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Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs
     

Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs

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by Steve McCurry
 

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/16/2013
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.)
Bookpage
McCurry takes readers on an amazing global journey in Untold. . . This is a book suited for both browsing and focused reading.
"Best Photography Books of 2013" Photo.net
. . .[McCurry] gives you a sense of not just the event but the intimate nature of photographing the event as well. The reader is offered an authentic glance behind the scenes at the life of a true voyager. Untold is an essential read for any aspiring photojournalist or anyone with that wanderlust spirit.
From the Publisher
. . .[McCurry] gives you a sense of not just the event but the intimate nature of photographing the event as well. The reader is offered an authentic glance behind the scenes at the life of a true voyager. Untold is an essential read for any aspiring photojournalist or anyone with that wanderlust spirit.—Photo.net, "Best Photography Books of 2013"

We've seen McCurry's greatest hits. . . Here we get the anecdotes behind these images, as well as a slew of lesser-known shots that indicate his ever-ready camera and trigger finger.—American Photo

Spread over some 250 pages are famous and lesser-known images, as well as anecdotes and shots of ephemera he gathered along the way, including letters and journal pages.—The Wall Street Journal

An incredibly thorough book. . . This collection helps us understand how and why someone could create images like those, and makes us all the more thankful for them. . . This book represents a great addition to any photo library.—Photographer's Forum

An engrossing new book about his career, Steve McCurry Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs contains photo series, essays, journals, and assignment letters.—Newsweek/The Daily Beast

McCurry takes readers on an amazing global journey in Untold. . . This is a book suited for both browsing and focused reading.—Bookpage

Untold spans 30 years of McCurry's career and includes fascinating ephemera from his travels: diary entries, photos of him at work, and some of the 20-plus passports he's gone through over the decades. McCurry survived the Slovenia plane crash, as well as armed robbers and bombings in Afghanistan, but what comes through in his images is wonder, rather than suffering. He manages to make the world seem enormous and quite small; exotic, and somehow familiar.—TIME LightBox

TIME LightBox
Untold spans 30 years of McCurry's career and includes fascinating ephemera from his travels: diary entries, photos of him at work, and some of the 20-plus passports he's gone through over the decades. McCurry survived the Slovenia plane crash, as well as armed robbers and bombings in Afghanistan, but what comes through in his images is wonder, rather than suffering. He manages to make the world seem enormous and quite small; exotic, and somehow familiar.
American Photo
We've seen McCurry's greatest hits. . . Here we get the anecdotes behind these images, as well as a slew of lesser-known shots that indicate his ever-ready camera and trigger finger.
Newsweek/The Daily Beast
An engrossing new book about his career, Steve McCurry Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs contains photo series, essays, journals, and assignment letters.
The Wall Street Journal
Spread over some 250 pages are famous and lesser-known images, as well as anecdotes and shots of ephemera he gathered along the way, including letters and journal pages.
Photographer's Forum
An incredibly thorough book. . . This collection helps us understand how and why someone could create images like those, and makes us all the more thankful for them. . . This book represents a great addition to any photo library.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714864624
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
524,420
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 13.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
Up to 18 Years

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Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
aninna_q More than 1 year ago
Steve McCurry is one of my favorite photographers, I love his work and I have other books by him. This is special though, because in addition to the usual magnificent pictures, there is an explanation of the historical context and personal circumstances that led to each picture. Through portraits of people, McCurry portraits different countries in different historical periods with deep human sympathy. This book teaches more than history and sociology essays.