Every traveller’s favourite photographer turns his masterful eye to the complex relationship between humans and animals.

Steve McCurry is best known for the striking photo he took of an Afghan girl that appeared on the cover of National Geographic back in 1985.

It is the most recognised photo National Geographic have ever published and it introduced the world to McCurry’s distinctive style.

His work is painterly and thought-provoking. No photographer captures the soul of a nation like he does.

McCurry has been shooting photos for over 40 years. He recently went through an archive of his images and noticed he had hundreds of photos of animals.

‘Humans need to be more aware of animal conditions,’ he says. ‘They are intelligent beings that deserve our love and respect. It’s our duty to protect them like our own children.’

McCurry choose the best of those photos for Steve McCurry: Animals.

It’s a book that explores the complex relationship between humans and animals around the world. 

And another series of beautifully complex images bearing all the Steve McCurry trademarks of empathy, humour and understanding.


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Main image: Japanese snow monkey at YamanouchI, Nagano, Japan (© Steve McCurry)