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En alguna ocasión ya os hemos hablado del que para nosotros es uno de los mejores fotógrafos que ha dado la historia de este arte. Para los que no le conozcáis, decir que Steve McCurry (1950) es un fotoperiodista estadounidense, mundialmente conocido por ser el autor de la fotografía la niña afgana, aparecida en la revista en la revista National Geographic en 1985. Pero nos parece muy injusto quedarnos solamente en ese detalle. El fotógrafo, que comenzó su carrera con la Guerra de Afganistan (1978-1992), ha demostrado a lo largo de toda su carrera que es un grandísimo viajero y un fotógrafo único poseedor de una intuición y una capacidad poco usual para retratar el mundo (y si hablamos de sus colores, éstos son, sin ninguna duda, los que nos muestra Mccurry). La Editorial Phaidon publica India, un libro que explora las vidas de la gente común a través del lente de McCurry, uno de los fotógrafos más admirados todavía en activo. Esta nueva selección de fotografías, emotivas y bellas de la India cuenta con 100 imágenes tomadas en todo el subcontinente indio, muchas inéditas, así como fotografías icónicas que son famosas en todo el mundo. Cuenta con un ensayo introductorio de William Dalrymple. Tenerlo en las manos con sus grandes ampliaciones es una auténtica gozada. Y como no podría ser de otra manera, nos despedimos con una reflexión de este gran Maestro de Maestros: “En el retrato espero el momento en el que la persona se halla desprevenida, cuando afloran en su cara la esencia de su alma y de sus experiencias…. Si encuentro a la persona o el tema oportuno, en ocasiones regreso una, dos, o hasta media docena de veces, siempre esperando el instante justo. A diferencia del escritor, en mi trabajo, una vez que tengo hechas las maletas, ya no existe otra oportunidad para un nuevo esbozo. O tengo la foto o no. Esto es lo que guía y obsesiona al fotógrafo profesional, el ahora o nunca. Para mí, los retratos de este libro transmiten un deseo de relación humana, un deseo tan fuerte que gente que sabe que no me volverá a ver nunca más se abre a la cámara, esperando que alguien lo observe al otro lado, alguien que ría o sufra con ella.”

 

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Streets in the late evening, Bombay/Mumbai, India, 1994 As the sun sets over this busy Bombay/Mumbai intersection the buildings are bathed in a magical golden light. Working from top to bottom, the scene appears to increase in speed as we move downwards towards the main road. The river of taxis speeding to left and right serve as a striking counterpoint to the street life above. Phaidon Iconic_Book

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Three men, Jodhpur, India, 1996 "It is a hot afternoon in the Old Quarter, the Brahman section of Jodhpur. Three city workmen wait for their afternoon tea, delivered each day by a street vendor. McCurry discovers these wonderful juxtapositions of colour, shapes and planes during his 'wanderings', long walks during which he focuses attention on the here and now, being fully open to what each moment brings. Here, the red jumps out of the blue as if in an abstract painting, yet remains centered within the lives of these three men, patiently awaiting their tea." - Phaidon 55 Magnum Photos, NYC5911, MCS1996002 K145 Phaidon, 55, South Southeast, Iconic Photographs, IP page 13, final book_iconic, final print_milan On the edge of the Thar Desert is Jodhpur, once the capital of a princely state. Its medieval quarter, surrounded by a ten-kilometer wall, is a maze of alleyways, often only wide enough for a man or a cow to pass. There are no cars or motorcycles, only vendors hawking their wares on foot. The old city is blue. Local guides say that the blue wash of the houses originally indicated the homes of the upper-caste Brahmins, custodians of holy places and the written word. Others contradict this, saying buildings used to be painted white, before the discovery that copper sulfate added to the white-lime-wash- turning it blue- deterred nesting termites. It caught on. Varieties of blue, from royal blue to aquamarine, form the backdrop for a theatre of colour played out its streets, defying the parched orange of the surrounding desert. McCurry, Steve. (2000). South SouthEast. London: Phaidon Press Limited., 139 At the heart of the old city of Jodhpur is the medieval quarter. The area is made up of a network of passageways, where the walls are all painted blue. There McCurry happened upon these three workers taking a break from their labours.

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INDIA-10209NF, Boy participating in the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is covered with red powder during the exuberant celebration. This festival marks the birthday of Lord Ganesh. Ganesh, or Ganpati as he is sometimes called, is one of the most popular deities in the region. He is worshiped by both Shaivites and Vaishnavites. Even Buddhists and Jains have respect for Ganesh. He is considered to be an avatar of both Shiva and Vishnu., Mumbai (Bombay), India, 1996In the midst of the festival of Ganesh in Bombay, as people young and old processed from their neighborhoods to the sea, McCurry interrupted a youngster with a request to make his picture. The boy consented, and one reads in his eyes the vulnerability of his acceptance. We see a fragment of festive time, a stilled moment extracted from a noisy, exuberant parade. Yet the boy, framed on the one side by three aggressive slashes of red upon the light face of a pillar; the shadow form of another person at his other side; and the central anchor of his intensely questioning eyes. -Anthony Bannon Phaidon, 55, Portraits, South Southeast, Iconic Images, final book_iconic

INDIA-10226NF4, Astrologer, Varanasi, India, 1996As the light of the moon shimmers on the ancient Ganges, a boatman rows his last remaining passengers to their destination. Bathed in pool of light, an innkeeper, who also deals in astrology, surveys the scene. Perhaps he hopes to read the palm of one more customer, or offer them a bed in his guesthouse

 

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