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Steve McCurry  Steve's body of work spans conflicts, ancient traditions, and culture, yet always retains the human element.

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A mother and daughter outside their home, Alto Churumazú, Peru, 2004.

Coffee Farmer. Amaro region, Ethiopia, 2014.

A shepherd boy with his sheep next to a field of poppies. Near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, 1992. This portrait is included in my new book, Afghanistan, published this month by Taschen. Link is in bio.

I photographed this young coal miner Pol-e-Khomri, Baghlan Province, in the north of the country. Coal has been mined since just after World War I, but because most of it has been inaccessible because of a lack of modern technology, the production has been limited and used mainly for small industry. This portrait is included in my new book, Afghanistan, published this month by Taschen.

Artist sleeping in his studio, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1992.

Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque, Mexico.

I photographed this man and his family on Dal Lake in Kashmir.

Bihari roadworkers near Leh, Ladakh, Kashmir, 1998.

A child plays next to a crocodile sculpture at the National Showcaves center in Wales, 2005.

Novice monks play at the Sera Monastery in Bylakuppe, India, 2001. There are approximately 70,000 Tibetans living in South India.

Nancy Dupree's first book was about Bamiyan, which is in the Central Highlands region of Afghanistan, and where the magnificent Bamiyan Buddhas stood for more than 1500 years until they were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. I made this picture of a carpenter's workshop in 1992.

It was a privilege to visit with Nancy Dupree last year in Kabul. I am always inspired by this indomitable woman, who has never stopped working to preserve the history of her beloved Afghanistan. Arriving in the country in the early 1960's she worked tirelessly to document the history and cultural heritage of the country, first with her husband, Louis Dupree, and then after his death until a few days ago.
Known as the Grandmother of Afghanistan, she established ACKU, Afghanistan Center at Kabul University, which houses tens of thousands of documents, pictures, and recordings which do not exist anywhere else.

I met Nancy and Louis in the early 1980's, and they were gracious hosts to me - a relatively unknown photographer. Her contribution to Afghanistan cannot be overstated. She was an icon, and will always be remembered by all of us who know her.

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