Istanbul by Steve McCurry
Istanbul is alive with a sense of adventure and utters stories of history, culture and charm. Steve McCurry is no stranger to the destination’s enchanting throng, having visited on many occasions in the past. The famed photographer recently traveled to Turkey’s cultural heartland with Silversea, to seek the essence of a truly captivating subject. Rekindling his passion for Istanbul, his senses were dazzled by the colorful vibrancy of this special place and his creativity stimulated.
A physical and spiritual nexus between East and West, Istanbul is quite unique in its character. McCurry found inspiration in the flurry of the Grand Bazaar, the majesty of the Blue Mosque and the warmth of the city’s people. He spent hours wandering the streets, photographing the destination’s quirks, getting lost, immersing himself in the endless flow of urban energy that pulses through the city. In the shadows of towering minarets and to the rhythmic chant of muezzin calls, McCurry explored Istanbul’s most iconic sights, as well as those less visited by the uninitiated.
Whether through its charismatic culture, its cosmopolitan atmosphere, or its rare sense of romance, the city seems to emit a gravitational force that attracts seasoned travelers like McCurry. Those who rise to Istanbul’s challenge and give in to the city’s buzz are rewarded with a series of inimitable moments and unforgettable sights. As French writer Alphonse de Lamartine said: ‘if one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.’ Through the lens of his camera, McCurry certainly discovered why this aged aphorism remains valid today.
Capturing the Authentic Beauty of the World
Steve McCurry needs no introduction. He is most probably 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.
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.