Sicily by Steve McCurry
Quintessentially Italian, Sicily is a romantic’s paradise: winding passageways connect quaint piazzas, bright Mediterranean flora overspills iron balustrades and medleys of pastel-hued buildings merge to form picturesque communes. From the island’s coast to the cobbled streets of mountaintop towns, each face of Sicily speaks of history, culture and character. It was here that Steve McCurry developed a love for rustic Italy when he visited a number of the island’s most alluring spots with Silversea.
The scenic town of Ragusa, which brims with cultural heritage and enjoys a defined sense of tradition, retains a relaxed pace of life that has characterized the settlement for decades. McCurry made it his subject, as he delved into the depths of Sicily’s charm. The legendary photographer climbed Ragusa’s worn stairways, shook hands with the locals and indulged his fondness for Italian cuisine. He was welcomed so invitingly, in true Sicilian style, wherever he went; hospitality on the island is second to none. Restaurateurs welcome guests as if friends reuniting.
One sun-drenched afternoon, beneath a canopy of terracotta roofs, McCurry was introduced to a local artist who specialized in the age-old custom of Sicilian cart painting. The photographer gained privileged access to the painter’s studio, which resembled a movie set thanks to its typical Italian decor. Much like the young man’s painted antiques, McCurry’s photographs tell the beautiful story of a refined culture and go some way in capturing the essence of the Mediterranean. That which escapes his frame must be experienced first-hand!
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.