Synopses & Reviews
Steve McCurry's iconic images have made him one of the world's most popular photographers working today. Now, for the first time, he shares the stories behind stunning images taken from around the world throughout his extensive career.
In the finest documentary tradition, Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs delves into McCurry's personal archive to reveal never-before-seen ephemera, including journals, portraits, maps, and beautifully reproduced snapshots from various assignments. The book is organized into 14 photo stories, each brought to life by narrative text and over 100 lavish, full-color photo plates. Together, these fascinating documents create a living biography of one of photography's greatest legends.
"Photographer McCurry has created some of the most empathetic portraits in memory including the iconic National Geographic cover of the Afghan girl yet the latest book on his prolific career fails to provide insight into the man himself. Broken into chapters ranging from specific trips, like a rail journey across India, to long-term interests like Buddhism, the text covers vast swathes of political history and relates anecdotes from McCurry's travels, but through the voice of an anonymous writer. The writer relates McCurry's adventures in an overly descriptive manner, giving detailed analysis to the photographs and repeatedly reminding the reader of McCurry's compassion as a documentary photographer, as a result overwhelming McCurry's own voice. The few quotes from McCurry are a breath of fresh air in an otherwise didactic text. Archival material from McCurry's travels, such as replications of Indian rail stubs, passport pages, itineraries and to-do lists, mostly serve to create a scrapbook effect. Die-hard fans of McCurry will find these stories of biographical interest but photographers will be disappointed at what little attention is given to technique. The stunning photo plates reproduced in this volume are McCurry's best advocates, proving this to be a case in which pictures speak more than words. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.