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Photography Book: Afghanistan by Steve McCurry

Photography Book: Afghanistan by Steve McCurry – Afghanistan has long been a country overwhelmed by tribal rivalries, colonial wars, and geo-political conflict. The Afghans have called their mountains “the land of rebellion,” a land that has not been successfully occupied since the times of Alexander the Great. These invaders — Persians, Arabs, Moguls, Sikhs, British, Russians — may have been thwarted, but wandering through the bazaars of Kabul will attest to their legacy. In the people of Afghanistan, the genes of countless races meet and intermingle. Deep are the fissures in Afghan society; the schism between Sunni and Shia, the endemic violence across clans and tribes, and the blood feuds and rivalries within lineages. Yet born of such chaos and entrenched conflict are these most breathtaking of images. In this definitive retrospective of his work in Afghanistan, Steve McCurry has curated over 140 gripping images to present a torn, proud people, from the desert of Kandahar to the streets of Kabul and remote rivers of Nuristan. For almost four decades, McCurry traveled to the country regularly, documenting its people with a rare and disarming humanity. His most striking portrait Afghan Girl (1984) has graced the covers of magazines around the…

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Book Review The Spirit of India by Steve McCurry
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Book Review: The Spirit of India by Steve McCurry

The Magnum photographer’s new photography book draws together iconic images he has taken in 40 years of visiting India, showcasing the people and extraordinary settings of one of the most spiritual countries on Earth. Check out our selection of photos: Mahouts sleep with their elephant. Rajasthan, 2012 See also: Book Review: Photographs From The Hunger A devotee carries a statue of Lord Ganesh into the Arabian Sea during an immersion ritual off Chowpatty beach. Mumbai, 1993 Bicycles hanging from the side of a train, West Bengal, 1983 A crowd carries a man during the Holi festival. Rajasthan, 1996 A rabari tribal elder, Rajasthan, 2010 A tailor carries his sewing machine through monsoon waters, Porbandar, Gujarat, 1983 Crowds gather for the Kumbh Mela festival on pontoon bridges across the Ganges, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, 2001 A man in an orange turban, pictured in Rajasthan, 2009 Stepwells have existed in India for hundreds of years, and helped to provide water storage during the dry seasons and offer people a place to socialise. This one was pictured in Rajasthan, 2002 See also: Book Review: Gisele Bündchen is back Medical assistants review files at the cancer hospital in Jaipur, Rajasthan, 2009 The new book of Steve McCurry,…

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