Steve McCurry

Photographs from the East

03.07.2015 - 01.11.2015
Tue-Sun 10am-5pm,
Wed 10am-8pm
Schaudepot, Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstr. 96

In pictures of incredible intensity and beauty Steve McCurry records major changes in our world. The American achieved fame in 1979 when, disguised as one of the mujahideen, he smuggled the first pictures out of occupied Afghanistan. Several years later, in a refugee camp in Pakistan he took his most famous photograph, the picture of the green-eyed Afghan girl that has since become an icon. McCurry’s fondness for Asia has remained unaltered since these first visits. For him the contrast to western culture lies in public space and the way day-to-day and religious life are melded. His cosmos of powerful and colorful images tells us about vanishing cultures and reports on the effects of globalization. Using previously unpublished works, films and interviews the exhibition presents one of today’s most influential reporter photographers.

Guided Tours, Exhibition Talks, Workshops and more
The educational program of the exhibition opens a dialogue by means of tours and exhibition talks. It offers creative confrontations in workshops, in particular for schools or for families, as well as in project days during vacation. A film screening and a concert invite to experience the exhibition in a special atmosphere.

Developed by students of the ZHdK, the special issue „Foto-Menschen-Bilder“ (in German) published by, reflects upon topics around the past and present of humanistic photography.

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