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Steve McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #3

Legendary photographer's advice for happy snappers and shutterbugs: #3: 'Be in the moment'

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Legendary photojournalist Steve McCurry has covered conflicts in Beirut, Cambodia, the Iran-Iraq war, the Philippines, the Gulf War, and Afghanistan. When shooting in these stressful environments a photographer has to be supremely tuned in to his surrroundings – not just in order to get the shot - but to stay alive. McCurry calls it being “in the moment”.

However, it wasn’t something he learned from the battlefield, but while travelling in India, very early on in his career. McCurry says it was during his journeys through that country that he learned to watch and wait. "If you wait, people will forget your camera and the soul will drift up into view," he says.

Steve McCurry, Procession of Nuns, Rangoon, Burma (1994) Steve McCurry, Procession of Nuns, Rangoon, Burma (1994)

It’s a technique that’s just as important and can be employed when shooting on the street, in a marketplace or even from the window of a bus in any town or city as he reveals in our third McCurry one-minute masterclass video above.

For a closer look behind the photographs follow the link to Revealed - the true story behind the Afghan 'Mona Lisa'

For more from Steve McCurry view his memories of 9/11 and follow the link to buy Steve McCurry’s Iconic Photographs

Watch the remainder of the series here:

McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #1
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #2
McCurry’s One-Minute Masterclass #4
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #5
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #6 
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #7
McCurry's One-Monute Masterclass #8
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #9
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #10

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