Monday, September 14, 2015

WORK OF THE WEEK: Rajasthan Stepwell by Steve McCurry

Rajasthan Stepwell
FujiFlex Crystal Archive Print
20 x 24 inches

Rajasthan Stepwell” is a captivating photograph of the historic Stepwell in India - brilliantly photographed by world renowned photographer, Steve McCurry.  This unique Fuji Crystal photograph, completely draws the viewer in – as if you were actually experiencing the Stepwell.  This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone familiar with Mr. McCurry’s work, his photos often take us to remote places in the world - beautiful but often forgotten places, where he finds hidden beauty in the landscape, architecture and people of his chosen location.    Stepwells, are wells or ponds in which water may be reached by descending a set of steps.  They were developed in India, mainly to cope with seasonal fluctuations in water availability.   They are often multi-storied having a bullock which may turn the water wheel (rehat) to raise the water in the well to the first or second floor.   The construction may be utilitarian, but often includes significant and intricate architectural embellishments.  Mr. McCurry’s unique and artistic perspective on the location makes it even more spectacular!

Steve McCurry attended Penn State University, where he originally planned to study cinematography and filmmaking, but ended up obtaining a degree in theater arts, graduating in 1974.  He became interested in photography while taking pictures for the Penn State newspaper, the Daily Collegian.  After working at Today's Post in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania for two years, he left for India to freelance.   His career was launched when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into rebel-controlled Afghanistan just before the Russian invasion. Since then McCurry has covered many areas of international and civil conflict, including the Iran-Iraq war, the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia, Beirut, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Gulf War and continuing coverage of Afghanistan.  He focuses on the human consequences of war, not only showing what war impresses on the landscape, but also on the human face – often creating stunning and colorful portraits. 

Best known for his evocative color photography, McCurry captures the essence of human struggle and joy in the finest documentary tradition.  Member of Magnum Photos since 1986, McCurry has searched and found the unforgettable. Many of his breathtaking images have become modern day icons.  His work has been featured in every major magazine in the world and frequently appears in National Geographic magazine.  His iconic photograph “Afghan Girl” which first appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine in June of 1985, still remains one of the most recognizable photographs in the world today.  Now recognized universally as one of today's finest image makers, Steve McCurry continues to win many of the world’s top photography awards. 

 A new exhibition of photographs by Steve McCurry will open in our Greenwich, CT Gallery from September 14th through October 4th.  VIEW THE EXHIBITION ONLINE.

Contact us for pricing and inquiries about this work: 203.869.3664 or
(available in three sizes: 20 x 24, 30 x 40, or 40 x 60 inches)