In his new book, In Search of Elsewhere: Unseen Images, iconic photographer Steve McCurry shares 102 previously unseen images—18 of which were captured during his travels with Silversea.
(Monaco – December 9, 2020) Iconic photographer Steve McCurry—Silversea Cruises’ valued, long-term ambassador—has published previously unseen photographs in his new book, In Search of Elsewhere: Unseen Images. Of the work’s 102 captivating shots, 18 were taken during McCurry’s travels with Silversea, as the celebrated storyteller ventured deep into countries such as Benin, Madagascar, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Togo, and others.
First released in Italian, then in US English on November 24—and since translated into French, German and Spanish—In Search of Elsewhere takes readers across the globe, revealing the diversity of human life. From India, Myanmar and Cuba, to Togo, Ethiopia, Macedonia and the monasteries of Tibet, McCurry offers a new perspective on many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. McCurry is known for creating some of the most iconic images of recent times; his newest compilation reveals the incredible depth of his work. Lauded travel writer Pico Iyer, who is also a long-term collaborator of Silversea Cruises, penned the book’s foreword.
“This book documents my travels over the past 40 years, but more importantly, it records the ways in which people live out their everyday lives, no matter the joys and difficulties,” says Steve McCurry. “The overarching theme of this collection is that no matter how divided our world is, there are more things that bind us together as humans than divide us. […] My collaboration with Silversea has been one of the most fruitful of my career. I’ve been able to photograph such remote, far-flung communities. The respect that they have shown me and my work and the freedom to take pictures in my own way has been a gift.”
“We congratulate Steve McCurry on his beautiful new book, In Search of Elsewhere: Unseen Images,” says Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s Chief Marketing Officer. “McCurry’s remarkable images perfectly capture the wonder of travelling, which is experienced by our guests as they journey deep into more than 900 of the world’s most inspiring destinations. We are very proud of our ongoing collaboration with Steve McCurry; through his lens and with his unique eye, our guests can experience the authentic beauty of the world in vivid colour.”
A sample of featured images, taken during McCurry’s travels with Silversea Cruises, include:
In March 2017, McCurry arrived in Delhi with Silversea to discover India —a destination dear to the photographer’s heart. “As I walked down a small alley in Kolkata, I happened to pass by this small temple while the priest was starting the evening puja or prayer. Performed just before dusk, it marks the last of the daily prayers and prepares the mind for God's beneficence.”
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
McCurry turned his lens on the Asaro people of Papua New Guinea in November 2017. “I was fascinated to meet the mudmen of Papua New Guinea's highlands, who make ghoulish masks and pose with weapons in homage to their past tribal rivalries. Although today their dances are more ceremonial, they still revere their ancestors' traditions by memorialising old ways of superstition and illusion."
In November 2019, McCurry fulfilled a lifelong ambition by journeying to Madagascar with Silversea. “It had always been a dream of mine to travel to Madagascar, and I was privileged to visit for the first time in November of 2019. It was an incredible experience to see the gigantic African baobabs up close. They are often referred to as the ‘Tree of Life’ because of their age and ability to store water in times of drought.”
McCurry travelled to Antarctica for the first time with Silversea Cruises, departing Ushuaia on Silver Cloud on December 10, 2019. The photographer witnessed whales, seabirds, penguins, and elephant seals, plus vast glaciers and relics of history, frozen in time. “After a career of shooting mainly in colour, my trip to Antarctica was nonetheless a visual feast,” says McCurry. “It exceeded my expectations by far. Monochromatic and minimalist, the mammoth floating sculptures are in constant motion, and the hues of white and blue relentlessly change and evolve.”
Read an insightful Q&A with Steve McCurry on Silversea’s travel blog, Discover:
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About Steve McCurry
Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than 30 years. His work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike -- yet always retains the human element. A born storyteller with the soul of an explorer, his unique ability to capture what is left of the authentic beauty and truth in the world made him the natural choice when Silversea sought a global creative collaborator in 2017. His unique mission would be to chronicle Silversea's immersive travel experiences, with a focus on revealing the world's beauty and fragility. With scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name, McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry. These include the Robert Capa Gold Medal, the National Press Photographers Award, and four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest.