150 Portraits Of People Around The World In A 30-Year Career Retrospective

By Steve McCurry.

Legendary photojournalist Steve McCurry, who counts the famous Afghan Girl portrait as only one of his many amazing photos, is opening a retrospective exhibit in Italy called “Steve McCurry: Oltre Lo Sguardo” that will feature 150 photos taken throughout the 30 years of his illustrious career.

The photos, taken among people of various cultures around the world, emphasize his unparalleled ability to capture the human soul through a lens.

These are some of the photos:

Sharbat Gula, “Afghan Girl”, at Nasir Bagh refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan, 1984.

National Geographic Magazine, Vol. 167, No. 6, June 1985, Along Afghanistan’s War-torn Frontier.

“The green-eyed Afghan girl became a symbol in the late twentieth century of strength in the face of hardship. Her tattered robe and dirt-smudged face have summoned compassion from around the world; and her beauty has been unforgettable. The clear, strong green of her eyes encouraged a bridge between her world and the West. And likely more than any other image, hers has served as an international emblem for the difficult era and a troubled nation.” – Phaidon 55

The iconic image does not stand outside of time. Rather, it connects with the moment in a deeply profound way. Such as images are imbued with meaning, a significance that resonates deeply with a wide and diverse audience. McCurry’s photograph of the Afghan girl is one such image. For many, this beautiful girl dressed in a ragged robe became a worldwide symbol for a nation in a state of collapse.

Haunted eyes tell of an aAfghan refugee’s fears.

An elderly man of the Rabari tribe, Rajasthan, India, 2010

Rajasthan, India

Mumbai, India


Portrait of a boy from the Suri tribe, Omo valley, Ethiopia, 2013


Steve Mc Curry speaking with men of the Suma tribe, Omo Valley, Ethiopia, 2012.

The exhibit will be held in the beautiful Villa Reale di Monza in Italy, but it will run through April 6th, 2105, so if you’re dying to see his photos (as you should be), you can still make plans.

If you can’t make it, then please grab a cup of coffee/tea and check this link out:

More info: stevemccurry.com