Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan had recently made the headlines when he hinted at his poor health on Tuesday. Amitabh’s wife Jaya Bachchan stated that the megastar is doing well and he was feeling some pain in his shoulders thanks to the heavy costumes he wore for his upcoming film, Thugs of Hindostan. Big B trended again when an alleged ‘leaked’ image of him from the sets of TOH went viral. However, it turned out that the image in question is of an Afghan refugee, shot by popular photographer Steve McCurry in Baluchistan.
McCurry is well known for his photographs, many of which are centered on India. His work is well-known for the use of brilliant colours and unfamiliar subjects. The images show some honest visual reports of places his fans have never been to. You can check out some of his most popular works below.
Three Men at Holi Festival, Rajasthan, India, 1996. From the new portfolio, Steve McCurry: India. Published in collaboration with Peter Fetterman Gallery. To see more from the portfolio visit @peterfettermangallery. My photographs from India and the new limited edition portfolio will be available for viewing at @photolondonfair May 19-22, Peter Fetterman Gallery Stand C15 #photolondonfair16
Dust Storm, Rajasthan, India, 1983. From the new portfolio, Steve McCurry: India. Published in collaboration with Peter Fetterman Gallery. To see more from the portfolio visit @peterfettermangallery. My photographs from India and the new limited edition portfolio will be available for viewing at @photolondonfair May 19-22, Peter Fetterman Gallery Stand C15 #photolondonfair16
Hazrat Ali Mosque, Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. This image is part of an exhibition in the James A. Michener Art Museum (@michenerart) in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, which is one of the twelve must-see exhibitions to see in the U.S. this summer. http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2016/07/27/museum-exhibits/87602104/
A tram winds its way through the streets of Calcutta. Dirty, hot, smoggy, friendly, it is a place so humid that even the buildings seem to sweat. I spent a long time searching for a way to capture the energy and vitality of this most unique of cities. Fortunately, I was welcomed into an apartment above street level by a young couple. After taking this image I stayed for a cup of tea. #india #calcutta #kolkata
At the foot of the vast Mehrangarh Fort, in Jodhpur, India, one can find the Blue City, a small tightly knit maze of houses located towards the north of the city. I photographed this young boy dashing through the narrow alleyways with handprints on the walls. Handprints are an ancient form of folk art, which I have found and photographed in many places around the world.
McCurry’s most popular photo is undoubtedly that of the ‘Afghan girl’ which went on to become the cover picture for National Geographic in 1985. It is considered to be one of the most recognized photos of all times and draws parallels to Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The image has now become an iconic poster of "the First World's Third World Mona Lisa".
McCurry reportedly visited India about 60 times. He had once remarked how the country had trained him to 'watch and wait on life'. In an interview, McCurry had said, "If you wait, people would forget your camera and the soul world drifts into view.”