Steve McCurry, a professional photographer and author of several photography books, shares his reasons for why he blogs on WordPress.com. His iconic photo, Afghan Girl, graced the cover of National Geographic and was named one of the 100 Best Pictures of the magazine. McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, National Press Photographers Award, and an unprecedented four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest, to name a few.
You are a world-famous photographer. Why do you blog?
Steve: Who would even dream 20 years ago that we would even have the internet? Clearly the internet is changing the landscape of publishing, news, and entertainment. There are countless channels on television, infinite content on the internet, and stimuli literally everywhere we turn. . . . There is so much competition. My blog is just my way of introducing my work through this new media.
How has having a blog changed the way you interact with your audience?
Steve: Generally, I don’t see any difference between photographing now and 30 years ago! The only differences today are that people want you to send them a picture and that you are shooting with a digital camera. There will always be new people and situations. In so far as there are new songs to be written, new poems to be told, likewise there will always be a new photograph to be taken! One way in which things today are different is in the suddenly vital role that web presence plays in a photographer’s success today. Having a blog with WordPress allows me to put up some of my most current work or related photos together in an impactful way.
Why did you choose WordPress.com over the other options available to you?
Steve: It’s intuitive, flexible, and easy to use. Much more user-friendly.
Are there features of WordPress.com that have been particularly useful to you?
Steve: There are a lot of theme options and I use a free theme with Custom Design with custom CSS to give it a look and feel I like. Many of the WordPress.com features don’t require me to know coding and are free, and uploading pictures is fast and efficient.
How do you choose which photographs will make a good blog post?
Steve: What is important to my work is the individual picture. I photograph stories on assignment, and of course they have to be put together coherently. But what matters most is that each picture stands on its own with its own place and feeling. I think the definition of a great picture is one that stays with you, one you can’t forget.
Which of your posts has had the most impact on your readers, and why?
Steve: It was a privilege to go to the Omo Valley in Ethiopia with my friend, John Rowe, to photograph the work he is doing with Lale Labuko in their work to end the practice of mingi (abandonment of “impure” children) and to house and shelter the mingi children who have already been rescued.
What advice would you give budding photographers on building their web presence?
Steve: If you want to be a photographer, you have to photograph. If you look at the photographers whose work we admire, they’ve found a particular place or a subject, dug deep into it, and carved out something that’s become special. And that takes a lot of time and a lot of work — that’s not for everyone. Regardless of how successful you are, it’s important for you to spend your time photographing things that matter to you. You need to understand the things that have meaning to you, and not what others think is important for you. Having a blog is one of the easiest ways for your to get your work out to a wide audience.
Follow Steve McCurry’s WordPress.com blog! If you’re not sure where to start, consider these four posts first to sample the stunning work he produces:
All photos in this post are copyright Steve McCurry. Photograph of Steve by: Ahmet Sel.
Dec 5th at 9:00 pm
“It’s important for you to spend your time photographing things that matter to you. You need to understand the things that have meaning to you, and not what others think is important for you.” Inspiring words from an extraordinary photographer.
Dec 5th at 9:14 pm
All I can say can be described in one word: beautiful
Dec 5th at 9:15 pm
All I can say is,his work is impressive!
Dec 5th at 9:18 pm
very beautiful these pictures
Dec 5th at 10:14 pm
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Dec 5th at 11:08 pm
Thanks for introducing me to this incredibly great photographer. Following talented people like this on WordPress helps me learn in my initial steps into this craft.
Sara, can you put in a word for those of us experiencing problems in the last couple of days in uploading photos? That would be so much appreciated. Thank you.
Dec 5th at 11:09 pm
The images are so stunning I opted to see all photos before returning back to the words.
Dec 5th at 11:53 pm
Just wow!!!! Hope to be good the half of this talent one day!
Dec 6th at 12:09 am
Very good interview and motivation to photographers out there….
Dec 6th at 12:10 am
Dec 6th at 12:16 am
LOVE the Geisha coming up the stairs picture!
Dec 6th at 12:19 am
Amazing! Thanks for giving us the head’s up about Steve and his work. I will gladly follow him!
