The award-winning photographer Steve McCurry has proved time and time again that there’s nothing he won’t do to get the perfect shot, including sewing rolls of film into his clothes when escaping from an Afghan war zone. He has covered numerous conflicts and his work has regularly been seen in National Geographic magazine. And it was his June 1985 cover shot for National Geographic that caught the world’s imagination. His portrait the ‘Afghan Girl‘, was named the most recognised photograph in the history of the magazine. From the thousands of photographs that McCurry has taken throughout his career we asked him to tell us more about some of his favourite images.
“One picture that I am really fond of is the image I took in a dust storm in India. I was driving down a road in Rajasthan and it was about 110 degrees, when a dust storm whipped up suddenly. Through a big cloud of dust, I could see these women huddled together, singing a prayer for rain. I didn’t want to get out of the car at first because I was concerned that my cameras would be damaged by the dust, but then I realized you can always replace your camera or your lenses, but that moment was a fleeting thing. So I got out and shot a roll of film, and it was magical. After only moments, the storm disappeared and it was as if nothing had happened.”
“Seeing nuns walking through the streets of Rangoon is a very common sight. But this particular morning, it happened to be raining when I ran into a group of nuns walking silently in a single-file procession. They were collecting their daily ration of food from the community with their colourful umbrellas up. Even with the vibrant colours, the moment was very serene and still.”