15 Gorgeous Unseen Pictures From India By The Photojournalist Behind “Afghan Girl”

The man behind the famous “Afghan Girl” photo has released a new set of pictures of life in India, spanning three decades.

Thirty-seven pictures by American photographer Steve McCurry of everyday life in India are to go on display at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York in November, including many that have never been seen by the public before.

1. Dust storm, Rajasthan

1. Dust storm, Rajasthan

© Steve McCurry

The exhibition, Steve McCurry: India, will showcase McCurry’s pictures from his travels in India since the 1970s. An accompanying book was published by Phaidon last month.

2. Women in stepwell, Rajasthan

2. Women in stepwell, Rajasthan

© Steve McCurry

“Steve McCurry’s first trip to India and neighboring countries in 1978 provided inspiration and subject matter that catapulted his career. This selection of photographs, spanning over three decades, is representative of McCurry’s insightful portrayal of everyday Indian life.” – Lia Zaaloff, co-curator at the Rubin Museum of Art

3. Woman and child on the Howrah Mail train en route to Kolkata, West Bengal

3. Woman and child on the Howrah Mail train en route to Kolkata, West Bengal

© Steve McCurry

McCurry is best known for his photo “Sharbat Gula” (1984), also referred to as “Afghan Girl”, which features the titular subject’s piercing green eyes.

5. Sikh devotee prays at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab

5. Sikh devotee prays at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab

© Steve McCurry

6. Young Rinpoche, Bylakuppe, Karnataka

6. Young Rinpoche, Bylakuppe, Karnataka

© Steve McCurry

7. Steam engine passes in front of the Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

7. Steam engine passes in front of the Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

© Steve McCurry

8. Mother and child at a car window, Mumbai, Maharashtra

8. Mother and child at a car window, Mumbai, Maharashtra

© Steve McCurry

9. Man practices acupressure while walking on gravel, Jaipur, Rajasthan

9. Man practices acupressure while walking on gravel, Jaipur, Rajasthan

© Steve McCurry

10. Young girl runs past movie poster, Mumbai, Maharashtra

10. Young girl runs past movie poster, Mumbai, Maharashtra

© Steve McCurry

11. Rabari tribal elder, Rajasthan

11. Rabari tribal elder, Rajasthan

© Steve McCurry

12. Hindu devotee carries statue of Lord Ganesh into the waters of the Arabian Sea during the immersion ritual off Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai, Maharashtra

12. Hindu devotee carries statue of Lord Ganesh into the waters of the Arabian Sea during the immersion ritual off Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai, Maharashtra

© Steve McCurry

13. Portrait of engineer Maqbool Andrabi, Srinagar, Kashmir

13. Portrait of engineer Maqbool Andrabi, Srinagar, Kashmir

© Steve McCurry

14. Father and daughter on Dal Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir

14. Father and daughter on Dal Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir

© Steve McCurry

15. Boy in mid-flight, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

15. Boy in mid-flight, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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