My Steve McCurry Biography

Steve McCurry Written Biography

Steve McCurry was born in Philadelphia on Feb 24th, 1950. He is recognised as one of the world’s finest photographers.

McCurry graduated cum laude from the College of Arts and Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University. After he graduated, he worked for a newspaper for two years and then he left for India to become a freelance photographer. It was in India that Steve McCurry learned some of the techniques that would make him world famous.

McCurry’s career was launched when, dressed in native clothing, he crossed the Pakistan border into Afghanistan just before the Russians invaded. When he left, he had to sew the rolls of film into his clothes so that they would not be discovered. These images were the first to show the conflict in Afghanistan. This coverage won McCurry the Robert Capa Gold Medal for best Photographic Reporting from abroad.

McCurry won many different prestigious awards, such as the Magazine Photographer of the Year and an unprecedented four prizes in the World Press Photo Contest.

McCurry has covered many international conflicts including; The Iran-Iraq war, the disintegration of former Yugoslavia, Beirut, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Gulf War, and continuing coverage of Afghanistan. McCurry mainly focuses on the human consequences of war, rather than the war its-self.

McCurry has had his work featured in many major magazines worldwide, and is a very frequent contributor to the National Geographic magazine, covering a range of places including Tibet, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and the temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

One of the highest points in McCurry’s career was when he finally found the previously un-identified Afghan refugee girl that many people had described as the most recognisable photo in the world. When he finally located her, he said “There are wrinkles now, but she is still as striking as she was all of those years ago.”

When McCurry returned from an assignment in China on September 10, 2001. His coverage of the September 11th attacks is a testament to the heroism and nobility of the people of New York City.



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4 responses to “My Steve McCurry Biography

  1. Hi Doug,

    I am doing a presentation in my college about Steve McCurry and would love to know for my research how or why you were inspired to write about him in your blog? Also what, if any, influence has he been on your photography?


  2. Hey Marie.
    The main thing that inspired me was how he was so dedicated to his art.
    I was impressed by all the things he had photographed in his career, Sewing rolls of film into his jacket to get them from Afghanistan, to photographing the 9/11 disasters.
    Also, the emotions portrayed in his ‘Afghan Girl’ photograph was what really inspired me, as it was the first photo of his that I saw, and was what made me want to research him, and influenced some of my own photography.

    Hope this helps, feel free to contact me if any more information is needed!


  3. Thanks a million Doug, thats great to get a few quotes!

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