American photographer Steve McCurry, most known for his 1984 portrait entitled ‘Afghan Girl’ has captured some of the most iconic images of the 20th and 21st century. A longtime photographer for National Geographic, Magnum Photos and many others, his career spans the globe and his legacy has only just begun.
It’s not often we get to look into the mind of the man, but in a recent interview, Nikon Europe sat down with McCurry to pick his brain about his thought on gear, his work and what it takes to truly become a the photographer you want to be.
In the four minute video, McCurry shares that he prefers to only walk around with a pair of camera bodies alongside a trio of lenses, the second body being used only if the first is to ever fail. For a man who can quite literally shoot any camera he wants, it’s interesting to hear about his minimal approach and even furthermore the fact that he doesn’t care whether hist lens kit consists of primes, zooms or anything in between–so long as it can capture the shot he’s looking for.
In addition to giving Nikon an obvious shoutout, McCurry talks about the places he’s yet to go that he would some day hope to travel to: Iran and Madagascar, as well as Greenland and Iceland. Besides that, he’s fairly content, considering he’s stamped his passport more times than most people can dream of.
To top off the interview, McCurry shares some insight on the world of photography. Most notably, what it takes to become better and continually improve oneself as time goes on.
It’s a short and sweet interview well worth the couple of minutes it will take out of your day.