A true portrait should today and a hundred years from today,
be the testimony of how this person
looked and what kind of human being he or she was.
– Philippe Halsman, 1906 – 1979

Portraits reveal a desire for human connection;
a desire so strong that people who know they will never see me again
open themselves to the camera,  all in the hope that at the other end
someone will be watching,

someone who will laugh or suffer with them.

DSC_7400, Omo Valley, Ethiopia, 08/2013, ETHIOPIA-10319NF. Child with wreath of leaves around head. retouched_Kate Daigneault 08/20/2013

As human beings we are fascinated with each other and how we look.
Diane Arbus talked about the gap between intention and effect as revealed in portraiture.
People put on make-up and adorn themselves because they want to create an
effect and give a certain impression.

DSC_7133; Etnia; South Africa; 2013. A woman with blue sunglasses and black hat. retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova;
South Africa

Photography and the genre of portraiture have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship.
From the beginning of depiction, the portrait has invited its audience to recognize the
identity of the subject and then to remember.
– Anthony Bannon

_DSC9065, Cuba. 7/18/2015. Portrait of a young boy next to a scuplture. retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 08/02/2015

A good portrait is one that says something about the person.
We usually see parts of ourselves in others, so the good portrait
should also say something about the human condition.

01726_17, Balochistan, Pakistan, 05/1981, PAKISTAN-10059NF. A man in a turban forming his mustache. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 03/04/2015
Baluchistan, Pakistan

Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face,
the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited,
and the wealth and confusion man has created.
It is a major force in explaining man to man.
– Edward Steichen, 1879 – 1973

01270_12, Yemen, 03/1997, YEMEN-10201. A girl with a tall hat. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 10/3/2013

 What could be more simple and more complex,
more obvious and more profound than a portrait.
– Charles Baudelaire 

20120517-Pirelli-02807; Pirelli Calendar, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 08/2012, BRAZIL-10081. Hanaa Ben Abdesslem stands on the street in Rio. Retouched_Sonny Fabbri ASK BEFORE CHANGING METADATAHanaa Ben Abdesslem, Brazil

00061_12, Chaco, Paraguay, 1988, PARAGUAY-10003. A Gaucho stands with pride. Magnum Photos_NYC28309, MCS1985005K105 Portraits_book PORTRAITS_book Retouched_Sonny Fabbri 06/9/2013Paraguay

The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and
put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.
– Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1908-2004

00613_13, Monsoons, Indonesia, 02/1984, INDONESIA-10052. A woman covers herself from the rain. retouched Ekaterina Savtsova 08/13/2015

A good portrait ought to tell something of the subject’s past and
suggest something of his future.

– Bill Brandt, 1904 – 1983

01803_02, Aghanistan, 10/2002, AFGHN-13995. A girl holds a comic book. Retouched_Sonny Fabbri 06/02/2014

_2SM4238, Around the City; Mercato delle Gaite; Bevagna; Umbria; Italy, 2012; ITALY-10427NF2. A woman in costume for the Perugia Medieval Summer Festival. CHECK IMAGE USAGE. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 11/13/2013

DSC_8305, UNITED_KINGDOM-10053NF, South Bank Tower, London, United Kingdom, 04/2014. Portrait of a man. retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 04/19/2014
Lemn Sissay, MBE, London, United Kingdom

When I have had such men before my camera my
whole soul has endeavored to do its
duty towards them in recording faithfully the greatness of the
inner as well as the features of the outer man.
The photograph thus taken has been almost the embodiment of a prayer.
– Julia Margaret Cameron, 1815–1879

SAM_5899, Rajasthan, India, 2009, INDIA-11532. Man adjusting his mustache. MAX PRINT SIZE: 30X40 India_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 02/11/2015

00355_07. Yemen, 04/1997, YEMEN-10084. Portrait of a young girl in a straw hat. MAX PRINT SIZE 40x60 retouched_ Sonny Fabbri 3/4/2015 From These Hands. A Journey Along the Coffee Trail. Phaidon Press Limited.

01882_15, India 50 Years After, Rajasthan, India, 09/1996, INDIA-11409NF5. A man poses with his cow. India_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 01/29/2015

_DSC5744, Deep South, outside Palestine, Arkansas, USA, 04/2014, USA-10943. Delores Walker Robinson holds a goat on her cattle farm. CHECK IMAGE USAGE Final Deep South Selection_Smithsonian Online Publication Retouched_Sonny Fabbri 7/15/2015
United States

ETHIOPIA-10501 (1)

DSC_4040, Lavazza, Vietnam, 2013, VIETNAM-10087. A girl with a dog resting. MAX PRINT SIZE: 40x60 Coffee_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 10/15/2014 From These Hands. A Journey Along the Coffee Trail. Phaidon Press Limited.

Cinecitta Studios

Via Tuscolana, 1055
00173 Roma, Italy
April 18 September 20, 2015
Museum für Gestaltung
Ausstellungsstrasse 60
8005 Zürich
July 3 October 18, 2015
Old Town Hall, Prague
Staroměstské náměstí 1/3,
110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic
September 8 September 30, 2015
Pictura Gallery
122 W 6th St,
Bloomington, IN 47404
August 7 September 26, 2015
Flo Peters Gallery
Pumpen 8,
20095 Hamburg, Germany
September 4 October 3, 2015
Hickory Museum of Art
243 3rd Ave NE
Hickory, NC 28601
September 12 May 8, 2016
Altınsoy Cad. No:3, Altındağ
Merkez Ankara, Turkey

Lecture: September 15, 7:00 pm
September 16 December 13, 2015

ETHIOPIA-10328NF3 (2)Ethiopia

About the author

Steve McCurry has been a one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than 30 years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

Born in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; McCurry studied film at Pennsylvania State University, before going on to work for a local newspaper. After several years of freelance work, McCurry made his first of what would become many trips to India. Traveling with little more than a bag of clothes and another of film, he made his way across the subcontinent, exploring the country with his camera.

It was after several months of travel that he found himself crossing the border into Pakistan. There, he met a group of refugees from Afghanistan, who smuggled him across the border into their country, just as the Russian Invasion was closing the country to all western journalists. Emerging in traditional dress, with full beard and weather-worn features after weeks embedded with the Mujahideen, McCurry brought the world the first images of the conflict in Afghanistan, putting a human face to the issue on every masthead.

Since then, McCurry has gone on to create stunning images over six continents and countless countries. His work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike - yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of the Afghan Girl such a powerful image.

McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, National Press Photographers Award, and an unprecedented four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest, to name a few.