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 Steve McCurry was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 23, 1950 and is still alive at age 67. McCurry went to Penn State University and actually was planning to study cinematography and filmmaking, however got a degree in theater arts. He graduated from Penn State in 1974. McCurry became first interested in photography when he began taking photos for the The Daily Collegian (the Penn State paper). McCurry worked at Today’s post in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania for two years, and then after that he went to India for freelance photography. McCurry made a very brave move to spark his successful career in photography when he crossed the Pakistan border into rebel controlled areas of Afghanistan right before the Soviet invasion. His disguise was Afghani garb. The photos he captured were published in very popular magazines and newspapers like the New York Times, TIME, and Paris Match. After his first momentous decision to photograph the Soviet invasion, he continued to photograph battle conflicts such as the Lebanon Civil War, Islamic insurgency in the Philippines, and the Iran-Iraq War. The main purpose was to show the wars negative effects on humans and the landscape in countries. He wanted to show the expressions and physical wear and tear on people’s from the horrors of war. McCurry decided to switch from shooting color slide film to digital capture in 2005. McMurry has received many awards for his photos such as Magazine Photographer of the Year, (this award is given by the National Press Photographers Association). The same year he won this very prestigious award he received first four prizes in the World Press Photo contest. He has also won the Olivier Rebbot Award twice. He most famous photo is probably the photo known as “Afghan Girl”. He took this photo in December 1984 of a girl who was about 12 years old. She was a Pashtun orphan in the Nasir Bagh refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan. This photo was the cover of the 1985 issue of National Geographic and became extremely famous. In National Geographic it was named as the “most recognized photograph” ever in National Geographic magazine. The identity of the woman remained unknown until McCurry and a National Geographic team located her and figured out her name was Sharbat Gula. 

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