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Steve McCurry Photography

American, b. 1950
American, b. 1950

Steve McCurry is an American photographer who gained international acclaim for his arresting portrait of a young refugee known simply as Afghan Girl.

Originally published on the cover of National Geographic in 1985, the photograph shows a young Pashtun orphan, later identified as Sharbat Gula, who was living in a refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan, during the Soviet Union’s occupation of Afghanistan. The image is emblematic of McCurry’s work, which has brought him to war zones across the globe. Rather than focusing on the violence of the battlefield, McCurry seeks to capture the human face of conflict, distilling what is universal and recognizable in each portrait.

McCurry was born in Philadelphia and attended Penn State University, graduating cum laude with a degree in theater arts in 1974. After several years working at a newspaper in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, he left to work as a freelancer in India, where he honed his skill for capturing unguarded moments in daily life. Just prior to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, in 1979, he crossed the border from Pakistan into Afghan rebel–controlled territory, wearing native garb to disguise himself, with rolls of film sewn into his clothing. The photographs he took there were among the first in the world to document the conflict, and his work was awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal for “photographic reporting from abroad.”

Over the course of his career, McCurry has documented daily life alongside conflicts in Cambodia, the Philippines, the former Yugoslavia, Beirut, Iraq, Afghanistan and Tibet. Though his photos depict serious and sometimes frightening situations, his ability to connect with subjects and capture something of their personalities allows his images to transcend the documentarian distance of wartime journalism. The results are real portraits that happen to be set in tough situations. Welder in a Ship Breaking Yard, Mumbai, India (1994), for instance, reveals only the subject’s eyes, but they’re so intently fixed on McCurry’s lens that they seem to express volumes. Monk Running on Wall (2004) shows a young monk defying gravity as he skitters along an exterior wall of the Shaolin Monastery in Henan, China, over the heads of his friends. Like a Baroque painting, McCurry’s picture captures a moment of dynamic action that reveals something instantly recognizable in a subject from another part of the world.

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Artist: Steve McCurry
Afghan Women at Shoe Store, Kabul, Afghanistan, 1992
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Afghan Women at Shoe Store, Kabul, Afghanistan, 1992 Signed and affixed with photographer's edition label and numbered on reverse Digital c-type print Printed on 20 x 24 inch paper ...
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1990s Steve McCurry Photography

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Chand Baori Stepwell, Rajasthan, India, 2016 - Steve McCurry(Colour Photography)
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Chand Baori Stepwell, Rajasthan, India, 2016 - Steve McCurry(Colour Photography) Signed and numbered on photographer’s edition label on reverse Digital c-type print Edition of 30 2...
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21st Century and Contemporary Steve McCurry Photography

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Moonrise in Mumbai
By Steve McCurry
Located in New York, NY
Steve McCurry Moonrise in Mumbai, 1994 Printed Later C-print 20x24 inches Edition of 30 Also available in 30x40 edition of 15 40x60 edition of 10
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2010s Contemporary Steve McCurry Photography

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Crop, Prayer flags, planted to bring happiness and prosperity, cover a hillside in Machen, Tibet
By Steve McCurry
Located in Santa Monica, CA
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Teeth Maker in Kandahar, Afghanistan, 1998 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography)
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Teeth Maker in Kandahar, Afghanistan, 1998 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography) Signed and numbered on photographer’s edition label on reverse Digital c-type print 24 x 20 inches Ed...
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Intha Fisherman, Burma, 2011 - Steve McCurry (Colour Landscape Photography)
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Intha Fisherman, Burma, 2011 - Steve McCurry (Colour Landscape Photography) Signed and numbered on photographer's edition label on reverse Digital c-type print, printed 2014 20 x 24...
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21st Century and Contemporary Steve McCurry Photography

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Geisha in Subway, Kyoto, Japan, 200 -Steve McCurry (Colour Portrait Photography)
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Geisha in Subway, Kyoto, Japan, 200 -Steve McCurry (Colour Portrait Photography) Signed and affixed with photographer's edition label and numbered on reverse Digital c-type print Pri...
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Clover Gatherers in Wadi Hadramawt, Yemen, 1999 - Steve McCurry
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Clover Gatherers in Wadi Hadramawt, Yemen, 1999 - Steve McCurry Signed and numbered on photographer's edition label on reverse Digital c-type print Printed on 20 x 24 inch paper Edi...
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Boy In Mid-Flight, Jodhpur, India, 2007 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography)
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Boy In Mid-Flight, Jodhpur, India, 2007 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography) Signed and affixed with photographer's edition label and numbered on reverse Digital c-type print Editi...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Steve McCurry Photography

