Spanning his entre career that has stretched over three decades, a major exhibition of world-renowned photographer Steve McCurry is on display at Helsinki’s Taidehalli from Saturday 1 June until Sunday 4 August.

One of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than 30 years, McCurry’s work has graced numerous magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and exhibitions around the world.

Having traversed the globe and investigated the Earth’s deepest corners, McCurry continues to unveil a multitude of unknown and remote existences that reside there. Here some of his most iconic images are on display, with his works embracing a basic truth of the universal human experience, there is always a pervasive and unifying commonality between his subjects.

McCurry’s career was launched when he took off to freelance in India, embarking on his first of many visits to the subcontinent. His name truly shone in the international spotlight when he snuck across the border into rebel-controlled areas of Afghanistan immediately before the Soviet invasion in 1979. His subsequent photos were published around the world, and were among the first to detail the conflict. His efforts were recognised by being the recipient of the Robert Capa Gold Medal, an award dedicated to photographers exhibiting exceptional courage and enterprise.

Steve McCurry
1 June-4 August
Nervanderinkatu 3

Subsequent years have seen him covering many areas of international and civil conflict, including Beirut, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Gulf War, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Tibet.

“What is important to my work is the individual picture,” he states on his website. “I photograph stories on assignment, and of course they have to be put together coherently. But what matters most is that each picture stands on its own, with its own place and feeling.”

For those who seek a closer look at the man and his work, he will be appearing at Taidehalli on Friday 31 May at 14:00 to give a lecture about his work and career. Bookings for this excellent opportunity must be made in advance.

James O’Sullivan