Dust Storm, Rajasthan, 1983. Iconic photographer Steve McCurry donates one of his greatest photographs to the Housatonic Museum of Art. (contributed photo)
BRIDGEPORT, CT - World renown photographer Steve McCurry generously donated one of his favorite photographs to the Housatonic Museum of Art. The piece, which was part of the museum’s recent exhibition, Steve McCurry: India, is named ‘Dust Storm.’ The photograph depicts a group of women huddling together during a sudden dust storm, protecting themselves against blowing wind and sand. Taken in Rajasthan, India in 1983, the picture appears in his book, Steve McCurry: The Iconic Photographs, which gathers many of his most beautiful photographs from around the globe.
“I was driving down the road in a beat up taxi, when this dust storm just came out of nowhere,” said McCurry. “Suddenly the whole landscape got like this deep fog and all this wind. I looked off towards this field and I noticed these women that were huddled together, trying to protect themselves against this very fierce, hot dusty strong wind. So I ran across the field and took a few pictures. I love the color, the movement and the composition of the picture.”
“We are thrilled and honored to accept this incredible photograph from one of today’s most important voices in contemporary photography,” said Robbin Zella, Director for the Housatonic Museum of Art. “Through this iconic work, we will have a powerful way to study and celebrate India’s vibrant culture for many years to come.”
One of today’s finest photojournalists and editorial photographers, Steve McCurry captures moments of life that simultaneously connect us and offer windows to the world. Best known for his iconic ‘Afghan Girl’ image that graced the cover of National Geographic over 30 years ago, McCurry has won scores of prestigious photography awards, and has over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.