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Young Man Walks Behind Elephant, Sri Lanka, 1995 - Steve McCurry
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Young Man Walks Behind Elephant, Sri Lanka, 1995 - Steve McCurry Signed and numbered on photographer’s edition label on reverse Digital c-type print 24 x 20 inches Edition of 30 Al...
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1990s Steve McCurry Photography

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Pigeon Feeding Near Blue Mosque, 1991 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography)
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Pigeon Feeding Near Blue Mosque, 1991 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography) Signed and numbered on photographer's edition label on reverse Digital c-type print 20 x 24 inches Editio...
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Kabul, Afghanistan, 2003 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography)
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Kabul, Afghanistan, 2003 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography) Steve McCurry (born 1950) is best known for his evocative colour photographs that document both human struggles and joy...
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21st Century and Contemporary Steve McCurry Photography

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Silver Gelatin

Rooftops, Rajasthan, India, 2009 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography)
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Rooftops, Rajasthan, India, 2009 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography) Signed and numbered on photographer's edition label on reverse Digital c-type print 20 x 24 inches Edition of ...
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Early 2000s Steve McCurry Photography

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Afghan Girl, 1984
By Steve McCurry
Located in ATLANTA, GA
Steve McCurry is an American photographer, freelancer, and photojournalist. His photo Afghan Girl, of a girl with piercing green eyes, has appeared on the cover of National Geographi...
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20th Century Modern Steve McCurry Photography

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Photographic Film

Steve McCurry 'Girl with Green Shawl'
By Steve McCurry
Located in New York, NY
Girl with Green Shawl 2002 C-Prints printed on FujiFlex Crystal Archive Super Gloss Paper 24 x 20 inches Signed and numbered edition of 44 of 60 with certificate of authenticity Ste...
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2010s Contemporary Steve McCurry Photography

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Children Play on Tank, Lebanon, 1982 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography)
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Children Play on Tank, Lebanon, 1982 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography) Signed and numbered on photographer's edition label on reverse Digital c-type print 20 x 24 inches From an...
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1980s Steve McCurry Photography

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Train Platform at Old Delhi, India
By Steve McCurry
Located in Santa Monica, CA
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Camels in Dust Storm, India, 2010 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography)
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Camels in Dust Storm, India, 2010 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography) Signed and numbered on photographer's edition label on reverse Digital c-type print 20 x 24 inches Edition of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Steve McCurry Photography

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Blue Mosque, Mazar I Sharif, Afghanistan, 1991 - Steve McCurry
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Blue Mosque, Mazar I Sharif, Afghanistan, 1991 - Steve McCurry Signed and numbered on photographer's edition label on reverse Digital c-type print 20 x 24 inches Edition of 60 ...
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1990s Steve McCurry Photography

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Rabari Shepherd, Rajasthan, India, 2009 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography)
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Rabari Shepherd, Rajasthan, India, 2009 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography) Signed and affixed with photographer's edition label and numbered on reverse Digital c-type print 20 x...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Steve McCurry Photography

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Camel and Oil Fields, Al Ahmadi, Kuwait, 1991 - Steve McCurry
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Camel and Oil Fields, Al Ahmadi, Kuwait, 1991 - Steve McCurry Signed and numbered on photographer’s edition label on reverse Digital c-type print 20 x 24 inches Edition of 30 Als...
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Afghan Girl Hiding Her Face, Peshawar, Pakistan, 1984
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Signed and numbered on photographer’s edition label on reverse Digital c-type print 24 x 20 inches Edition of 90
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1980s Steve McCurry Photography

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Girl With Green Shawl, Peshawar, Pakistan, 2002 - Steve McCurry(Colour Portrait)
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Girl With Green Shawl, Peshawar, Pakistan, 2002 - Steve McCurry(Colour Portrait) Signed and affixed with photographer's edition label and numbered on reverse Digital c-type print Edi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Steve McCurry Photography

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Man Running by Beach, 2012
By Steve McCurry
Located in ATLANTA, GA
Steve McCurry is an American photographer, freelancer, and photojournalist. His photo Afghan Girl, of a girl with piercing green eyes, has appeared on the cover of National Geographi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Steve McCurry Photography

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Train Station at Old Delhi, India, 1983 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography)
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Train Station at Old Delhi, India, 1983 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography) Signed and affixed with photographer's edition label and numbered on reverse Digital c-type print Printed...
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1980s Steve McCurry Photography

