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Steve McCurry: The Unguarded Moment

Thirty Years of Photographs by Steve McCurry


A striking new portfolio of Steve McCurry’s beautiful and powerful photographs.


Steve McCurry


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Price: USD$65.00

The title of this book is a phrase that Steve McCurry uses a lot when talking about his work – he is always trying to capture those 'unguarded moments' when people are at their most unselfconscious. McCurry takes photographs all over the world, for National Geographic magazine as well as his own projects, so this book includes the colours and forms of the Yemen, Mali, Niger, Chad, India, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), France and the former Yugoslavia, among others. The Unguarded Moment is the same size as Phaidon bestseller South Southeast but apart from the wider range of countries and continents covered, a key difference between the two titles is that all of the images in this title are landscape format.

In The Unguarded Moment, people go about their everyday business in extraordinary circumstances and settings, like the young women walking through a dust storm in India, the fishermen casting their nets in the Niger river in Mali's Sahel Desert and the boy working in a candy factory in Kabul, Afghanistan. This book includes striking portraits of a Tuareg woman in Mali, an intense young gypsy boy in Marseille and pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma. There are children paying close attention to their teachers in school rooms in Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, as well as five young monks happily playing with computer games at a monastery in India, just like any other boys their age would.



SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 380 x 275 mm (15 x 10 7/8 in)
Pages: 156 pp
Illustrations: 75 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714846644

Steve McCurry (b.1950) launched his career as a photojournalist when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into Afghanistan over twenty years ago. His remarkable coverage won him the Robert Capa Gold Medal, which is awarded to photographers who exhibit exceptional courage and enterprise. Famous also for his work in Southeast Asia, McCurry’s photographs are beautiful, uplifting and affecting. McCurry is a regular contributor to many international journals including National Geographic magazine. He is a member of Magnum Photos.

"McCurry can make the hellish look heavenly - incredible photographs that change the way we look at our world - haunting and provocative images."—The Sunday Times Magazine

"Seductive... Reveals intense humanity on some of the most inhospitable surroundings on the planet."—The Times

"Beautiful and often uplifting images."—Daily Telegraph

"Stunning... The images, taken during the last 30 years, make it easy to identify with the people from these less familiar parts."—ROOF

"McCurry can make the hellish look heavenly - incredible photographs that change the way we look at our world - haunting and provocative images."—The Sunday Times Magazine

"Seductive... Reveals intense humanity on some of the most inhospitable surroundings on the planet."—The Times

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