STEVE MCCURRY AFGHANISTAN

12 MAY - 07 JUNE 2014

An exhibition celebrating Steve McCurry's ongoing relationship with Afghanistan's people, culture and landscape.

A rare chance to see powerful photographs from the archive of this legendary photojournalist, documenting the rich history of a troubled, yet beautiful country.

In 1978 Steve McCurry travelled to Pakistan as a young freelance photojournalist looking for stories. It was here and then that he met the first of many Afghan refugees, who encouraged Steve to travel with them to their country to help tell the story of a conflict between US backed Mujahideen rebels and the Soviet backet Afghan Government, a conflict that was to develop into a bloody 9 year long war that would take the lives of over 1 million Afghans.

Steve McCurry (born in Philadelphia, 1950) is one of the most recognised and celebrated photographers of our time. His iconic portrait, The Afghan Girl, has become a symbol of middle eastern culture and a piece of photographic history. First published as the now famous cover to National Geographic's June 1985 issue, the portrait of Sharbat Gula in the red veil is just one of hundreds of awe inspiring photographs from Steve's time in Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan.

A country of great contrast, torn by conflict and washed in beauty, Afghanistan has been a recurring subject in Steve's work for over 30 years. During his various tenures there he has lived with the Afghan people, both military and civilian, and documented conflict, culture and scenery across the incredibly varied landscape.

TEETH MAKER IN KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN, 1998 by STEVE MCCURRY (Born 1950) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

TEETH MAKER IN KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN, 1998

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CAMEL CARAVAN, SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN, 1980 by STEVE MCCURRY (Born 1950) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CAMEL CARAVAN, SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN, 1980

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MEN ATTEND MINE AWARENESS PROGRAM IN KANDAHAR, 1992 by STEVE MCCURRY (Born 1950) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MEN ATTEND MINE AWARENESS PROGRAM IN KANDAHAR, 1992

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PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER, AFGHANISTAN, 1992 by STEVE MCCURRY (Born 1950) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER, AFGHANISTAN, 1992

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REBUILDING A KILN IN KANDAHAR, 1992 by STEVE MCCURRY (Born 1950) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

REBUILDING A KILN IN KANDAHAR, 1992

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MEN FIGHT IN TRENCHES DURING CIVIL WAR, 1995 by STEVE MCCURRY (Born 1950) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MEN FIGHT IN TRENCHES DURING CIVIL WAR, 1995

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KANDAHAR BAZAAR, 1992 by STEVE MCCURRY (Born 1950) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

KANDAHAR BAZAAR, 1992

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FARMER IN JALALABAD, 1992 by STEVE MCCURRY (Born 1950) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FARMER IN JALALABAD, 1992

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KABUL CEMETERY, 1992 by STEVE MCCURRY (Born 1950) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

KABUL CEMETERY, 1992

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MEN SHOVEL DEBRIS IN KABUL, 1993 by STEVE MCCURRY (Born 1950) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MEN SHOVEL DEBRIS IN KABUL, 1993

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HORSE AND TWO TOWERS AT BAND-E-AMIR, 2002 by STEVE MCCURRY (Born 1950) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

HORSE AND TWO TOWERS AT BAND-E-AMIR, 2002

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SHIITE MUSLIMS DURING ASHURA, 2002 by STEVE MCCURRY (Born 1950) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SHIITE MUSLIMS DURING ASHURA, 2002

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WOMAN IN CANARY BURQA, 2002 by STEVE MCCURRY (Born 1950) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

WOMAN IN CANARY BURQA, 2002

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BRICKMAKER PRAYS IN BAMIYAN, 2006 by STEVE MCCURRY (Born 1950) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

BRICKMAKER PRAYS IN BAMIYAN, 2006

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GIRL BETWEEN TWO WOMEN IN BAZAAR, 2002 by STEVE MCCURRY (Born 1950) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

GIRL BETWEEN TWO WOMEN IN BAZAAR, 2002

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FARMER WALKS THROUGH FIELDS, AFGHANISTAN, 2006 by STEVE MCCURRY (Born 1950) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FARMER WALKS THROUGH FIELDS, AFGHANISTAN, 2006

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