Iconic Photographer Steve McCurry Talks Blogging and WordPress

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.

Thanks, Steve!

Follow Steve McCurry’s WordPress.com blogIf you’re not sure where to start, consider these four posts first to sample the stunning work he produces:

Discover other photography and recommended blogs on WordPress.com. 

All photos in this post are copyright Steve McCurry. Photograph of Steve by: Ahmet Sel.


Missing out on the latest WordPress.com developments? Enter your email below to receive future announcements direct to your inbox. An email confirmation will be sent before you will start receiving notifications - please check your spam folder if you don't receive this.

Join 17,892,932 other followers

Sara Rosso

115 Comments

Comments are closed.

  1. peerlesscynic

    Beautiful and insightful images, thanks.

    Like

  2. pwsatusf2012

    Hi Sara,
    I thoroughly enjoyed your blog post about Steve McCurry’s use of WordPress. I am new to WordPress and find it extremely user friendly as well! Your writing is very professional and the way you incorporated the interview with Steve McCurry and his photos into your post was very well done.
    Beth DeVoll

    Like

  3. jonwillcox

    I absolutely love Steve McCurry’s photography, so inspiring. When I visited his exhibition in Birmingham a few years ago I could have stayed there the whole day, breathtaking!

    Like

  4. loverofwords20

    I most definitely do not have the photography knack, but I so enjoy studying extremely well-done photographs – to actually see a story, disguised as a mere picture. Thank you! I look forward to seeing more pics of this caliber. :-)

    Like

  5. 54zach34

    Your pictures are excellent and they really capture the moment.

    Like

  6. Sara

    Awesome images. It’s not easy to make real subjects look so surreal. I’m not very familiar with Steve McCurry. I’m definitely going to look up more of his work.

    Like

  7. Butterfly Jewel

    Love this post! It’s definitely inspiring even if one is not a photographer. Whatever we do, whether it’s photography or something else, when it has meaning to us, we will be successful. Thanks :-)

    Like

  8. uphilldowndale

    What a joy to view. Thank you.

    Like

  9. pixelednina

    Do you know? I knew Steve through WordPress. I mean, I ever saw the Afghan Girl photo somewhere else, but I didn’t even know who the photographer was. Thanks WordPress I accidentally opened his blog during my blogwalking time and OMG, he’s a maestro.

    Like

  10. Pino Soprano

    - Stupende.

    Like

  11. Nina Shadi

    These images are soo amazing. Photography is one of my hobbies, but I’m no where near at this level…and most people are not: / Thanks for sharing!

    Like

  12. PiedType

    Wish the photos had been linked to background information. I’m dying to know what was going on in that photo with hundreds of people out on piers (?).

    Like

    • Sara Rosso

      @PiedType – We definitely couldn’t fit everything into the post! Steve has some incredible archives I’m sure you’ll enjoy exploring.

      Like

  13. Amal Osman

    “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.

    Like

  14. eslgirlvg

    All I can say can be described in one word: beautiful

    Like

  15. ancientfoods

    All I can say is,his work is impressive!

    Like

  16. Mircea Dobre

    very beautiful these pictures

    Like

  17. fransiweinstein

    Incredible work!

    Like

  18. ideeintavola

    Wonderful images!!

    Like

  19. Angeline M

    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.

    Like

  20. Miguel

    The images are so stunning I opted to see all photos before returning back to the words. :)

    Like

  21. elisabettabottiroli

    Just wow!!!! Hope to be good the half of this talent one day!

    Like

  22. Chorwin

    Very good interview and motivation to photographers out there….

    Like

  23. usmanhashmi

    Beautiful Images..

    Like

  24. The Clarences

    LOVE the Geisha coming up the stairs picture!

    Like

  25. susielindau

    Amazing! Thanks for giving us the head’s up about Steve and his work. I will gladly follow him!

    Like

  26. Larry Murray

    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.

    Like

  27. artblablablablog

    wow! what a talent!

    Like

  28. klovesmusic

    What a beautiful post! The pictures are breathtaking.

    Like

  29. woodscrone

    Truly awesome photos. The lighting is so dramatic. You capture the essence of the people/situation.

    Like

  30. Brigitte Nioche

    Looking at your pictures of individuals I feel like I connect with them – they touch me in a very special way – a wonderful experience
    Thank You

    Like

  31. parrillaturi

    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.

    Like

  32. Kojiki

    One word Fantastic!

    Like

  33. jiltaroo

    What a treat!

    Like

  34. accamv

    Great pictures each one tells a story.

    Like

  35. myritingboard

    Love the pictures . . .Did i say i Love the pictures? Fantastic pictures.

    Like

  36. Peter Slutsky

    Reblogged this on Peter H. Slutsky.

    Like

  37. praisehimalways

    Wonderful photographs, I just love the quotes below most of them. So inspiring.

    Like

  38. emilysjourneysabroad

    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!

    Like

  39. pixelvoyages

    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!

    Like

  40. spEakAhoy

    Beautiful pics…You rock :)

    Like

  41. EY

    It is a beautiful blog. You have done very well. Thank you Sara. Thank you Steve.

