Steve McCurry is one of the most iconic portrait photographers of our time. His photo of the Afghan Girl one of the most recognized images in history. Now in Italy there is an exhibition of McCurry's work from over the last 40 years being featured at the Villa Reale di Monza. In this short 5-minute video not only do we get to see how the art installation came together while preserving the history of the Villa but we also learn some incredible advice from McCurry himself on being a successful photographer.
Not wanting to disturb the history and walls of the Villa, the curators of the collection decided that rather than feature McCurry's images on the walls hung up they would design features that would display the work in windows, hallways and carefully arranged in door frames. This would allow the work to be featured while complimenting the monumental archictecture of the Villa. Over 150 images are on display there now through April 6, 2015.
Check out the video above to see a glimpse into how this beautiful gallery installation came together and the images that will surely inspire you there. In addition, I found that while watching the video I picked up some fantastic advice from McCurry about what it takes to be a successful photographer. His advice for having a rewarding career is focused around being passionate and really committing yourself to the work. These characteristics are very evident in the connection that McCurry is able to form with the subjects he photographs. His images are not just documenting what he sees but rather the connection he has with those he is photographing.
"I would hope that my work in a way shows the shared humanity that we have. I have been photographing people all over the world and I think what I have always tried to do is show what we have in common." - Steve McCurry
Are you as focused and determined to succeed as McCurry? If you need a little motivational 'pick-me-up' be sure to watch the beautifully done video and listen to the words of McCurry as he talks about what it took to find success over the last 40 years. Lastly, if you have a chance to experience the gallery in person I imagine it would be an experience you wouldn't soon forget.