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Best Photos of Steve McCurry: 2021

Steve McCurry has been in the field of photography for over 30 years. He has been documenting cultures, traditions, conflicts, and many more. He was born in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since then, McCurry has gone on to create evocative images in over six continents and countless countries, with scores of magazine and book covers, as well as solo global exhibitions.  McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, the National Press Photographers Award, and an unprecedented four first-prize awards from the World Press Photo contest.

Here are some of the best images captured by Steve McCurry. I am a photography enthusiast. I have been in the field of photography for 7 years, sometimes freelancing and sometimes working in agencies/magazines.  I am an admirer of Steve I love all of his images, literally all. In his every photograph, he is in the right place at the right time that is what makes a photograph best.

 This list is not in any order, this list of best images is just from my perspective, and they are my best pictures. There is no validation for one being the best than the other, except being my choice.

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Mother and child at Car Window

I loved this image because it is full of emotion. This picture also shows the socio-economic difference that exists in the society (mainly in lower-middle income countries). The mother with her child outside the car is totally drenched in rain and she must be asking for some money. Steve is inside the car, probably enjoying a song and air-conditioning while pressing the shutter.  The color of her saari and the intensity in her and the child’s eyes says it all. Among many images Steve has clicked in India, this is very much Iconic.

Mother and Child at Car Window : Steve McCurry

Dust Storm at Rajasthan: India

While he was on many trips to India he added the most iconic pics to his gallery. I also felt that  India is the best place for photography as there are different cultures, and people with different economic statuses, and the mode of living varies from place to place just with a couple of walks. The main cause also being the population and the diverse geographical terrains. Among many pics of Steve, this Dust Storm in Rajasthan where 5-6 ladies are covering their faces while trying to escape from the storm is so beautiful. The color contrast, and 2 pots of mud to carry water had put extra beauty to the photo. Rajasthan is a place where lack of water is so prevalent.

Dust Storm Rajasthan : Steve McCurry

Moonrise over Mumbai

Mumbai is among the most chaotic places in India. It is the financial capital of India.  You can see the richest culture as well as the poorest people in this place. What I loved about this image is, this pic contains the chaos made by my people and taxis and the calmness given by the moon and the mosque. And what I love about India is, that this chaotic vibe exists still today.

Moonrise over Mumbai Steve McCurry

Afghan women at a shoe store

Afghanistan is a place where there is still a taboo where girls have to think twice while stepping outside of their houses. Steve’s many iconic images have been produced in Afghanistan only. Who would have thought of clicking such a picture some decades back? I loved the framing, the texture of shoes, the dresses of Afghan girls, and the girl with the bucket has made this image so beautiful.

Shaolin Monastery : China

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for over three decades, documenting conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions, and contemporary culture. The reason I liked this image is it has calmness as well as the activity that makes us look at this pic for a longer period of time. This image also contains the contrast with the dress they are wearing which is the symbol of peace (monks) and the martial arts training they are getting.


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