Greece by Steve McCurry
Steve McCurry has a talent for capturing the most quintessential characteristics of a destination, packaging them beautifully and with emotion, and delivering them to the viewer with unique artistry. When the iconic photographer journeyed to Greece with Silversea Cruises in June 2018, the stage was set for an authentic portrayal of one of Europe’s most romantic destinations.
With just one week to craft his art, Steve McCurry set his lens upon Athens and Santorini – perhaps two of Greece’s most photographed destinations. Many of the country’s staple sights feature in his work – the blue-domed, whitewashed houses of Santorini; hints of the close-knit community culture that pervades life here; and the breathtaking coastal landscapes experienced by travelers on cruises to Greece – yet, in his usual fashion, the legendary photographer manages to transport us deep into the destination in a manner that is altogether unique. With each image, we can practically hear the rhythmic beat of dimotiki music, feel the warm afternoon breeze on our skin, and exchange friendly pleasantries with locals.
“Whether you crave sun-soaked beaches, exploring ancient ruins, or discovering modern art and music all while enjoying unparalleled cuisine, Greece does not disappoint. The memories of my trip to Greece with Silversea are unforgettable, and I look forward to my next adventure,” says McCurry.
Following the announcement of Silversea’s healthy return to service in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean from June 2021, there is no better time to revisit McCurry’s most captivating shots from his discovery of this enchanting nation.
Capturing the Authentic Beauty of the World
Steve McCurry needs no introduction. He is considered by many to be the greatest living photographer today. His iconic “Afghan Girl” image has captured the hearts and minds of thousands – the eloquence of her haunted expression, telling the world of her fate through her vivid green eyes – is simply stupendous.
So, when considering our new direction, Steve was a natural choice for us. He is a born storyteller with the soul of an explorer. His unique ability to capture what is left of the authentic beauty and truth in the world and express it with clarity and emotion is just brilliant. A McCurry image not only takes you on a journey, it inspires you to travel the world.
To learn more about the partnership between Steve McCurry and Silversea visit: www.steveandsilversea.com
Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than 30 years. His work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike – yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of the Afghan Girl such a powerful image.
McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, the National Press Photographers Award, and four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest.