November 28, 2011, Bologna, Italy
Via degli Orti, 8
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Artist Talk & Booksigning with Steve McCurry
Steve McCurry is an internationally acclaimed and respected photographer, known for his iconic and extremely vivid colour photographs taken in a number of different areas around the world, though endless travelling to capture that great moment. McCurry was born in Philadelphia, and graduated from Pennsylvania State University, after which he worked at a newspaper for two years and then left to freelance in India. His career was launched when, wearing native clothing, he crossed the Pakistan border into rebel-controlled Afghanistan just before the Russian invasion. When he emerged, he had rolls of film sewn into his clothes that contained some of the world’s first images of the conflict. This extraordinary coverage of this area won him the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad Showing Courage and Enterprise. He has won numerous awards including the National Press Photographers’ Association award for Magazine Photographer of the Year and an unparalleled four first prizes in the World Press Photo contest.
McCurry has covered many areas of international and civil conflict, including the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia, Beirut, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Gulf War and continuing coverage of Afghanistan. His work has been featured in many magazines around the globe. His reportage for National Geographic has included Tibet, Afghanistan, Burma, India, Iraq, Yemen, Buddhism, and the temples of Angkor Wat. A high point in his career was finding Sharbat Gula, the previously unidentified Afghan refugee girl, whose picture has been described as one of the most recognisable photographs in the world.
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