Lasting till Wednesday 14th of November, at Galerie Ambit there is an exhibition of one of the most famous and talented photographer in the world: Steve McCurry.
Steve McCurry is an American freelance photojournalist. His most famous photo is of the “Afgan Girl“, the girl with the piercing green eyes that periodically appears on the cover of National Geographic.
McCurry is the recipient of numerous awards, including Magazine Photographer of the Year, awarded by the National Press Photographers Association, the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal and two first-place prizes in the World Press Photo contest (1985 and 1992).
During 30 years of work, he portrayed the many faces of humanity: tribes connected to their ancient rituals as individuals taken away from everything they knew, workers or beggars, women, and children: mainly, the last. He also reported all the major conflict, such as Iran-Iraq war, Lebanon civil war, Cambodian civil war, but the one that boosted his career was the first: Afghanistan war.
He took a serious interest in photography after graduating from university, when he started to work for a newspaper. He then packed up and traveled to Afghanistan where he witnessed and documented the very beginning of the conflict between Afghani people and the Soviet Army.
His style is unmistakable, characterized by sharp and piercing contrast, impacting colors, particularly red tones and most of all, striking faces. During the time he specialized in taking portraits, as he feels that is the people that tell the story.
McCurry concentrates on the toll war takes on humans. He intends to show what war does to not only the landscape but to the people who inhabit that land: the change in their eyes, their scars. They are the living chronicle of the land they live in. “Most of my images are grounded in people..” What McCurry wants his viewers to take away from his photographs is the human connection between all of us. He believes there is always some common thing between all humans despite the differences in religion, language, ethnicity, etc.”
You can visit the exhibition every day of the week between 10:00 and 18:30.
Galerie is next to Mustek Metro station connecting it to both A and B lines. If you prefer to take a tram, 9-41-98 lines are available at Národní třída or Václavské náměstí tram station, both close. By bus, your best option is lines 904-910 at Myslíkova station.
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