BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport is opening an exhibit of photographs of India from one of the world's most decorated photographers.
The exhibition, Steve McCurry: India, features 44 photographs that capture the vibrant color and chaos, providing a stunning backdrop for the ordinary people who live and work in an extraordinary place. The exhibit begins Thursday, Jan. 12 and continues through Feb. 10 at the Museum, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport on the campus of Housatonic Valley Community College.
Best known for his iconic "Afghan Girl"’ image that graced the cover of National Geographic over 30 years ago, McCurry stands as one of the most important voices in contemporary photography. With scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world, McCurry recently turned to India for inspiration. “I was looking for street scenes, images that show the economy, recreation, and religion — pictures that address the key elements of a place and, at the same time, are interesting in their own right,'' McCurry said.
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is a study in contrasts: of luxury and of squalor, of millionaires and beggars, of deep spirituality and sophisticated commerce, combining the ancient and the contemporary. McCurry reveals India’s beauty and also remarks on its contradictions. He documents the people, spiritual life, historic sites, urban centers and the landscape creating aesthetically beautiful images that captivate the viewer.
McCurry has gone on to create stunning images over six continents. His work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture. He has won 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.
The Housatonic Museum of Art is home to one of the premier college art collections in the United States. Its collection offers students and the community the opportunity to view works that span the history of art from the ancient to the contemporary. Visit the museum website to learn more.