Kolkata by Steve McCurry

Let us set the scene: Almost four decades ago, a young reporter traveled to India for the very first time. Little did he know that this would be the beginning of an enduring love affair, which would result in over 30 visits. With each trip, the talented photographer would find a new face of this inimitable destination. 

In order to capture the true essence of Indian authenticity, it was to Kolkata that Silversea sent Steve McCurry in April 2018. Whether in Bhopal or Bangalore, Jaipur or Jodpur, the charisma of the Indian people fascinates the photographer and shines through his lens. In this urban jungle, millions of people live, work and breathe. Aspects of the city may be humble in nature, but Kolkata has a noble heart that beats with love. 

An orchestra of color and a tumultuous cacophony welcomed Steve as he stepped off the plane, as the city rose to greet him like a long lost friend. This is where Steve feels most at home. He headed straight for the banks of the River Hugli, talking, observing, at one point even shaving! The narrow alleys of the city’s shantytown held more surprises: From mud-wrestlers and strongmen to flower-sellers and artisans. Steve immersed himself into the environment, always respectful, always discreet.

“I like Kolkata a lot” he says, “there is a whole lot of culture, from art, photography, poetry, to the colonial architecture. The city has a lot of characters. It has a lot of activity on the streets. People live their lives in public.”

Kolkata, India, by Steve McCurry
Kolkata, India, by Steve McCurry
Kolkata, India, by Steve McCurry
Kolkata, India, by Steve McCurry
Kolkata, India, by Steve McCurry
Kolkata, India, by Steve McCurry
Kolkata, India, by Steve McCurry

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.

To learn more about the partnership between Steve McCurry and Silversea visit: www.steveandsilversea.com

Steve McCurry

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.