The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg presents a comprehensive survey of the explosively colorful oeuvre of the American photographer Steve McCurry in a museum setting in Germany. Continuing its series of pioneering photographers that has included the works of Man Ray (1994), Brassaï (2004), Edward Steichen (2008) and Henri Cartier-Bresson (2011/12), the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg now devotes a solo exhibition to a living photographer.

Steve McCurry attained worldwide fame when he managed to cross the border from Pakistan into Afghanistan at the time of the 1979 Soviet invasion. He took the first photographs from this war-torn region, which were published in the New York Times, Time Magazine and Geo. The now iconic image of the Afghan girl Sharbat Gula taken in a refugee camp appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1985. McCurry has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1986, the famed agency founded among others by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa in 1947.

McCurry’s close ties to Asia have unbroken since his first trips to India and Afghanistan towards the end of 1970s. For him, the fundamental difference between Asian and Western culture rests in the publicness of life and the merger of profane and religious life there. The exhibition complies with this focus and shows his world-famous images from the past three decades taken in countries such as Afghanistan, India, Kashmir, Burma, Tibet, Cambodia, Kuwait, China, Bangladesh and Nepal.

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