The Relationship Between
Animals And Humans
by Steve McCurry
From the moment humans first tamed animals about 10,000
years ago, animals have played a big role in people's lives. Even though at
first animals were used for meat, milk, and hides, as time passed, humans realized
that they are not just food but living and breathing creatures.
They began to
see them as their friends who would accompany them while hunting, traveling or
guarding their homes. However, there was always something special but complex
in the relationship between humans and animals and one photographer dedicated
his travels to show that.
Best known for his portrait of the "Afghan Girl"
with the piercing green eyes published in 1985, Steve McCurry has been one of
the biggest and most respected names in contemporary photography for more than
forty years. The American photographer has built his career around his daring
coverage of armed conflict, however, his other passion - animals - was less
known to the public. With that in mind, a new book simply called "Steve
McCurry. Animals" published by Taschen was born. The book skillfully
explores the complex relationship with humans and the environment and tells a
thousand stories from all over the world.
"The idea of photographing animals and people may have
been planted in my mind since I was first starting out as a young photographer.
My sister gave me my first photo book, Son of Bitch, a collection of pictures
of dogs and their humans by the great photographer and friend Elliott Erwitt.
It was the first time I saw a book on animals with humor, pathos, and wonderful
storytelling. Animals are one of my favorite subjects to shoot; they are
completely unpredictable. Animals have a mind of their
own and rarely pay any attention to directions from a photographer,"
Now, let’s see some of his fabulous work …
Clancy's comment: Stunning work, eh? Thank you, Steve.