Steve McCurry: The Unguarded Moment

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The title of this book is a phrase that Steve McCurry uses a lot when talking about his work - he is always trying to capture those 'unguarded moments' when people are at their most unselfconscious and natural. McCurry takes photographs all over the world, for National Geographic magazine and his own projects, so this book includes the places, colours and forms of Yemen, Mali, Niger, Chad, India, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), France and the former Yugoslavia, among others. "The Unguarded ...

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Overview

The title of this book is a phrase that Steve McCurry uses a lot when talking about his work - he is always trying to capture those 'unguarded moments' when people are at their most unselfconscious and natural. McCurry takes photographs all over the world, for National Geographic magazine and his own projects, so this book includes the places, colours and forms of Yemen, Mali, Niger, Chad, India, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), France and the former Yugoslavia, among others. "The Unguarded Moment" is the same size as South Southeast, but apart from the wider range of countries and continents covered, another key difference between the two titles is that all the images in this new book are landscape format. In "The Unguarded Moment", people go about their everyday business in extraordinary circumstances and settings, like the young tea vendor wading through the waist-deep monsoon waters in India, the fishermen casting their nets in the Niger river in Mali's Sahel Desert and the boy working in a candy factory in Kabul, Afghanistan. This book includes striking portraits of a Tuareg woman in Mali, an intense you ng gypsy boy in Marseille, France and pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma. There are children paying close attention to their teachers in school rooms in Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, as well as five young monks happily playing with computer games at a monastery in India, just like any other boys their age would.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714846644
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 5/23/2009
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 964,090
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 15.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A Journey to Another World

    The Unguarded Moment includes portraits and landscapes from India, South Africa, France, Yemen, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Tibet, and other countries. It is a beautiful companion piece to the earlier Looking East: Portraits by Steve McCurry.

    Unlike Looking East, where all the photographs were in portrait (vertical) mode, all of The Unguarded Moment's photographs are in landscape (horizontal) mode. This may seem inconsequential, until you start leafing through the book and find you don't have to keep changing its orientation on your lap or table. The quality of the reproductions lives up to Phaidon's reputation.

    If you love outstanding photography, you will not be disappointed by these images. They are mysterious and evocative, funny and heart-breaking. Mostly, though, they are beautiful.

    The photographs stand on their own, and each is identified by the subject - what it is you're looking at - and the date and place it was taken. Would my enjoyment have been enhanced by more editorial content? Yes; and that's the reason I marked down slightly in the "informative" and "comprehensive" categories. People who love Steve McCurry's photographs want to know more about them.

    But he is silent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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