Steve McCurry (b.1950) launched his career as a photojournalist when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into Afghanistan before the Russian invasion. His coverage won him the Robert Capa Gold Medal, which is awarded to photographers exhibiting exceptional courage and enterprise. Famous also for his work in Southeast Asia, his photographs are beautiful, uplifting and powerful. McCurry has worked for National Geographic magazine for many years and is a member of the prestigious Magnum agency. Exhibitions of his work have been held all over the world and his previous books include The Imperial Way (1985), Monsoon (1988) and Portraits (Phaidon, 1999).
Mesmerizing, thought-provoking and profound, portrait photography doesn't get much better than this. --The Lady Featuring portraits of children, monks, pilgrims, wanderers and migrants, Looking East exemplifies McCurry's thought-provoking work. Capturing the essence of both human struggle and joy, the series portrays a passion for visual storytelling. --SuitcaseMag.com An elegant paperback edition... Astounding... Gorgeously reproduced. --Photographyblog.com Vivid portraits of children, monks, pilgrims and migrants. --The Independent I Stunning. --Food and Travel This compendium highlights some of Steve McCurry's finest work, with 75 portraits he's taken across his travels to India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Tibet, Pakistan and Indonesia. Each image gives us an insight into a part of the world we might not have visited, making it easy to feel a deep-seated connection to those who are looking back at us. It's an excellent, inspiring book that all travel and portrait photographers should own. --Outdoor Photography This volume will be loved by photographers, who will admire Steve's technical skill and composition. It will be pored over by artists who will draw inspiration from those characters captured by the camera. It will be sought after by travellers and even armchair travellers who dream of finding the last cultural vestiges in this fast-changing and often too-globalised world. Looking East by Steve McCurry is striking in every regard. There is hardly any text - the portraits illustrate the narration, and the book is no worse for that. --Mostlyfood.co.uk