Steve Mc Curry
. The more of his images I see the more I love them. His style while often showing poverty and cruelty always seems to have a romantic or sympathetic feel. It shows an affection towards people. His particular lighting style I feel is quite recognisable in many images dark saturated colours which are beautiful while also sombre. Portraits that seem to show a special relationship with all his subjects even those unknown to him. The link above shows some images from his new book which spans 30 years of journalistic photography. I have posted one which I particularly liked. The image below of a mother and child gives you a sympathy you can imagine the person inside the car warm and dry, while mother and daughter look in soaking wet on the street. Without knowing their story you feel a sympathy towards them. I feel Steve McCurry photos certainly stir emotions. He gets his point across. Being a journalist each image is published with the story, however each image can stand alone and tells a story in itself. This image really separates the people begging from us the viewers. It shows the detachment despite a sympathetic view. How many times have you seen someone begging or living on the street from the comfort of the car. I believe this is why this image is so effective. The curious eyes looking in and the gentle touch of the hand on the window shows there is not threat from these people they just need a little help. The seat belt is the little detail needed to be sure we realise we are looking from the inside of a car. The childs eyes are wide and innocent. There is also a beauty within this image. The hands also seem to show an age that the face does not it is the evidence of a hard existence.
There is a certain style in his photography particularly portraits that can be recognisable perhaps the light or how he captures the essence of the people he photographs. He makes us see their spirit or their vulnerability and gives us an attachment to the people in his photographs that makes us want to know more about the person.
I found this beautiful book of his in France. I keep going back to the book as I am learning more about photogrpahy . He is a master of composition and of light and as I learn more and look back at his images I can learn from it.
Many of his images are published in National Geographic. His clear dedication and time to each story or person he has photographed
Last night I was able to watch a documentary about Steve McCurry in which he talks about some of his images and also about his process. His street portraiture for example on the streets of New York he goes out with one camera and one lens this keeps it simple. He sometimes snaps passers by however often he interacts with people and asks if he can photograph them. He likes to use colour he says as the world is colourful however is attacted to the gritty in many cases.