Steve McCurry is arguably the most influential photographer of the 20th century. His most famous picture, Afghan Girl (below), became known worldwide after being featured on the National Geographic's cover back in the 80s — confirming his incredible talent as significant reporter of our times.
This month, McCurry's most iconic photographs will be on display at Beetles+Huxley, as part of a one-off retrospective. On display will be photographs taken during his extensive war reports in Afghanistan, India, Cambodia and Lebanon.
His career as a travel reporter and photojournalist started at the end of 1970s, when he made his first of countless trips to India and immediately fell in love with the country. Subsequently, McCurry documented the Afghan-Soviet War in 1979 by entering the country illegally and hiding his rolls of film by sewing them into his clothes. His incredible work won him the Robert Capa Gold Medal for the Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad that same year.
Since then, his career has been a continuum of spectacular travels and pictures, showing us a different side of third world countries and telling us about forgotten war conflicts. This exhibition sums up his contribution to the history of photography through a cross-section of works from his long career.
Add this exhibition to your to-do list this month.
Steve McCurry is on from 24 February-19 March at Beetles+Huxley, 3-5 Swallow Street, W1B 4DE. Admission to the exhibition is free. The Gallery is open Monday-Saturday from 10am-5.30pm.
All images are © Steve McCurry. Images courtesy of Beetles+Huxley.