The exhibition

Afghanistan, 1980

Srinagar Kashmir, 1996

Steve McCurry is one of the greatest masters of contemporary photography and a reference for a vast audience. Young people, especially, find in his photos a way of looking at our time and, in a sense, "they recognise themselves." A complex universe of experiences and emotions is enclosed in all Steve McCurry’s photos and many of its images, starting from the portrait of Sharbat Gula, have become true icons, well known everywhere in the world.

The exhibition offers the most famous photos taken during McCurry's long career spanning over thirty years, but also some of his most recent works and other pictures not yet published in his many books. The tour opens with a brand new section of black and white photos taken by Steve McCurry between 1979 and 1980 during his first reportage in Afghanistan, where he entered together with the mujahideen fighting against the Soviet invasion. At the end of the tour are some very recent photos, of course in colour, taken in Afghanistan too, thus framing the story of a long adventure dedicated to photography.

Besides presenting a wide and updated selection of Steve McCurry’s photos, the Venaria Reale exhibition aims to depict the adventure that is his life and his job. To follow the thread of his passions, to know his technique but also his desire to share his proximity to suffering and sometimes war, but also with joy and surprise. In his own voice, we can understand McCurry's way of winning the trust of the people photographed: "I learned to be patient. If you wait long enough, people forget the camera and their soul begins to soar towards you."


Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic figures in contemporary photography for more than thirty years. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, McCurry studied cinematography at Pennsylvania State University, before going on to work for a newspaper. After two years, McCurry made his first of what would become many trips to India. Traveling with little more than a bag of clothes and film, he made his way across the subcontinent, exploring the country with his camera.

It was after several months of travel that he crossed the border into Pakistan. In a small village he met a group of refugees from Afghanistan, who smuggled him across the border into their country, just as the Russian invasion was closing the country to Western journalists. Emerging in traditional dress, with full beard and weather-worn features after months embedded with the Mujahideen, McCurry made his way over the Pakistan border with his film sewn into his clothes. McCurry's images were among the first to show the world the brutality of the Russian invasion.

Since then, McCurry has gone on to create unforgettable images over six continents and numerous countries. His body of work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike - yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of the Afghan Girl such a powerful image.

McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, National Press Photographers Award, and an unprecedented four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest amongst dozens of others.


Venaria Reale palace is one of the Savoy Residences inscribed in the UNESCO Heritage List since 1997. It was designed by the architect Amedeo di Castellamonte in the mid-17th century with commission of Duke Carlo Emanuele II, who wanted the palace to become the basis for the hunt in the hilly Turin moor.

The project started in 1658 and was entrusted to the architects Amedeo di Castellamonte and Michelangelo Garove. Works lasted until 1675, when the village of Venaria and the Palace were largely completed. In particular, Diana palace, the heart of the structure, was already completed. In any case, works did not stop and kept on over time: after the destruction of some buildings by the French soldiers, on October 1st 1693, Vittorio Amedeo II commissioned further works and the palace was rebuilt according to French style.

Further damages occurred during the Siege of Turin in 1706, when the French, led by Louis d'Aubusson de la Feuillade, took up residence there. The soldiers damaged many structures. Vittorio Amedeo II, given the death of architect Garove, entrusted the project to Filippo Juvarra. The palace underwen transformations also during the Napoleonic domination, especially the gardens, that were destroyed to transforme them in a parade ground. The entire complex was turned into barracks and, in the Restoration time, this use was retained. From the end of the Napoleonic wars until 1978, the palace was used for military purposes, causing a progressive degradation.

In 1978 the palace was given to Turin Superintendence, in order to be restored. A vibrant and argued exhortation to begin the radical restore of the building without further delay was made by Federico Zeri in a TV show dedicated to Venaria. Zeri showed to the public the state of unbearable degradation of the site. In 1998, massive restoration works began, after the release of national and European funds. The opening of the complex took place on October 13th, 2007.



Afghanistan, 1979


Reggia di Venaria – Citroniera delle Scuderie Juvarriane
Piazza della Repubblica, 4 - Venaria Reale (TO)

April 1st to October 16th, 2016

Info and reservations

Tel. +39 011 4992333 - website:


Tuesday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday, Sunday and holidays 9 am to 7.00 pm
Closed on Monday
Ticket office closes one hour earlier
(Opening times are subject to change in summer)
We wish to inform the visitors that the exhibition will be closed the next 17th July due to a strike by workers.


Monday, April 25th - 9 am to 7.00 pm
Sunday, May 1st - 9 am to 7.00 pm
Thursday, June 2nd - 9 am to 7.00 pm
Monday, August 15th - 9 am to 7.00 pm


Audioguide included
Full € 12.00
Reduced € 10.00 (for visitors over 65, groups of at least 12 visitors, or visitors with special agreements)
Special reduced price € 6.00 (for visitors under 21 and students under 26)
School reductions € 3.00
All in a Palace € 25.00 (allows entry to the exhibition, the Royal Palace and Gardens)
Free (children under 6, two teachers per school group, disabled visitors' carers, Card holders of Piedmont Museums and Torino Card)

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Nuristan, Afghanistan, 1979


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