...You've got to see this, a Vimeo slideshow retrospective posted by Leica Camera to commemorate Steve McCurry being awarded the 2011 Leica Hall of Fame Award*.
Possibly the best short presentation of McCurry's work ever? And a compelling argument for him as a great photographer. Not to be missed.
(Thanks to Vlatko)
*I thought Steve shot Nikon, but never mind that.
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Featured Comment by Richard: "I had the pleasure of seeing McCurry's 'Retrospective' exhibition in the flesh in Birmingham (England) last year. The reproductions were excellent (and huge), and the exhibition as a whole was jaw-droppingly good. McCurry's use of colour is always impressive, but when seen on 6-foot-high prints it's little short of astonishing."
Featured Comment by ault: "My six-year-old daughter on watching the slideshow: 'Why are most of his pictures so sad?'"
Mike replies: Probably because the music is telling her to feel sad. The great Ralph Steiner used to do a wonderful demonstration where he would show four short films—the subject was abstracted, romanticized spraying water, from industrial agricultural sprinklers—each set to a very different piece of music. At the end he would ask the audience to ignore the music and tell him which of the four clips worked the best visually—and, by the way, which one was longest? The people in the lecture hall would then engage in a spirited debate about the "different" films and whether the shortest or the longest one worked best...and all four clips turned out to be exactly identical, of course. The only difference was the music. The result was so unexpected that numerous people in every lecture would insist that he was wrong and that the four clips had to be different.
Ralph said this happened every time he did the demonstration.