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Afghan Girl Hiding Her Face, Peshawar, Pakistan, 1984 - Steve McCurry
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Afghan Girl Hiding Her Face, Peshawar, Pakistan, 1984 - Steve McCurry Signed and numbered on photographer’s edition label on reverse Digital c-type print 24 x 20 inches Edition of 9...
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Boat Covered in Snow in Sankei-En Gardens, Japan, 2014 - Steve McCurry
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Boat Covered in Snow in Sankei-En Gardens, Japan, 2014 - Steve McCurry Signed and affixed with artist's edition label and numbered on reverse Digital c-type print Printed on 20 x 24...
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2010s Contemporary Steve McCurry Photography

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Steve McCurry 'Afghan Nomad Girl'
By Steve McCurry
Located in New York, NY
Afghan Nomad Girl 1990 C-Prints printed on FujiFlex Crystal Archive Super Gloss Paper 60 x 40 inches Signed and numbered edition of 10 with certificate of authenticity Steve McCurry...
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Rajasthan Shadows, Rajasthan, India, 2009 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography)
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Rajasthan Shadows, Rajasthan, India, 2009 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography) Signed and affixed with photographer's edition label and numbered on reverse Digital c-type print Print...
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21st Century and Contemporary Steve McCurry Photography

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Ganesh Chaturthi Festival, 1994
By Steve McCurry
Located in ATLANTA, GA
Steve McCurry is an American photographer, freelancer, and photojournalist. His photo Afghan Girl, of a girl with piercing green eyes, has appeared on the cover of National Geographi...
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20th Century Modern Steve McCurry Photography

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Smoking Coal Miner, 2002
By Steve McCurry
Located in ATLANTA, GA
Steve McCurry is an American photographer, freelancer, and photojournalist. His photo Afghan Girl, of a girl with piercing green eyes, has appeared on the cover of National Geographi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Steve McCurry Photography

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Smoking Coal Miner, Pol-E-Khomri, Afghanistan, 2002 - Steve McCurry
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Smoking Coal Miner, Pol-E-Khomri, Afghanistan, 2002 - Steve McCurry Signed and affixed with photographer's edition label and numbered on reverse Digital c-type print 20 x 24 inches ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Steve McCurry Photography

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Fishermen, Weligama, South Coast, Sri Lanka, 1995 - Steve McCurry
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Fishermen, Weligama, South Coast, Sri Lanka, 1995 - Steve McCurry Signed and affixed with photographer's edition label and numbered on reverse Digital c-type print Printed on 20 x 24...
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1990s Steve McCurry Photography

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Steve McCurry 'Woman enters Medieval Rock-Hewn Church'
By Steve McCurry
Located in New York, NY
C-Prints printed on FujiFlex Crystal Archive Super Gloss Paper 30 x 40 inches Signed and numbered edition of 10 with certificate of authenticity Steve McCurry (American, b.1950) is ...
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2010s Contemporary Steve McCurry Photography

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Steve McCurry 'Boys Play with Hoops'
By Steve McCurry
Located in New York, NY
Boys Play with Hoops 2019 C-Prints printed on FujiFlex Crystal Archive Super Gloss Paper 60 x 40 inches Signed and numbered edition of 10 with certificate of authenticity Steve McCu...
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2010s Contemporary Steve McCurry Photography

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Afghan Women at Shoe Store, Kabul, Afghanistan, 1992 - Steve McCurry
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Afghan Women at Shoe Store, Kabul, Afghanistan, 1992 - Steve McCurry Signed and numbered on photographer's edition label on reverse Digital c-type print 20 x 24 inches From an edit...
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1990s Steve McCurry Photography

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Woman at a Horse Festival, Tagong, Tibet, 1999 - Steve McCurry
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Woman at a Horse Festival, Tagong, Tibet, 1999 - Steve McCurry Signed and affixed with photographer's edition label and numbered on reverse Digital c-type print Printed on 20 x 2...
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1990s Contemporary Steve McCurry Photography

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Dust Storm, 1983
By Steve McCurry
Located in ATLANTA, GA
Steve McCurry is an American photographer, freelancer, and photojournalist. His photo Afghan Girl, of a girl with piercing green eyes, has appeared on the cover of National Geographi...
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20th Century Modern Steve McCurry Photography

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Father and Son in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 1980 - Steve McCurry
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Father and Son in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 1980 - Steve McCurry Signed and numbered on photographer’s edition label on reverse Digital c-type print 24 x 20 inches Edition of ...
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1980s Steve McCurry Photography

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Rabari Tribal Elder, Rajasthan, India, 2010 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography)
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Rabari Tribal Elder, Rajasthan, India, 2010 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography) Signed and affixed with photographer's edition label and numbered on reverse Digital c-type print P...
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2010s Contemporary Steve McCurry Photography

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Camel Caravan, Southern Afghanistan, 1980 - Steve McCurry (Colour Landscape)
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Camel Caravan, Southern Afghanistan, 1980 - Steve McCurry (Colour Landscape) Signed and numbered on photographer's edition label on reverse Digital C-type print 20 x 24 inches Editio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Steve McCurry Photography

