Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs (Hardcover)

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Sure to be a collector’s item, McCurry’s latest reveals some of the stories behind his iconic images. This extraordinary book includes over one hundred beautiful full-color photos and never-before-seen items from his collection of essays, journals, maps, and letters. (Praveen)

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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.

Praise For…

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

. . .[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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780714864624
ISBN-10: 0714864625
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2013
Pages: 262
Language: English