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Steve McCurry
Karen Emmons

Steve McCurry is an internationally known documentary photographer from the United States who specializes in India and South-East Asia. Best known for his work in war-torn countries like Afghanistan, he has covered many theatres of international and civil conflict, including Beirut, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Gulf War, the former Yugoslavia and Tibet. He focuses on the human consequences of war by looking at how it impresses on the human face. His image of a young refugee known as the “Afghan Girl” is considered “the most recognized photograph” in the history of National Geographic magazine. His work has won the Robert Capa Gold Medal, the National Press Photographers Award (given by World Press Photo) four times, the Magazine Photographer of the Year (given by the National Press Photographers Association) and the Olivier Rebbot Award twice. He received the Centenary Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the 2014 Royal Photographic Society Awards. His work has been featured in major magazines and frequently appears in National Geographic. His books include The Imperial Way (1985), Monsoon (1988), Portraits (1999), South Southeast (2000), Sanctuary (2002), The Path to Buddha: A Tibetan Pilgrimage (2003), Steve McCurry (2005), Looking East (2006), Steve McCurry: The Iconic Photographs (2012) and Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs (2013).

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Karen Emmons is an American journalist who has lived and worked in Asia for the past 26 years, after working as a staff reporter with LIFE magazine in New York City. Her reporting and editing work for newspapers, magazines and United Nations agencies have covered child labour, forced labour, human trafficking, migrant abuse as well as domestic worker abuse, among many other issues. Her work has appeared in the Far Eastern Economic Review, Time, People, Who, Reader’s Digest, Development Asia, The South China Morning Post, San Francisco Examiner, International Herald Tribune and London Sunday Times. She contributed to The Meaning of Life, books produced by the editors of LIFE magazine. She and Steve McCurry previously collaborated in Vietnam on a documentary project for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, called Access to Life, on the difference that access to antiretroviral drugs makes in the lives of people living with HIV.

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