    Like

  42. Abhay Bhat

    A real life inspirer has hit photo-blogging. Kudos!!

    Like

  43. Madras Techs

    I have seen these photos before but now I know who it was… And the design of his new blog is awesome too…

    Like

  44. Bill

    Re. Steve’s first remark: blogging is a medium (singular). Blogs are media (plural).

    Like

  45. utomosetyo2008

    It’s an amazing post with so much inspiration. Love the pictures!
    thanks for sharing!

    Like

  46. Umoja

    Beautiful colours

    Like

  47. LotSpot

    great pictures thanks for sending friendly greetings from Holland, Wim

    Like

  48. bebusaim

    Extremely nice photo blog.

    Like

  49. huawei89

    I like those with kids one..adorable!

    Like

  50. fhars

    I love the pictures, this wonderful and expressive images.

    Like

  51. MikesFilmTalk

    Astonishingly beautiful photographs. Lovely. Oh, lovely blog post as well! :-D

    Like

  52. KatiaMattioli (@katia_mattioli)

    Wonderful pictures with a little touch of poetry.

    Like

  53. designmixer

    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

    Like

  54. blackbook44

    Thank You both, Sara and Steve. Very insightful…

    Like

  55. amuart

    he is a genius!!!

    Like

  56. Ignacio Nacho Zaballa

    I am a photography lover, and for me it is a pleasure and honour to see your work!

    Like

  57. thefolia

    Unforgettable.

    Like

  58. masqua

    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.

    Like

  59. doraiswamyganesh

    Simply beautiful.I would love to see more of your photographic work.Thanks.Ganesh.

    Like

  60. thelawguysa

    Impressive. I remember that Afghan Girl photo, very inspiring.

    Like

  61. Alfredo (@Alfredo0275)

    Very outstanding and amazing pictures!

    Like

  62. shabaletta2

    WOW! what an awesome photographer!!!!

    Like

  63. Not a secret

    Amazing work!

    Like

  64. shanky87

    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 :)

    Like

  65. rimassolosailingaroundtheworldm

    Thank you for very a wonderful pictures.I love to read this magazine National Geography.

    Like

  66. romessecretsupperclub

    We caught the exhibition in Rome earlier this year. Incredible.

    Like

  67. gooseyanne

    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!

    Like

  68. cravesadventure

    Beautiful Post – loving the photos – AMAZING!

    Like

  69. oscarcastedo

    beautiful post, awesome photos! nice to read something about this great photographer!

    Like

  70. Inge

    Very good interview. This really is helpful to me as an amateur photographer.
    Thanks for sharing this great article.

    Like

  71. aoifem1

    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.

    Like

  72. Donna

    Amazing photos!

    Like

  73. Jane Lurie

    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!

    Like

  74. Ree

    I was lucky enough to have had the chance to visit his exhibition last summer while on a holiday in Dubrovnik. Brilliant work!

    Like

  75. Funcionario Express

    People integrated into the environment. Perfect.

    Like

  76. itskandysugabeat

    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.

    Like

  77. AadiRohilla

    HI Sara, beautiful pics!! Thanks for sharing!!

    Like

  78. captpandit

    Mr Steve,
    Very nice works of art. It is always great to look at your photographs. Have a nice day

    Like

  79. muhd akbar

    Wow, great work, awesome photos

    Like

  80. This Crazy Mama

    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.

    Like

  81. llarigsabravo

    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.:)

    Like

  82. Ricardo Vilela

    Reblogged this on Photojournalism.

    Like

  83. Ricardo Vilela

    The best photographer ever.

    Like

  84. lpiersantelli

    Really beautiful and exciting photos by a great artist!!

    Like

  85. abdi32

    Reblogged this on abdi32 and commented:
    nice story.

    Like

  86. armsekram

    Amazing , awesome and thought provoking.

    Like

    • s.rajah iyer

      Simply stunning and to see the many colours of Creation…inspiring indeed.

      Like

  87. hashimeansbridge

    Wow. Stunning photographs.

    Like

  88. emmades

    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)

    Like

  89. Zakiya

    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!

    Like

  90. blogfatosemfotos

    Excellent.!!!!!

    Like

  91. nastarte

    Beautiful and nice pictures, thanks!

    Like

  92. Srdjana

    So inspiring and beautiful. Sara, thank you both for sharing.

    Like

  93. inquisitive shadow

    Beautifully captured.

    Like

  94. e

    The pic of the woman in her flooded yard….. wonderful.

    Like

  95. Eduardo Mendoza

    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!

    Like

  96. G

    Thanks Steve. We are glad you are here. Keep sharing!

    Like

  97. Shane McDonald (@shanesphoto)

    An Amazing body of work which I can only wish one day I could emulate one hundreth of … Great Post !

    Like

  98. ancajasjp

    i simply love the pictures!

    Like

  99. Joydeep Mitra

    What an inspiration this is for amateurs like me…to keep pushing the envelope.

    Like

  100. thesilverchicken

    Beautiful post. Wonderful pictures!

    Like

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 17,892,932 other followers

%d bloggers like this: