Steve McCurry 1980 – 2009. South East

This great personal exhibition of the known photojournalist Steve McCurry, organized by the Municipality of Milan and the Royal Palace, covers the period of thirty years of direct experience of the photographer with simple people in complicated life’s circumstances.

The exhibition, called SOUTH-EAST, shows us over 200 moments captured by the lens of the photographer during his trips in South and East, mostly Afghanistan, India, Tibet and Burma.

His well known portrait of an Afghan girl in a refugee camp in Pakistan arrived all over the world and remained one of the most known and most beautiful in the field of photography. It was very emotional the moment when McCurry found again the girl, 17 years later, now as a mature woman, and made her new portrait which captured all the experience and suffering of the years that had passed and let their mark on her face.
Like these, there’s a lot of other photos at the exhibition that tell us about joy and torments in life. Great patience of the photographer rewarded him with the possibility to capture a glimpse at people’s soul, mistrustful at the beginning.

The extraordinary adventure and carrier of Steve McCurry started when he took off for India to work as a freelance. In the country of meditation he learned that patience opens a lot of possibilities, and that, sooner or later, as he said, “people will forget the camera and the soul will drift up into view”.

The carrier of the photojournalist who brings us the authentic image of war from the most sever fronts in the world, gave him some very prestigious awards like: the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, Magazine Photographer of the Year awarded by the National Press photographers Association, and the win in the World Press Photo Contest.

The photo itinerary of the exhibition in some moments will make you laugh, in others it will make you shudder, it will make you talk and discuss and it will leave you speechless. Unfortunately, it lasts only until January 31st.

If you’d like to know some more about the life and work of Steve McCurry, please visit his official website

Mondays from 14:00 to 19:30
Tuesday-Sunday from 9:30 to 19:30
Thursdays from 9:30 to 22:30

full price €8
reduced price €6.50
school reduced price €3

Palazzo della Ragione
Piazza dei Mercanti 1, Milan

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