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Steve McCurry talks to Wordpress.com about his work, and why he blogs

Dec 6, 2012 at 01:00 GMT

Steve McCurry, the award-winning photographer responsible for the iconic 'Afghan Girl' portrait for National Geographic, has given an interview about his work and why, despite his fame, he maintains a blog for his latest images. In the interview, on the official Wordpress blog, McCurry explains how photography as a career has changed over the course of the past few decades, and the vital role now played by the Internet. It's well worth taking a look at, if only for the excellent accompanying photographs. 

Indonesia - Photograph: Steve McCurry 

According to McCurry, the main differences between shooting today compared to in the past 'are that people want you to send them a picture and that you are shooting with a digital camera'. But McCurry admits that things aren't exactly as they used to be, explaining how a web presence is now 'vital' to photographers' success. 

Geisha in subway. Kyoto, Japan, 2008 - Photograph: Steve McCurry

'If you want to be a photographer, you have to photograph. If you look at the photographers whose work we admire, they’ve found a particular place or a subject, dug deep into it, and carved out something that’s become special. And that takes a lot of time and a lot of work - that’s not for everyone. Regardless of how successful you are, it’s important for you to spend your time photographing things that matter to you. You need to understand the things that have meaning to you, and not what others think is important for you. Having a blog is one of the easiest ways for your to get your work out to a wide audience'.

As for the future, McCurry is optimistic: 'There will always be new people and situations. In so far as there are new songs to be written, new poems to be told, likewise there will always be a new photograph to be taken!'