Steve McCurry: Afghanistan

12th May 2014 - 7th Jun 2014

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12 May – 07 June 2014

An exhibition celebrating Steve McCurry’s ongoing relationship with Afghanistan’s people, culture and landscape.

A rare chance to see powerful photographs from the archive of this legendary photojournalist, documenting the rich history of a troubled, yet beautiful country.

In 1978 Steve McCurry travelled to Pakistan as a young freelance photojournalist looking for stories. It was here and then that he met the first of many Afghan refugees, who encouraged Steve to travel with them to their country to help tell the story of a conflict between US backed Mujahideen rebels and the Soviet backet Afghan Government, a conflict that was to develop into a bloody 9 year long war that would take the lives of over 1 million Afghans.

Steve McCurry (born in Philadelphia, 1950) is one of the most recognised and celebrated photographers of our time. His iconic portrait, The Afghan Girl, has become a symbol of middle eastern culture and a piece of photographic history. First published as the now famous cover to National Geographic’s June 1985 issue, the portrait of Sharbat Gula in the red veil is just one of hundreds of awe inspiring photographs from Steve’s time in Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan.

A country of great contrast, torn by conflict and washed in beauty, Afghanistan has been a recurring subject in Steve’s work for over 30 years. During his various tenures there he has lived with the Afghan people, both military and civilian, and documented conflict, culture and scenery across the incredibly varied landscape.

Works

Kuchi Nomads at Prayer, 1992

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A Young Boy Stands with his Firearm, 1979

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Afghan Girl, Peshawar, Pakistan, 1984

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Father and Son in Helmand Province, 1980

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Mujahideen Fighters watch Convoy, Nuristan, Afghanistan, 1979

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Mujahid Prays, 1980

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Mujahideen Leader Speaks to Fighters, Afghanistan, 1980

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An Afghan Refugee in Balochistan, Pakistan, 1981

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Refugee Camp in Peshawar, 1984

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Man in Bamiyan Mosque, 2006

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Young Men Train for War, 1984

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Men Watch as Tanks go by, Afghanistan, 1992

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Hazara Man Pulls Cart Past Burning House, 1985

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Pigeon Feeding near Blue Mosque, 1991

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Blue Mosque, Mazar-E-Sharif, 1992

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Children Work in Opium Field in Badakhshan, 1992

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Salat at Blue Mosque in Mazar-E-Sharif, 1992

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Men attend Mine Awareness Program in Kandahar, 1992

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Camel Caravan, Southern Afghanistan, 1980

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Portrait Photographer, Afghanistan, 1992

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Rebuilding a Kiln in Kandahar, 1992

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Men Fight in Trenches during Civil War, 1995

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Kandahar Bazaar, 1992

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Farmer in Jalalabad, 1992

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Kabul Cemetery, 1992

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Men Shovel Debris in Kabul, 1993

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Horse and Two Towers at Band-E-Amir, 2002

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Shiite Muslims during Ashura, 2002

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Woman in Canary Burqa, 2002

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Brickmaker Prays in Bamiyan, 2006

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Girl Between two Women in Bazaar, 2002

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