Discover the world of Steve McCurry at the Maillol Museum from December 9, 2021, to May 29, 2022, in Paris.
The Musee Maillol will display more than 150 large-format photographs in what has been described as the photographer’s largest and most complete retrospective to date.
It is the first time that a retrospective of this magnitude has been devoted to the great American photojournalist in Paris.
The exhibition will include work from his stellar four-decade career capturing images from around the world.
It encompasses images taken during McCurry’s extensive travels during which he focused on the daily lives of people from Afghanistan, India, Cuba and beyond.
McCurry’s work does not shy away from the brutality of war and violence but also embraces humanity in all of its manifestations.
Composed of iconic photographs and new unpublished works, McCurry’s images are known for their humanity, dignity, compassion, elegance, and proportion.
Steve McCurry was born in Philadelphia in 1950. He made his name with a photo essay in Afghanistan in 1979.
His portrait of the green-eyed Afghan girl is known around the world. But he is also the author of many other striking images.
We are bombarded with affecting images of world events all the time, but few have had the same kind of influence as Steve McCurry’s Afghan girl.
Taken in 1984, the photo later featured on a world-famous cover of National Geographic magazine.
The photograph of Sharbat Gula, a young Afghan refugee with piercing green eyes has become one of the most distinctive in photographic history.
The haunting image, taken at a refugee camp in Pakistan, shows a young woman with piercing green eyes looking intensely at McCurry’s camera.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that the subject of the photo, 49-year-old Sharbat Gula, had been granted asylum in Italy following the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul.
It was June 1993, when a young photographer by the name of Steve McCurry was assigned to capture the images of the monsoon in Indian railways.
As he trudged through waters that reached his neck, one year later National Geographic reached out to the American photojournalist who was known to have received many awards for his willing ability and talent to capture the essence of life in one shot.
With this being said McCurry took up the opportunity to capture the increasing population of the refugee camps along the Afghan Pakistan borders. It was here where he captured one of the most recognised faces in photographic history, 1984 – The Afghan Girl.
Nestled in a classroom amongst a few other children was a young girl who caught his attention. Her emerald-green eyes shone so brightly he couldn’t resist trying to capture her portrait.
However, the then 12-year old was terrifically shy. The fear in her eyes was captured in a timely halt.
The young child walked out of the classroom and wasn’t seen for the next 17 years. The powerful photograph has since then has made a powerful statement.
In his 40-year career, McCurry’s travelled the world and built up a body of work that goes far beyond the boundaries of photojournalism.
He is now recognized as one of the greatest names in contemporary photography for his sense of colour and light.
Featuring dozens of photographs taken throughout his career, this exhibition is the most comprehensive retrospective dedicated to this American photographer.