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

Steve McCurry New Photography Book - The spirit of India

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A devotee carries a statue of Lord Ganesh into the Arabian Sea during an immersion ritual off Chowpatty beach. Mumbai, 1993

Steve McCurry New Photography Book - The spirit of India

Bicycles hanging from the side of a train, West Bengal, 1983

Steve McCurry New Photography Book - The spirit of India

A crowd carries a man during the Holi festival. Rajasthan, 1996

Steve McCurry New Photography Book - The spirit of India

A rabari tribal elder, Rajasthan, 2010

Steve McCurry New Photography Book - The spirit of India

A tailor carries his sewing machine through monsoon waters, Porbandar, Gujarat, 1983

Steve McCurry New Photography Book - The spirit of India

Crowds gather for the Kumbh Mela festival on pontoon bridges across the Ganges, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, 2001

Steve McCurry New Photography Book - The spirit of India

A man in an orange turban, pictured in Rajasthan, 2009

Steve McCurry New Photography Book - The spirit of India

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

Steve McCurry New Photography Book - The spirit of India

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Medical assistants review files at the cancer hospital in Jaipur, Rajasthan, 2009

Steve McCurry New Photography Book - The spirit of India

The new book of Steve McCurry, India, with a foreword by William Dalrymple, is published by Phaidon, at the discounted rate of £25.97.

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name. Born in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; McCurry studied film at Pennsylvania State University, before going on to work for a local newspaper. After several years of freelance work, McCurry made his first of what would become many trips to India. Traveling with little more than a bag of clothes and another of film, he made his way across the subcontinent, exploring the country with his camera.

“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.”

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