Steve McCurry at the Palmer Museum

June 17, 2009 at 2:55 pm 6 comments

In our May-June 2002 issue, McCurry talked about being reunited with his most famous subject.

In our May-June 2002 issue, McCurry talked about being reunited with his most famous subject.

Well, OK, Steve McCurry himself won’t be at the Palmer Museum of Art this summer. But a major exhibition of his photography, called Face of Asia, opens at the museum this coming Sunday, June 21, and continues through Aug. 16. It’s perfect for anyone who plans to be in State College for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts (scheduled for July 9-12).

McCurry ’74, who was named a Penn State Distinguished Alumnus a few years ago, is an internationally known photographer whose work has appeared in National Geographic and other publications. He’s best known for his haunting 1985 image of an Afghan girl (shown above in a 2002 spread from The Penn Stater).

I just learned from Dana Carlisle Kletchka, the Palmer Museum’s curator of education, that that famous photo has a name—”Haunted Eyes Tell of an Afghan Refugee’s Fears”—and that it will indeed be among the photos at the Palmer exhibition. Just seeing that photo blown up to 19″x31″ will be worth the trip up to the museum, as far as I’m concerned.

This 1995 image of fishermen along the Sri Lankan coast is also included in the exhibition at the Palmer. © Steve McCurry, courtesy George Eastman House

This 1995 image of fishermen along the Sri Lankan coast is also included in the exhibition at the Palmer. © Steve McCurry, courtesy George Eastman House

In conjunction with the McCurry exhibition, the Palmer Museum is also offering showings of a 2003 National Geographic documentary called The Search for the Afghan Girl, which chronicles the efforts to find the Afghan girl in that famous photo. It’s a 50-minute film and it can be seen at the Palmer any Sunday afternoon at 1:00, starting this Sunday and continuing through Aug. 16.

One more thing. I just discovered that Steve McCurry has an active blog. You can check it out here.

Tina Hay, editor

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  • 4. Joan bryan  |  August 9, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Please could you let me know if I can purchase a picture of the Afgan refugee by mr mccurry

    joan Bryan
    london

  • 5. Tina Hay  |  August 9, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Hi Joan — It looks like you can buy prints and posters directly from Steve McCurry. If you go to http://www.stevemccurry.com and click on either “fine art prints” or “posters,” the info is there. Hope this helps. –Tina Hay

  • 6. Anonymous  |  November 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    the photo of the beautiful afghan woman kicks ass. Those are the most astonishing eyes anyone will ever see…

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