The Art Museum Through The Lens Of Steve Mccurry Exhibition Essay

1714 Words Oct 19th, 2016 7 Pages
While at the Michener Art Museum this past week, I had the opportunity to visit the Unguarded, Untold, Iconic: Afghanistan through the Lens of Steve McCurry Exhibition. This exhibition consisted of a collection of photographs McCurry had taken over the span of 37 years. I had seen McCurry’s work in passing a few years ago, but never truly thought anything of the photographs until I visited the exhibit. While looking through the exhibit, I learned more about McCurry and his work as a whole. McCurry grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and later made his career off of doing freelance work in India. His career later rocketed off when he crossed over the Pakistan border into Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan, he captured his finest photographs that won him numerous well deserved awards and continues to document different areas of the world to this day. McCurry has been able to represent “the Other” successfully by giving his subjects lifelike qualities rather than being static characters. Each subject he photographs has the same needs and desires as any other human being. Steve McCurry’s photographs were created by placing his life on the line to create beautifully colored and detailed photos that show the divide between different cultures and successfully conveying the life of “the Other”. One of the pieces I found very shocking was Fighters in Trenches, Jalalabad Afghanistan,1995. McCurry put himself directly in the line of fire in the middle of a war zone to…

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