A picture speaks a thousand words, a collection of brilliant and mind blowing iconic internationally recognised photographs spanning over a period of 30 years is the showcase of a world class master photographer that commands great respect and following from fellow photographers and fans around the world.
I can still remember and will always remember that pair of beautiful eyes on the front cover of National Geographic Magazine that “spoke to me” when I was a young kid in school. The Afghan girl portrait was just one of the most beautiful photographs captured by the world famous iconic photogrpaher Steve McCurry.
Steve McCurry photography artworks had a huge influence on me and how I started off my photography journey approximately 30 years ago and the Afghan girl portrait shot by Steve McCurry was perhaps the photograph that got me started off in photography and photojournalism. My style of photography story telling was inspired a lot by National Geographic Magazine and by great photographers such as Steve McCurry.
When I got news about a month ago that Steve McCurry would be coming to Singapore, I was very excited and it would really be a wonderful opportunity to listen and meet one of my favourite photographers right here in person. Once more details were announced, Steve McCurry would be exhibiting his photography works at Sundaram Tagore Gallery with a special selection of 53 photographs personally for this exhibition.
There was a Q&A session with Steve McCurry on Saturday 16th January 2016 from 3pm to 5pm, with a large turnout and a number of attendees had to stand behind and at the sides of the exhibition space, just to catch and listen to the great man sharing about his work, photography and life experiences. The experiences and stories shared by Steve was simply amazing and humbling. While I didn’t embark on a full time career as a photographer or photojournalist, in my personal photography adventures and freelance photography work, story telling had been an integral part of my photography adventures and works.
After the Q&A session, I continued to stay behind and view the photographs that were being exhibited with Faiz, having a lot of discussion, exchanging views, ideas and thoughts while looking at the photographs. We also decided to purchase one of Steve McCurry photo books available on sale at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, titled “India”.
Being a huge fan of this great man, I turned into a fan boy mode, queued up along with fellow fans, holding my photo book in one hand and my camera in the other hand, waiting patiently for my turn to get my photo book autographed, shake his hand and take a photo with a world famous iconic photographer Steve McCurry, a photographer that I looked upon to and had a huge influence on me. This priceless photograph of Steve McCurry and myself, is taken by my friend Faiz, thanks bro!
Today, I learned more about Steve McCurry, his photography artworks, his experiences, sharing and wisdom. It’s about learning and continuing to learn, even at his tenure and huge experiences, this is very humbling, coming from the master photographer himself.
I still have a lot to learn and improve, on my photography, on my photography story telling, on personal photography projects, holding my photography exhibition in the near future and the list goes on.
Thank you, Steve McCurry, for visiting Singapore again, sharing with your fans here in Singapore on your photography journeys, iconic photographs and experiences.
Exhibition Title: Steve McCurry: The Iconic Photographs
Exhibition Dates: 16th January 2016 to 21st February 2016
Venue: Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Address: 5 Lock Road Gillman Barracks #01-05 Singapore 108933
Opening Hours: Tues to Sat: 11am – 7pm, Sun: 11am – 6pm Closed on Mondays