30 Days Challenge, Lessons from Masters, Photography

8 Lessons From Steve McCurry.

Steve McCurry is an American photographer, freelancer, and photojournalist. His photo Afghan Girl, of a girl with piercing green eyes, has appeared on the cover of National Geographic several times. McCurry has photographed many assignments for National Geographic and has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1986.

Source: Wikipedia.

I grew up admiring Steve McCurry’s photographs of India. It’s one of the reasons why I started doing photography myself. Being an Indian, I always find a particular familiarity in his photographs. McCurry is known to click magnificent photographs in the most ordinary places. He photographs of everyday people at everyday places, that is why it is easy to relate to the subjects in his photography.

8 Lessons I Learnt From Studying Steve McCurry’s Work:

INDIVIDUAL PHOTOGRAPHS ARE AS IMPORTANT AS PROJECTS

“What is important to my work is the individual picture. I photograph stories on assignment, and of course, they have to be put together coherently. But what matters most is that each picture stands on its own, with its own place and feeling”

MAKE PHOTOGRAPHS THAT BURN THEMSELVES INTO THE MIND OF THE VIEWER

“A still photograph is something which you can always go back to. You can put it on your wall and look at it again and again. Because it is that frozen moment. I think it tends to burn into your psyche. It becomes ingrained in your mind. A powerful picture becomes iconic of a place or a time or a situation.”

USE PHOTOGRAPHY AS A TOOL TO INFLUENCE OTHERS (AND YOURSELF)

“There are certain, inescapable images, forever part of our collective consciousness, that influence who we are, whether we are cognizant of it or not.”

CAPTURE THE SOUL OF THE PEOPLE

“Most of my photos are grounded in people, I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face.”

USE CAMERA AS A TOOL OF HOPE

“For those who were desperate, my camera became an object of hope (…) Throughout my year-long coverage of the monsoon world, my strongest conviction was that I was involved in the fundamentals of life.”

FIND THE BEAUTY IN THE ORDINARY EVERYDAY THINGS

“A picture can express a universal humanism, or simply reveal a delicate and poignant truth by exposing a slice of life that might otherwise pass unnoticed.”

PHOTOGRAPHY TRANSCENDS SPOKEN LANGUAGE

“The photograph is an undeniably powerful medium. Free from the constraints of language, and harnessing the unique qualities of a single moment frozen in time.”

CAMERA IS YOUR PASSPORT TO THE WORLD

“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.”


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