Phaidon publisher and editorial director, Amanda Renshaw has already introduced you to Steve McCurry Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs (if you missed it, read through our interview with Amanda below) so we thought you'd like to take a closer look at some of the incredible images which take an unprecedented look at the Magnum photographer's catalogue of work. Untold is the first book to fully explore how the world-renowned photographer finds, takes and develops his uniquely iconic photographs. Presenting a personal archive of material, Steve McCurry Untold features the very best of McCurry's most beautiful and powerful photo stories, taken from around the world over the last 30 years. Each story is illustrated with never-before-seen notes, images and ephemera – saved by McCurry from his travels – and over 100 lavish, full-colour photo plates of the photographer’s most significant work.
Amanda told us earlier this month how the book came about."Phaidon had organised for Steve to speak at the Royal Geographical Society in London. After the talk, he and I went upstairs and we found some vitrines of artifacts. In them were things like a sailor’s cap that had belonged to Livingstone and a pith helmet that had belonged to Stanley - things like that. Steve got excited and we started talking about explorers. I realised that Steve, and many photographers, are like today’s explorers, people who get to go to different parts of the world that we don’t normally go to and they investigate them for us. It suddenly dawned on me that every time he’d done a story it was an adventure, a moment of discovery or journey of discovery, and we should describe these journeys and ventures and explorations that he’d been on. So we decided to choose the 10 to 15 most important photo stories he’d taken and tell the backstories behind those adventures. How did you get there? Why did you go there in the first place? Who instigated the whole thing and what were the obstacles and administrative problems that you had to overcome on the way? What did you discover when you got there? It was the explorer in him that I wanted to explore." Click the image above to open our gallery from the book.