24 February – 19 March 2016
Showing a cross-section of works from his long career, the exhibition is an opportunity to view McCurry’s most iconic images. Having travelled the globe for over thirty years, McCurry is a veteran photojournalist who has photographed war-zones, burning oil fields, refugee camps, ship breaking yards and monsoons all over the globe.
A highlight of the exhibition is McCurry’s most well known portrait, known as the Afghan Girl, which became one of the most iconic images of the twentieth century after it was featured as cover of National Geographic magazine. The photograph shot McCurry to international acclaim and has become the human face of conflict in the Middle East. However, the famous image was not originally chosen for publication. Another showing the young girl covering her lower face with her shawl was picked by McCurry, but the magazine’s editor, Bill Garett, reviewed the seconds from McCurry’s shots and decided that the now-famous image should be used for the magazine’s cover. Both images will be on display in the exhibition.
Other highlights include dramatic photographs of fishermen using stilts to catch fish in Weligama, Sri Lanka, and camels in search of water, silhouetted against Kuwait’s burning landscape during the Gulf War. A selection of McCurry’s extensive work in India and Tibet will also be on display. McCurry’s coverage of the September 11th 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre, New York, which has become a key document of the terrorist attacks, will also feature.