Yup that is right, the man himself was here in Kuala Lumpur and indeed it was a good experience of him sharing his thoughts on photography and challenges he faced till now as a photographer.
A small write up on McCurry from Wikipedia states this :
McCurry began studying film history cinematography and filmmaking at Penn State in 1968, but ended up getting a degree in theater arts and graduating cum laude in 1974. He became very interested in photography when he started taking pictures for the Penn State newspaper called The Daily Collegian.
His photojournalism career began with his coverage of the Soviet war in Afghanistan. McCurry disguised himself in native dress and hid his film by sewing it into his clothes. His images were among the first of the conflict and were widely published. His coverage won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad.
McCurry’s most recognized photo is that of “Afghan Girl,” a previously unidentified Afghan refugee. The image itself was named as “the most recognized photograph” in the history of the National Geographic magazine and her face became famous as the cover photograph on the June 1985 issue. The photo has also been widely used on Amnesty International brochures, posters, and calendars. The identity of the “Afghan Girl” remained unknown for over 15 years until McCurry and a National Geographic team located the woman, Sharbat Gula, in 2002.
When I asked him on the topic of culture and how he perceives culture, he said that photography has always been a way of him trying to show the world of the things that he adore and wants others to experience from his travels. The human emotions are the main gist of his photography usually and he adds by saying that he usually carries up to 5 lenses but only sticks with a 24mm wide angle lens for all the pictures that he take.
Thus, seeing this man really inspired me and to listen from him on photography. And he is also one of the renowned photographers who is attached with Magnum Photos and this agency was started by the best in the world, people like Robert Capa and Henri Cartier Bresson also to greats like David Seymour.
So, people who dont know about him and his pictures, please do check out his pictrues at his website. Besides here are the two out of 6 pictures that I took of him during the talk at the Annexe Gallery:
Well, thats all for now and I cant wait for the weekend as I need to shoot for the 24 Hour KL project !