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Unguarded moment
Biography
The exhibition Unguarded moment represents the work of one of the most famous contemporary photographers, the American Steve McCurry. Around 160 photographs are on show featuring also one of the most recognizable photographs ever, the portrait of anonymous Afghan girl from 1984 as well as the film Search for the «Afghan girl» from 2002, which documents the finding of his famed model 18 years later.
Steve McCurry was born in Philadelphia in 1950, and graduated from the College of Arts and Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University. After working at a newspaper for two years, he left to freelance in India.His career was launched when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into rebel-controlled Afghanistan just before the Russian invasion. When he emerged, he had rolls of film sewn into his clothes and images that would be published around the world which were among the first to show the conflict there. His coverage won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad (1980), an award dedicated to photographers exhibiting exceptional courage and enterprise. Steve McCurry is member of Magnum Photos since 1986. He has covered many areas of international and civil conflict, including Burma, Sri Lanka, Beirut, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Gulf War, the former Yugoslavia, and continuing coverage of Afghanistan and Tibet.
McCurry’s work has been featured in every major magazine in the world and frequently appears in National Geographic magazine. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Magazine Photographer of the Year (1984), awarded by the National Press Photographers’ Association. This was the same year in which he won an unprecedented four first prizes in the World Press Photo Contest. He has won the Olivier Rebbot Memorial Award twice. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the globe in prestigious museums and galleries. He has published many books including The Imperial Way (1985), Monsoon (1988), South Southeast (2000), Sanctuary (2002), The Path to Buddha: A Tibetan Pilgrimage (2003), Looking East (2006), In the Shadow of Mountains (2007), The Unguarded Moment. (2009), and The Iconic Photographs (2011).

Museum of Modern Art
Držiceva poljana 1
Dubrovnik 20 000
Croatia

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