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If you visit Florida during next couple of months, be sure to visit the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach (see http://www.smponline.org/ ). McCurry's "The Path to Buddha - Tibetan Pilgrimage" exhibit is on display thru Feb 15th. The dye coupler prints are large & stunning.

His normal method of working is to scout a location, meet people and return another day to take their photo. He uses flash very occasionally and a tripod a lot. These are my recollections of an interview he gave.

It struck me that his photos were slightly less genuine because of this but produced with the skill of a master craftsman.

The photos are engaging, colourful and exotic to us westerners for whom black is THE colour ;-)

Wonderful music. Striking pictures. But what do they have to do with each other?

Couldn't work it out when I saw one of the CDs in the shop the other day and it seemed so unnatural that I didn't buy the CD.

Then again if they were to republish the pictures in a book about the size of a CD I might buy them. Well, OK, a bit larger than that but smaller than Looking East which is just too big. I'm still not sure about these pictures en masse but I am sure that they are intimate works that I feel would be better served by a more restrained presentation.

Hywel

Hywel,
It does seem a stretch, relevance-wise. However, they do serve to differentiate the CDs from each other (more so than the cantatas themselves, which I admit tend to run together in my mind, possibly because I don't understand German), and any time a classical music company wants to patronize a living, breathing photographer or artist for their cover art, I can get behind that. So many of them use what amounts to museum clip-art.

Mike J.

Far point Mike and it would be lovely if the trend continued and one could get a photography fix wandering around the classical music department.

Hywel

Er ... what is with this repetition of "southeast Asia" when referring to the Indian sub-continent? Southeast Asia, in the geographical sense, stretches roughly from Myanmar (Burma) to Philippines. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has as members, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

The Indian sub-continent is geographically termed "South Asia". So, countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are in "South Asia" and certainly not in "South-East Asia".

I am a native of South Asia (India), now living and working in Southeast Asia (Singapore).

These images give me goosebumps.

I'm so often a chicken when it comes to shooting Portraits and afterwards I bite my butt for not having done it.
(Not that mine would ever make it into a book, but hey, I'm sure those guys started small too ;) )

Thanks for pointing the two books out!

Im interested in the favorite lens Mr. McCurry reaches for most of his wonderful portraits. I wish as a photographer they could share some of this information. Any information is always helpful.

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