Steve McCurry. National Geographic. This is pretty much all that is to say, everything else would be redundant.
Still… there is this amazing photo exhibition showing at Venaria Reale these days, and it is a MUST. MUST GO. MUST SEE. MUST THINK ABOUT IT. MUST SPREAD THE WORD.
I know, I know, these past months there has been a heated debate surrounding Mr. McCurry’s name and his declared abhorrence of photo manipulation & enhancement, either in the lab or using Photoshop. I remember him saying, back in 2015, that his art’s aim is to ‘to capture life as it is, without any interfering’. Well…
To the Italian public and the world at large, he seems like a fraud today, but I won’t get into that discussion right here and now. For me, his vision of Italy remains superb and true to the spirit of this country.
As for his activity and art inspired by him travelling to Asia, I should let a picture do the talking and say the story (as it should be).
Kind of feel like him when capturing this moment, this woman, this state of things, staying in the coziness of my sunny soggiorno, looking at a bleaker world that it is not mine, but is still out there, despite my ignorance of it, my obtuseness.
Therefore, give the exhibition a try and let yourself dive into the otherness, at least from the safety of the Venaria Reale halls.
WHERE: Citroniera of the Juvarra Stables, Piazza della Repubblica 4, Venaria Reale
WHEN: from April 1st to October 16th, 2016
HOW MUCH: full €12, reduced €10 for over 65 and groups of at least 12 people, €6 for 6 to 21 years of age, free admission for children under the age of 6 and other categories
More information on the event at Steve McCurry Exhibition Turin 2016
P.S.: During his TED interview, Steve mentions an intriguing concept: ‘the serendipitous moment’/’the chance encounter’, praising it as the worthiest part of his life (and/or photography – aren’t they the same?). I believe it could define each and every one of us, and makes me grateful for those moments & persons I didn’t allow to pass me by.