Steve McCurry Retrospective | Oltre lo Sguardo
American photographer Steve McCurry is having a retrospective covering his 40 years career. The exhibition called Oltre lo Sguardo is held at Villa Reale di Monza in Italy.
The exhibition displays 150 of his photos from a career that has spanned over 4 decades and countless journeys across the globe. It includes his most iconic images but also a largely unseen part of his work. From India to Ethiopia or Burma, McCurry captures striking portraits revealing the essential aspects of humanity.
“I’ve often believed that a person’s life stories are kind of written on their face. It’s magical, it’s mystical the way you can connect to a person, it’s hard to describe. You know it when you see it.”
The retrospective, called Oltre lo Sguardo which means “looking beyond in Italian”, is on display at the majestic Villa Reale di Monza in Italy from now until April 6, 2015 and it was put on by Civita and Sudest5.
The NatGeo photographer explains the choice of the location and the choice of of the theme:
“this is really a look back at my 40 years of photography. We were trying to find a creative way to put my work into this extraordinary, incredible location. one of the vices we came up with was to try to look to my work and find a theme of windows and doors…portraits…people coming and going. so, we thought it was a clever way to show the work in the space — many of the doors and windows have photographs displayed within them. this is a look at my travels around Asia and additionally, one of the rooms has the work of my Lavazza 2015 calendar, which I’m very proud of. its all about preserving food in Africa, the way people grow food and preserve their traditions. overall, the exhibition is part of my journey through the world, on various assignments.”
[divider]About Steve McCurry [/divider]
Born in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; McCurry studied film at Pennsylvania State University, before going on to work for a local newspaper. After several years of freelance work, McCurry made his first of what would become many trips to India. Traveling with little more than a bag of clothes and another of film, he made his way across the subcontinent, exploring the country with his camera.
His career was launched when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into rebel-controlled Afghanistan just before the Russian invasion. When he emerged, he had rolls of film sewn into his clothes and images that would be published around the world as among the first to show the conflict there. His coverage won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, an award dedicated to photographers exhibiting exceptional courage and enterprise.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Magazine Photographer of the Year, awarded by the National Press Photographers Association. This was the same year in which he won an unprecedented four first prizes in the World Press Photo contest. He has won the Olivier Rebbot Award twice. McCurry’s work has been featured in every major magazine in the world and frequently appears in National Geographic, with recent articles on Tibet, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and the temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
All photos courtesy of © Steve McCurry