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The Unguarded Moment: Photography by Steve McCurry


Steve McCury at the Center Art Gallery

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.


Reception and Book Signing with Steve McCurry

Friday, April 16 from 6:30-8pm 
Center Art Gallery
-books available for purchase and refreshments in the Lower Gezon Lobby

Festival of Faith and Writing

Thursday, April 15 - Saturday, April 17
Festival Registration & Steve McCurry speaker information page.