Japan

8 / 18 Steve McCurry, Fushimi Inari Shrine (2007), Kyoto, Japan

Steve McCurry, Geisha in subway (2007) Kyoto, Japan

9 / 18 Steve McCurry, Geisha in subway (2007) Kyoto, Japan

Steve McCurry, Herat after ten years of bombing (1992), Herat, Afghanistan

10 / 18 Steve McCurry, Herat after ten years of bombing (1992), Herat, Afghanistan

Steve McCurry, Holi Festival (1996), Rajasthan, India

11 / 18 Steve McCurry, Holi Festival (1996), Rajasthan, India

Steve McCurry, Pray flags (2001), Machen, Tibet

12 / 18 Steve McCurry, Pray flags (2001), Machen, Tibet

Steve McCurry, Houseboats (1998), Kashmir

13 / 18 Steve McCurry, Houseboats (1998), Kashmir

Steve McCurry, Man with many bells (2001), Assam, India

14 / 18 Steve McCurry, Man with many bells (2001), Assam, India

Steve McCurry, Monsoon Chandni Chowk (1983), Old Delhi, India

15 / 18 Steve McCurry, Monsoon Chandni Chowk (1983), Old Delhi, India

Steve McCurry, Orange seller (2003), Kabul, Afghanistan

16 / 18 Steve McCurry, Orange seller (2003), Kabul, Afghanistan

Steve McCurry Shaolin monks training (2004), Zhengzhou, China

17 / 18 Steve McCurry Shaolin monks training (2004), Zhengzhou, China

Steve McCurry, Tram (1996), Calcutta, India

18 / 18 Steve McCurry, Tram (1996), Calcutta, India


Since the late 1970s Magnum photographer Steve McCurry has been travelling the world and documenting it in his unique, boldly coloured style. Although his travels have led him to many war-torn countries, he is not a war photographer - his photographs document the human consequences of conflict and show his enduring interest in people.

A member of Magnum Photos since 1986 he has taken inspiration from one of the agency's most prominent photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and carried forward the idea of 'the decisive moment', but making it his own through his singular use of colour and graphic composition. Here are some photos featured both in his new Chris Beetles Fine Photographs show and in his books for Phaidon. 


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