Steve McCurry

October 23, 2009


Steve McCurry was nice enough to come to Cal U last night. They’re hosting a traveling exhibit of National Geographic’s greatest portraits, one of which (arguably the most famous of them) Steve shot.

He went through slides of some of his favorite photos, and the story behind them. Apparently one of some nude men had been edited out for the earlier talk with the elementary school kids (yet another of a man holding a severed head made the cut). It was interesting to hear him talk about his career, and how some of his photos came to be, but it was really interesting to hear someone talk about photography. Not gear, and post-processing, and lenses, but photography. Why he does what he does, and the real value of the work he creates.

After some Q&A, and a small reception, he hung around to talk to a small group of photographers. This is, literally, the only photo I took. I was hoping to capture the vibe there; it was a nice moment that I was glad to be a part of. And by moment, I mean hour. Steve stayed until around 10:00, despite having to get up at 3 a.m. for his flight (personally, there are few things that I’m willing to give up sleep for). He’s a wonderful photographer, and a hell of a nice guy.

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One Response to “Steve McCurry”

  1. John said

    I’m really glad you could participate in such an enriching experience, not just for the obvious reasons, but also knowing you were an alumna visiting your alma mater in the process. I hope you had a chance to take a look at the new bronze in the quad. 😉

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