Steve McCurry
Steve is recognized universally as one of today’s finest image-makers, and has won many of photography’s top awards. Best known for his evocative color photography, Steve, in the finest documentary tradition, captures the essence of human struggle and joy. Steve’s work has been featured in every major magazine in the world and frequently appears in National Geographic Magazine with recent articles on Tibet, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and the temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia. McCurry is driven by an innate curiosity and sense of wonder about the world and everyone in it. He has an uncanny ability to cross boundaries of language and culture to capture stories of human experience. “Most of my images are grounded in people. I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face. I try to convey what it is like to be that person, a person caught in a broader landscape, that you could call the human condition.”

MY BEST PHOTO TIPS FOR BURMA:

The best time of day to photograph in Burma:

Any time of day really, but it is always good to get out early in the morning, when the light is soft or to get the golden evening light. I often work on interiors and portraits inside during the middle of the day. 

The one best travel lens to bring on the Burma workshop:
24-70 mm is a great lens which can do a lot of different things. If I had to mention just one lens, I would recommend that one. 

How to safeguard your photo equipment against moisture and dust in the tropics / Asia:
As for moisture: I would say, if you keep your lenses enclosed, it is a good idea to take them out every day and let them air, otherwise moisture might build up.

And as for dust – well, basically it is just best to stay out of dust altogether. But if you can’t, then you will have to take your chances, and at least don’t attempt to change lenses while you are in a dusty environment. 

How to achieve those vibrant colour combinations and compositions, you are so famous for?
Well, on the workshop I’ll be doing a session on how to capture great portraits and how to approach people along the way. But basically, you have to look around for things to happen naturally, and underexpose the image to bring out the colour – and with practice you can train you eye to see certain color combinations and patterns.

Your favourite place to experience in Burma?
I have to say, I love going to Mandalay. It has wonderful temples there, that are visited by Burmese from all over the country. It is a place full of statues and crafts and there a hundreds of monasteries all around. In that way it offers a lot of facets and is an amazing place. I would definitely recommend Mandalay as a place to see in Burma.

 

 

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