From March 29 to April 24, the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College presents an exhibition by photographer Steve McCurry entitled, The Unguarded Moment. The exhibition will be held in conjunction with the Festival of Faith and Writing and features 30 images that span more than 25 years of McCurry's work from countries such as Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Pakistan, and Tibet to name a few. A world renowned photographer, McCurry's work has touched many people, particularly through his exposure in National Geographic. In fact, the photograph "Afghan Girl near Peshawar, Pakistan" was named the most recognized photograph in the history of National Geographic.
The title for this exhibition is drawn from a quote in his book Portraits that reads, "I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person's face... When I find the right person or subject, I may come back once or twice, or half a dozen times, always waiting for that right moment. Unlike the writer, once I pack my bags, there is no chance for another draft- either I have the shot or I don't. This is what drives and haunts the professional photographer, the gnawing sense that 'this is it'." McCurry is scheduled to be a speaker at the 2010 Festival of Faith and Writing and will be available for a book signing and reception at the gallery.