Inspiring images from Steve McCurry's journeys on the Indian railways
Best known for his captivating image of an Afghani woman with striking green eyes, Steve McCurry's photography has been described as "the most evocative colour photography". During the eighties he spent time in India photographing train stations, creating a visual narrative of day to day activities, and capturing his unique perspective in this fascinating personal account. We're delighted that Steve McCurry has granted us permission to share this breathtaking photography.
Steve says, "when the train pulls into the station there is a mad dash of humanity. People push through the doors and climb through windows to capture an elusive seat to avoid the punishment of standing for an entire trip." The effect is a collection of photographs which, though sometimes sad, are always thought provoking.
Bicycles on the side of the train, 1983
Yangon-Mandalay Line, 2011
Old Delhi, 1983
Bengali woman and child, 1982
Man bathing at train station, 1984
Train station, 1983
The Assam Mail, 1983
Geisha in Subway, 2007
Main image and thumbnail: Taj and Train, 1983. All images by Steve McCurry, all rights reserved.