Archive for June 12, 2009

Off to Singapore and Malaysia

Posted in Uncategorized on June 12, 2009 by stevemccurry

I’m leaving tonight for a series of events including an international photography event called Month of Photography Asia.  I have an exhibition in the Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore which will feature a lot of my pictures that haven’t been seen before. The title of the exhibition is “The Unguarded Moment” which is also the title of my new book which just came out last week.  I will be visiting with university students, high school students, journalists, business leaders, and other groups. 

I will also be teaching a Master Class on June 21st.   It will be an  interactive session which will include an on-site photo shoot practice component. Your photos will then be printed on Epson’s latest photo printers and then we will discuss your work.

It will be great to be back in Southeast Asia.  For the last few years I have spent time during the holidays in Singapore, and always look forward to my time in that part of the world.  I look forward to seeing many friends during this trip, and hope to make new ones as well.

On color

Posted in Uncategorized on June 12, 2009 by stevemccurry

People often ask about why I shoot primarily in color.

Most of the time I’m not looking for color pictures. I am looking for something interesting, for a vignette that tells a story, something that reveals an element of humanity. Color is secondary.

Often you need just two or three colors. I think there’s a balance between having something completely monochromatic and having over-the-top color that is just too much or has too many different colors.

A red bucket in the background can spoil a color picture. A red bucket in a black and white photograph is a gray object. You have to edit yourself as you shoot. In some ways shooting black and white is easier because you don’t have that extra problem of color to solve.

There must be a flow and a balance not only of color but also of composition. Then there comes a point at which things make sense and come to rest.


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