His boots and cameras have traversed nearly all of the globe, but hold a very special place for one of his favourite places on the earth — India. Steve McCurry, whose camera captured the haunting and iconic “Afghan Girl” for an National Geographic magazine cover, said “secularism and inclusiveness are one of the greatest things about India” although there could be contradictions about the country.
McCurry, one of the most renowned photojournalists in the world, was speaking from New York, before the launch of his book ‘Steve McCurry: India’ (Phaidon), which presents a vibrant India with “contradictions and excitements”, as he terms them. “The greatest thing about India is it is inclusive and secular. It is a home to people of many religions, castes, and communities. India has always been a place of extreme drama — things constantly fascinating yet equally disturbing. It’s a place of extremes,” McCurry said in a telephonic interview.