Mongolia by Steve McCurry
The chance of gaining deeper insight into some of the few remaining tribes of Mongolia was too good for iconic photographer Steve McCurry to pass up. So in May 2018, Silversea flew him to the rugged steppes of this untouched travel destination.
His journey started by flying 2 ½ hours north of Ulaanbaatar in order to locate the reindeer herders of the northern plains of Tsaatan. With just 44 nomadic tribes left in Mongolia, the Tsaatan (Mongolian for “those who have reindeer”) move as many as ten times per year, which makes them notoriously difficult to find. Their lifestyle has remained unchanged for centuries and the connection between reindeer, herder
McCurry’s trip then took him west towards Sagsai in search of the Kazakh people of the Altai Mountains. This was cultural immersion on a level second to none; Steve was welcomed into the 6,000-
The raw authenticity of the experience was quite singular and the thrilling power of the un-rehearsed and un-choreographed images speak volumes. As ever with a McCurry shooting, sincerity, respect
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 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.