Editor’s Note: Steve McCurry is former ASMP Professional Member.
Renowned photographer Steve McCurry recently sat down with journalist Kate Snow for a drink and to chat about his life and career. This 15-minute segment by NBC Nightly News offers a peek into the mind of the celebrated (and recently controversial) photographer of Afghan Girl fame.
One of McCurry’s original motivations for becoming a photographer was a desire to travel the world. After not being able to get a job in filmmaking — his original path — McCurry got a job with his local newspaper as a photographer.
After getting bored with covering local news, McCurry bought a one-way ticket and headed to India. He would later go into Afghanistan, which became his big break in the photo industry after Russia invaded the country.