Dec 6th at 12:22 am
Steve McCurry’s compositions make him the Beethoven and Beatles of photography. I love the way he blends classic styles in new ways that delight the eye. As we get more of our information from visual sources than from written words, he owns the cutting edge where art meets technology.
Dec 6th at 1:12 am
wow! what a talent!
Dec 6th at 1:21 am
What a beautiful post! The pictures are breathtaking.
Dec 6th at 1:27 am
Truly awesome photos. The lighting is so dramatic. You capture the essence of the people/situation.
Dec 6th at 2:15 am
Looking at your pictures of individuals I feel like I connect with them – they touch me in a very special way – a wonderful experience
Dec 6th at 2:16 am
His work of art is so amazing! I wish I could capture what these individuas were thinking as he took their pictures. I love the way he allows us to see what he is trying to convey through these photographs.
Dec 6th at 2:33 am
One word Fantastic!
Dec 6th at 2:37 am
What a treat!
Dec 6th at 2:47 am
Great pictures each one tells a story.
Dec 6th at 3:00 am
Love the pictures . . .Did i say i Love the pictures? Fantastic pictures.
Dec 6th at 3:02 am
Reblogged this on Peter H. Slutsky.
Dec 6th at 3:14 am
Wonderful photographs, I just love the quotes below most of them. So inspiring.
Dec 6th at 3:56 am
I saw his photo exhibition in Dubrovnik, Croatia this May. It was absolutely stunning and definitely one of the highlights of my time in Croatia. I have requested his Iconic Photographs coffeetable book for Christmas, can’t wait!
Dec 6th at 5:21 am
Thank you so much for bringing this interview to us. I totally second Steve’s view that a great picture is one that stays with you – his Afghan girl is one that is etched in my memory. He is one inspiration to us aspiring bloggers and photographers. It means so much to hear from him!
Dec 6th at 5:49 am
Beautiful pics…You rock
Dec 6th at 6:07 am
It is a beautiful blog. You have done very well. Thank you Sara. Thank you Steve.
Dec 6th at 6:15 am
A real life inspirer has hit photo-blogging. Kudos!!
Dec 6th at 7:46 am
I have seen these photos before but now I know who it was… And the design of his new blog is awesome too…
Dec 6th at 7:47 am
Re. Steve’s first remark: blogging is a medium (singular). Blogs are media (plural).
Dec 6th at 8:08 am
It’s an amazing post with so much inspiration. Love the pictures!
thanks for sharing!
Dec 6th at 8:45 am
Dec 6th at 8:53 am
great pictures thanks for sending friendly greetings from Holland, Wim
Dec 6th at 9:29 am
Extremely nice photo blog.
Dec 6th at 10:19 am
I like those with kids one..adorable!
Dec 6th at 10:50 am
I love the pictures, this wonderful and expressive images.
Dec 6th at 11:38 am
Astonishingly beautiful photographs. Lovely. Oh, lovely blog post as well!
Dec 6th at 12:38 pm
Wonderful pictures with a little touch of poetry.
Dec 6th at 1:01 pm
Amazing story telling talent of Steve McCurry. He absoluetly knows what he is doing and he expresses what is around him so well
I must say from his perspective people look more dramatic than the actually life
Dec 6th at 1:19 pm
Thank You both, Sara and Steve. Very insightful…
Dec 6th at 1:54 pm
he is a genius!!!
Dec 6th at 2:29 pm
I am a photography lover, and for me it is a pleasure and honour to see your work!
Dec 6th at 2:34 pm
Dec 6th at 3:10 pm
I admire Steve’s understanding of the importance colour holds in photography, which is evident in much of his work. There is an artistic value in black and white, but, when using colour photography, the most stunning facet, in my estimation, is focused on complimentary hues.
Dec 6th at 3:14 pm
Simply beautiful.I would love to see more of your photographic work.Thanks.Ganesh.
Dec 6th at 3:41 pm
Impressive. I remember that Afghan Girl photo, very inspiring.
Dec 6th at 3:47 pm
Very outstanding and amazing pictures!
Dec 6th at 3:49 pm
WOW! what an awesome photographer!!!!
