Steve McCurry’s Untold Stories
Okay, stop me if you’ve heard this one. You’re in a small airplane on your way to photograph an assignment. Below you is an icy lake, the surface of which is growing uncomfortably close. The wheels clip the water and the plane noses over, shattering the propeller on impact. As the craft begins to sink, you panic momentarily before wrestling yourself free of the seat belt. You make your way through the frigid dark towards the surface and realize that your camera gear is now heading towards the bottom, some 65 feet below.
Though I’ve long been a fan of the photography of Steve McCurry, I knew very little about the man behind the lens. That is until Siobhan at Phaidon (thanks to Elizabeth as well) was kind enough to send me a copy of Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs. From the opening lines of the Foreword, recounting the events of the plane crash, I was hooked. Put simply, Untold is a wonderful volume – part biography, part monograph and part history lesson on some of the most important geopolitical events of the last 30 years.