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Inspiration: Steve McCurry

I am always looking for inspiration, and I find it in many places - music, movies, people, nature, books, travel, friends, children, conversation, stories, dreams, even Google! So to that end I would like to share some of the things that have inspired me and might inspire you too, things that may make your journey just a little easier, show you something you didn't know or maybe start you down a new path.

Once a month, in no particular order, I will highlight something or someone who has inspired me in some way. So let's begin with Steve McCurry (born February 24, 1950). He is an American photojournalist best known for his evocative colour photography. His iconic image of the young green-eyed girl (featured image above) first appeared on the cover of National Geographic in June 1985, instantly becoming a symbol of both the Afghan conflict and of the refugee situation worldwide. The image itself was named as "the most recognized photograph" in the history of the magazine.

One year on, Steve McCurry had the honour of being selected as a Magnum Photographer. Two decades later he returned to Afghanistan to find Sharbat Gula (the young girl in the picture) to photograph her once more. He said, “Her skin is weathered, there are wrinkles now, but she is as striking as she was all those years ago.”

Steve McCurry is considered one of the best photographers of the 21st century and recently received the first Leica Hall of Fame Award.

"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."

To buy a book full of Steve's fantastic portrait images click HERE.

In the meantime, you can see Leica's video, containing some of Steve's most renowned images which all tell incredible stories - please watch the video to see why Steve McCurry has been so inspirational.

Steve McCurry: A Retrospective from Leica Camera on Vimeo.