Dec 6th at 4:19 pm
Dec 6th at 6:23 pm
There are so many colours in his photographs… just love how he tries to capture all the worldly treasures in his pics.
Thanks for sharing
Dec 6th at 6:37 pm
Thank you for very a wonderful pictures.I love to read this magazine National Geography.
Dec 6th at 6:39 pm
We caught the exhibition in Rome earlier this year. Incredible.
Dec 6th at 8:00 pm
What a wonderful post and thank you for introducing me to the work of this fabulous photographer. I was, of course, familiar with his portrait of the Aghan girl but didn`t know his name. Wow!
Dec 6th at 10:12 pm
Beautiful Post – loving the photos – AMAZING!
Dec 6th at 10:49 pm
beautiful post, awesome photos! nice to read something about this great photographer!
Dec 6th at 10:59 pm
Very good interview. This really is helpful to me as an amateur photographer.
Thanks for sharing this great article.
Dec 7th at 12:30 am
These pictures are in creditable. I love how intense these photos are. They show a lot of detail but also leave a sense of mystery in them as well.
Dec 7th at 12:31 am
Dec 7th at 3:43 am
Steve McCurry’s blog is the reason I started my WordPress blog. He is an inspiration to me- I love the themes he creates and makes me strive to be a better photographer with each one I receive. WordPress has given me a way to connect with like-minded artists and share my vision. Thank you!
Dec 7th at 4:41 am
I was lucky enough to have had the chance to visit his exhibition last summer while on a holiday in Dubrovnik. Brilliant work!
Dec 7th at 9:08 am
People integrated into the environment. Perfect.
Dec 7th at 9:13 am
This is simply beautiful. I love the blend of graphical writing and beautiful images. I am so inspired this would change how I blog. Thanks for these masterpieces.
Dec 7th at 10:01 am
HI Sara, beautiful pics!! Thanks for sharing!!
Dec 7th at 11:37 am
Very nice works of art. It is always great to look at your photographs. Have a nice day
Dec 7th at 1:55 pm
Wow, great work, awesome photos
Dec 7th at 2:17 pm
I was thinking about his famous photo of the girl on my run the other morning. I have no idea what made me think of it at the time, but that is what is so amazing about art. It sticks with you.
Dec 7th at 4:35 pm
Hey Steve! Hey Sarah! Thank you both for sharing this wonderful, creative force of art and hope to join you both soon. With Love, Llarigsa.:)
Dec 7th at 7:39 pm
Reblogged this on Photojournalism.
Dec 7th at 7:41 pm
The best photographer ever.
Dec 7th at 9:35 pm
Really beautiful and exciting photos by a great artist!!
Dec 7th at 10:49 pm
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Dec 8th at 12:37 am
Amazing , awesome and thought provoking.
Dec 8th at 3:09 am
Wow. Stunning photographs.
Dec 8th at 7:01 am
Really enjoyed the combination of the photographic arrangement and the content. Very informative blog. Thank you for sharing :o) Now to check out the art :o)
Dec 8th at 2:17 pm
Love your pictures. The colors draw me in and make me smile while capturing the heart of your subjects. Include Pinterest in your sharing options so we can post them to our boards. Thanks!
Dec 8th at 8:16 pm
Dec 9th at 10:18 am
Beautiful and nice pictures, thanks!
Dec 9th at 5:08 pm
So inspiring and beautiful. Sara, thank you both for sharing.
Dec 10th at 9:09 am
Dec 10th at 2:25 pm
The pic of the woman in her flooded yard….. wonderful.
Dec 10th at 2:32 pm
Amazing post! It’s great to see one of the greatest is using the same platform to show his work, and the things Steve says about WP usefulness!
Dec 10th at 3:14 pm
Thanks Steve. We are glad you are here. Keep sharing!
Dec 10th at 9:07 pm
An Amazing body of work which I can only wish one day I could emulate one hundreth of … Great Post !
Dec 11th at 1:08 am
i simply love the pictures!
Dec 11th at 3:18 am
What an inspiration this is for amateurs like me…to keep pushing the envelope.
Dec 11th at 9:36 am
Beautiful post. Wonderful pictures!