Steve McCurry's new book on India is a delight

Steve McCurry, whose photographs have an iconic status in the history of photography, has recently come out with his new book "Steve McCurry: India" featuring 150 images of the sub continent. It features previously unpublished images of India clicked by him during his visits to the country.

Through these images, McCurry has tried to explore the sheer kaleidoscopic beauty that exists in the subcontinent.

Through the 80s and 90s, McCurry was one of the photographers who defined the way the world looked at, remembered and imagined the subcontinent in images. 

In the decades where magazines and newspapers had an unprecedented influence over the popular imagination — before television and the internet monopolised visual culture — his photographs appeared on the cover of magazines like National Geographic again and again.

The most indelible of these is the Afghan Girl which appeared in 1984. It has made McCurry a living legend.

“No matter how much the country is changing,” he told Time, “there’s something about India that makes you feel like you’re stepping back into another time and age.”

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Magazine Photographer of the Year, awarded by the National Press Photographers Association. The same year, he won an unprecedented four first-place prizes in the World Press Photo contest. In 2014, McCurry was awarded The Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal.

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