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Steve McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #5

Legendary photographer's advice for happy snappers and shutterbugs: #5: ‘React quickly!'

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Many of the world’s best photographs were taken in an instant. The photographer didn’t think, he or she just clicked the shutter and the resulting image passed into photographic history. That’s how some of Steve McCurry’s best known shots came about, be they the image of a child on a bus in Rangoon, Burma;  the couple wading through a monsoon-flooded street in Gujarat, India; or a young boy running, seemingly caught in mid-flight in Jodhpur, India.

Steve McCurry, Lux soap, Rangoon, Burma (1994)Steve McCurry, Lux soap, Rangoon, Burma (1994)

Steve McCurry, Boy in mid-flight, Jodhpur, India (2007)Steve McCurry, Boy in mid-flight, Jodhpur, India (2007)

Years may separate the pictures but the emotion in each was captured in a split second. In the video above, the photojournalist asks everyone to remember that  “a picture has to be from the heart or the gut. Don’t intellectualise it, follow your instincts and go with your feeling. You have to seize the moment because things are ephemeral and change. And if you wait an expression or a scene can pass you by.”

Watch the remainder of the series here:

McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #1
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #2
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #3
McCurry’s One-Minute Masterclass #4
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #6 
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #7
McCurry's One-Monute Masterclass #8
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #9
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #10

For a closer look behind the photographs follow the link to Revealed - the true story behind the Afghan 'Mona Lisa'.

For more from Steve McCurry view his memories of 9/11 and follow the link to buy Steve McCurry’s Iconic Photographs.

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Steve McCurry, Couple wading through monsoon waters, Gujerat, India (2007)Steve McCurry, Couple wading through monsoon waters, Gujerat, India (2007)


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