Steve McCurry’s photos that spotlight people during conflict return to Australia

The US photographer is renowned for works with real-life impact, including the 1984 'Afghan Girl' portrait. Now his exhibition is coming to Melbourne.
'ICONS' featuring major works by Steve McCurry. Photo: Supplied.

After making its Australian debut in Sydney last year, ICONS, featuring some of the recognisable works of Steve McCurry, will open at Melbourne’s Seaworks Maritime Precinct on 28 February.

ICONS is one of the most complete retrospectives of McCurry with more than 100 large-format photographs of his most iconic works. They include the 1984 portrait of the Afghan Girl, Sharbat Gula, which was featured on the cover of the National Geographic magazine the following year. Gula was an Afghan refugee in Pakistan during the Soviet-Afghan war and she was 12 at the time of the photograph. It wasn’t until 2022, however, that Gula (then aged 30) was identified as the subject of the photograph by the team at the National Geographic.

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