Steve McCurry Retrospective not to be missed

By on 29/06/2010 in Blog, Culture

afghan girlBirmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture Cllr Martin Mullaney takes a look at a not-to-be-missed photography exhibition.

As chairman of the Birmingham Cultural Partnership you'd expect me to enthuse about events and exhibitions at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. That's never any real hardship as I think BMAG consistently delivers for the people of this city and the wider region.

There's so much on offer that it can be hard to single out exhibitions but I really must make an exception for the Steve McCurry Retrospective on display in the Waterhall until October.

This stunning exhibition is a feast for the eyes and offers the only UK opportunity to see work from critically acclaimed American photojournalist Steve McCurry.

The images - there are over 80 on display featuring ordinary people in countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Tibet - are impressive enough at face value but McCurry's photographs deserve real scrutiny.

McCurry is responsible for some of the world's most famous photographs, including the world renowned 'Afghan Girl' - an image that came to represent the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and highlighted the refugee situation worldwide.
This collection spans a 20-year career and while 'Afghan Girl' will understandably be singled out, that does a disservice to the rest of the collection. My personal favourite changed at least a dozen times as I walked through the Waterhall. Like other visitors to the exhibition I was spellbound by the compelling photographs.

You shouldn't miss this wonderful exhibition which runs until October 17. Admission is free so there really is no excuse.

I'll definitely be back.

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