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Man and Taj Reflection
By Steve McCurry
Located in New York, NY
Steve McCurry Man and Taj Reflection, 1999 20x24 inch edition of 30 Also available in 30x40 inch edition of 15 40x60 inch edition of 10
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1990s Contemporary Steve McCurry Photography

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Ballet Dancers, Zagreb, Croatia
By Steve McCurry
Located in Santa Monica, CA
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Hazara School Children, 2018
By Steve McCurry
Located in ATLANTA, GA
Steve McCurry is an American photographer, freelancer, and photojournalist. His photo Afghan Girl, of a girl with piercing green eyes, has appeared on the cover of National Geographi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Steve McCurry Photography

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Man Covered in Powder, Rajasthan, India, 2009 - Steve McCurry
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Man Covered in Powder, Rajasthan, India, 2009 - Steve McCurry Signed and affixed with photographer's edition label and numbered on reverse Digital c-type print Printed on 20 x 24 i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Steve McCurry Photography

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Running at Sunset, Ethiopia
By Steve McCurry
Located in Santa Monica, CA
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An Afghan Refugee in Balochistan, Pakistan, 1981 - Steve McCurry
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
An Afghan Refugee in Balochistan, Pakistan, 1981 - Steve McCurry Signed and numbered on photographer’s edition label on reverse Digital c-type print 24 x 20 inches Edition of 30 Al...
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1980s Steve McCurry Photography

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Bicycles on Side of Train, India, 1983 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography)
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Bicycles on Side of Train, India, 1983 - Steve McCurry (Colour Photography) Signed and numbered on photographer’s edition label on reverse Digital c-type print 20 x 24 inches Editio...
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1980s Steve McCurry Photography

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Woman in Black, Yemen
By Steve McCurry
Located in ATLANTA, GA
Steve McCurry is an American photographer, freelancer, and photojournalist. His photo Afghan Girl, of a girl with piercing green eyes, has appeared on the cover of National Geographi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Steve McCurry Photography

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Monk at Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet, 2000 - Steve McCurry(Portrait Photography)
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Monk at Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet, 2000 - Steve McCurry(Portrait Photography) Signed and numbered on photographer's edition label on reverse Digital c-type print, printed 2014 20...
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21st Century and Contemporary Steve McCurry Photography

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Railroad Line Inspector, 1983
By Steve McCurry
Located in ATLANTA, GA
Steve McCurry is an American photographer, freelancer, and photojournalist. His photo Afghan Girl, of a girl with piercing green eyes, has appeared on the cover of National Geographi...
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20th Century Modern Steve McCurry Photography

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Young Girl Looks Through Glass, 2018
By Steve McCurry
Located in ATLANTA, GA
Steve McCurry is an American photographer, freelancer, and photojournalist. His photo Afghan Girl, of a girl with piercing green eyes, has appeared on the cover of National Geographi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Steve McCurry Photography

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Girl in New Coat, Xigaze, Tibet, 2001 - Steve McCurry (Colour Portrait)
By Steve McCurry
Located in London, GB
Girl in New Coat, Xigaze, Tibet, 2001 - Steve McCurry (Colour Portrait) Signed and numbered on photographer's edition label on reverse Digital C-type print 20 x 24 inches Edition of ...
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Early 2000s Steve McCurry Photography

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Man and Taj Reflection, Agra, India
By Steve McCurry
Located in Santa Monica, CA
signed by artist in ink on verso
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Steve McCurry Photography

Geisha in Subway
By Steve McCurry
Located in ATLANTA, GA
Steve McCurry is an American photographer, freelancer, and photojournalist. His photo Afghan Girl, of a girl with piercing green eyes, has appeared on the cover of National Geographi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Steve McCurry Photography

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Tibetan Girl with New Coat, 2001
By Steve McCurry
Located in ATLANTA, GA
Steve McCurry is an American photographer, freelancer, and photojournalist. His photo Afghan Girl, of a girl with piercing green eyes, has appeared on the cover of National Geographi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Steve McCurry Photography

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Boy Between Two Daggers, 1997
By Steve McCurry
Located in ATLANTA, GA
Steve McCurry is an American photographer, freelancer, and photojournalist. His photo Afghan Girl, of a girl with piercing green eyes, has appeared on the cover of National Geographi...
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20th Century Modern Steve McCurry Photography

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Candy Factory Worker, 2006
By Steve McCurry
Located in ATLANTA, GA
Steve McCurry is an American photographer, freelancer, and photojournalist. His photo Afghan Girl, of a girl with piercing green eyes, has appeared on the cover of National Geographi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Steve McCurry Photography

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