Steve McCurry is an American Magnum photographer who has captured some of the most iconic images of the 20th and 21st centuries. “Most of my photos are grounded in people,” McCurry has explained. “I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face.”
He achieved world renown with his 1984 photograph Afghan Girl, a striking depiction of a young refugee with mesmerising green eyes. The image first appeared on the June 1985 issue of National Geographic magazine.
The woman’s haunting green eyes and her location in a country hidden behind the Iron Curtain contributed to the photograph’s significance. “I think the best way to actually photograph somebody is to really look into their eyes,” McCurry has said.
Traveling all over the world on assignment, McCurry has continued to cover armed conflicts including the Iran-Iraq War, the Gulf War, and the Afghan Civil War. In recent years, McCurry has continued his journalistic investigations of the less fortunate in areas closer to his home, photographing abused domestic workers in the United States.