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Steve McCurry; In the Shadow of Mountains [Hardcover]

Steve McCurry , Kerry William Purcell
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9 Oct 2007

McCurry’s photographs eloquently illustrate a country of contradictions, where the contemporary battles with the ancient and the spiritual clashes with the secular. Striking portraits of men and women, are presented alongside timeless images of children at play and shepherds tending their flocks and ancient sandstone cities are contrasted with shanty-towns constructed from tattered tarpaulins. The famous mountainous landscapes and ancient temples are shown together with scenes of daily life, such as a bread seller at his kiosk or traders at a market.

McCurry’s unique ability to cross boundaries of language and culture to capture stories of human experience is fully exhibited in this remarkable new collection of images.

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  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (9 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714846406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714846408
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 24.9 x 29.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“McCurry can make the hellish look heavenly - incredible photographs that change the way we look at our world - haunting and provocative images” - The Sunday Times Magazine “these beautiful and often uplifting images, in finest documentary tradition, cross the boundaries of language and culture to capture the significant and the smaller stories of mankind.” - Daily Telegraph “All the photographs selected for this edition are perfect compositions and the book is a must for anyone interested in appreciating the natural beauty of Asia and colour travel photography.” – Tribune “a moving document of daily life amidst a staggering physical landscape and a politically turbulent one.” - Traveller “extraordinary ... stunning ... it is McCurry's skill as a portrait photographer that makes this book so compelling. ... images as strange and beautiful as any Van Gogh painting. This is a book that is hard to put down” - Sunday Telegraph
'From frenetic street scenes to lyrical portraits, [McCurry’s] work captures the drama of life in a country he describes as "at once pastoral and chaotic ... welcoming yet deeply inhospitable." - Financial Times

About the Author

Steve McCurry (b.1950) launched his career as a photojournalist when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into Afghanistan over twenty years ago. His remarkable coverage won him the Robert Capa Gold Medal which is given to photographers who exhibit exceptional courage and enterprise. Famous also for his work in Southeast Asia, his photographs are beautiful, uplifting and powerful. McCurry works for many international journals and is a long-standing contributor to National Geographic magazine. He is a member of Magnum Photos.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The latest collection from McCurry 29 Jan 2008
Add this book to your collection, pour yourself a nice drink, make sure you won't be disturbed, and turn the first page. If you're like me, you'll drift through it, soaking up wave after wave of human emotions seeping from the pages. A bit over the top? No. The incredible portrait on the cover is a good taste of what's to come, but the content isn't all portraiture. You'll find street scenes, sweeping landscapes and more. Steve's technique is gritty but simple. The portraits are wide-aperture insights into the world of his subjects. Their expressions give you a glimpse into their joy, their suffering and, in places their desperation. If you have a soul, you can't avoid being touched by this collection. So why didn't I give a 5-star rating? I can't bear pictures sliced in half, and a few of the landscape-format shots are spread across 2 pages. To me, it's really annoying, but others may not mind. Apart from this (minor) whinge the book is superb and you won't be disappointed. Buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye catcher time and time again 19 Aug 2008
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The way in which this book has been put together and the quality in which it has is astounding. The prints top quality with lovely inlets detailing each image and a little about the man himself.
This is definately a book you will find yourself returning to so may times as each picture has so much that you want to take time looking over and it never becomes boring.
Mainly looking at Afghanistan the book portrays almost 30 years of images taken in a war stricken country without focusing on the worries but instead the general lives these people lead, taken by one of our times greatest photographers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another joy 11 May 2010
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McCurry brings us another atonishing collection of wonderful pictures, plenty of human vision and with a great control over color.
After a new reading, I have upgraded my review to 5 stars. It is amazing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pictures from Afghanistan 21 Dec 2010
Wonderful pictures, mostly portraits, from Afghanistan. McCurry's exceptional closeness to this country, his friendship and admiration of the people is seen in the pictures. He has even been allowed to make intimate and honest portraits of women, as the one on the cover. Most of his pictures are from early hours when the sun is not yet up or when the light falls very sweeping over the landscapes.

The reproductions are of excellent quality. An outstanding set of pictures and an outstanding book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Love 13 May 2011
I got this book as a gift and I love it. As part of my art coursework this year I focused in on McCurry as an artist so I had a good idea of his work when I got this. Its so much better seeing his photos in print rather on the internet, just being able to pour over every detail like you can't in any other way. The colours are so vivid and vibrant, highly recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steve McCurry's Photograph's evoke Afghanistan 27 Dec 2010
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I first saw Steve McCurry's photographs at an exhibition last summer, and found them to be very thought provoking. We have an Afghan boy staying with us, and I thought that this book would be an ideal gift for him for Christmas. He already knew the images from the internet, but he loved them all being collected in a book that he could excess at his leisure. He found the photograph's very evocative, and has given us an opportunity to share his experiences of living in Afghanistan.
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