The exhibition

Nuristan, Afghanistan, 1979

Kesennuma, Giappone, 2011

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 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.


Photo by Alberto Ruggiero

Photo by Alberto Ruggiero

The PAN, Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, has been headquartered in the 17th century Palazzo Roccella in via dei Mille No. 60 since March 2005.

It offers an area of more than 6000 m2 for exhibitions or consultation services equipped with the necessary instruments to carry out meetings and study the work of the leading figures who are producing the new languages and forms of expressions in contemporary art.

It is a dynamic Cultural Centre where crucial events for the development of a community and its institutions are organised, bringing life to this prestigious venue. The most topical themes are always under scrutiny through exhibitions, conferences, seminars, meetings, book presentations, film screenings, and other events. The PAN’s objective is to differentiate and multiply cultural inputs to be made available for citizens and tourists, and its precise aim is to become more and more of an artistic/cultural hub with a focus on multifaceted and Europe-oriented themes.

The projects and numerous activities, which are organised here and also receive the support of the local councillor for cultural activities, encourage the participation of many associations and artists. Everyone can express their talent in all the different forms of intellectual and artistic creativity with a subsequent positive influence on cultural and social promotion in our city.



Kabul, Afghanistan, 1993


PAN Palazzo delle Arti
Palazzo Roccella – Via dei Mille, 60 Napoli

October 28th 2016 to February 12th, 2017

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Phone 199151121; +39 0289096942 from abroad
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Monday to Saturday 9.30 am to 7.30 pm
Sunday 9.30 am to 2.30 pm
Sunday 20th and 27th November, 4th-11th-18th December; 8th and 26th December 2016; 6th and 8th January 2017: 9.30 am to 7.30 pm
24th and 31st December: 9.30 am to 3.30 pm
25th December: 9.30 am to 2.30 pm
1st January 2017: 3 pm to 7.30 pm
Ticket office closes one hour earlier
Closed on Tuesday



Full € 11.00 – Audioguide included
Reduced € 10.00, groups of at least 12 visitors, or visitors with special agreements
Special reduced price € 5.00 for school groups and visitors under 26
Free children under 6, two teachers per school group, disabled visitors' careers

For information on Steve McCurry activities, please write to

Press release

Herat, Afghanistan, 1992

Daniela Leone
Tel. 3479430130

Barbara Izzo - Arianna Diana
Tel. 06 692050220-258
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