Photography lovers have the opportunity to admire the works of the great photographer Steve McCurry displayed in the museum complex of Gallerie Estensi of Modena from 13th September 2019 to 6th January 2020. Each of the 70 featured images collected in the forty years of the career of this American photographer is really able to take you beyond the printed photo. Even if you are not truly interested in photography, you can still appreciate this photographic exhibition.
“What matters most is that each picture stands on its own, with its own place and feeling” “Steve McCurry”
In terms of photography, Steve McCurry had a big influence in my life. Over the years I have had several occasions in different places in which the chance to meet him or even just come across him has arisen, but unfortunately for one reason or another I always missed that opportunity. This time since the exhibition is taking place right in the city where I live, I didn’t want to miss my chance.
Steve McCurry is the one who inspired me to visit my native country of Sri Lanka. That sounds really weird, right? Well, yes, that’s what happened. Since the moment he brought the stick fishermen of Sri Lanka to the world’s attention in 1995, I felt like I wanted to know the land where I was born. And, that is how, at the earliest opportunity I decided to travel to Sri Lanka, and, of course, I went to see the stick fishermen and wouldn’t have missed it for anything.
Steve McCurry is an American photojournalist, born on April 23rd in 1950 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His most famous work is the “Afghan Girl” which became famous in 1985 thanks to National Geographic Magazine. I’m quite sure that many of us still have a vivid memory of that fair-skin girl with the piercing green eyes.
Periodically it appears when his name is mentioned. If you ever have some minutes available, I suggest you read the story behind that girl and believe me, the photography has an even more touching value. It’s not just another well-taken photo. Well, in fact, all of his photographs he focuses on telling a story. When you see his photographs you will get the feeling of being a part of his journey.
The theme of Steve McCurry’s photo exhibition in Modena is concentrated on reading, “leggere” in Italian. It shows people in different corners of the world, in various contexts, involved in the universal act of reading. I’m telling you; looking at the photographs, it is like you are living the story behind each image.
If you ever happen to be in the area, I highly recommend you add Steve Mc Curry’s photographic exhibition to your things to do in Modena since I do believe that it will leave you with a positive impression. Looking at those images in such a large format is very impactful. It is not like looking at a computer, they really look like they want to tell you something.
As far as I’m concerned I can say that this is definitely the type of photography I admire.
The entire visit lasts around two hours and it comes for a reasonable price of €10,00. Discounts can be applied for students and children. Lunch hours are recommended since it is not crowded, people start coming more and more after 2 pm. You should find some time to visit Steve McCurry’s photographic exhibition in Modena and you will not regret it.
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