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As everybody knows, or is supposed to know, Steve McCurry came to fame thanks to a photograph published in the National Geographic of an Afghan teenager met by the photographer in a refugee camp in Pakistan, and I wrote elsewhere that that photograph is surely as famous as that of Che Guevara in Cuba by Alberto Korda.

The fact is that the impressive glance of the Afghan teenager went round the world. Many years later the photographer managed to get again in touch with the young Afghani, who had become in the meantime the mother of many children.

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One day I discovered on the Internet a polemic in connection with Steve McCurry, who was accused of forgery of pictures with the help of Photosh... Then I thought: "Ha! Ha! Ha! Those folks have apparently no idea of the real meaning of Photography!" The fact is that all photographers are used to faking pictures! Let's consider the images below: on the left, the original picture, on the right, a 're-interpreted one' by means of the computer (2D pictures).
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To be honest, I do appreciate my fakes, as a proof that I am not so awkward with the mouse of my computer! smiley And, as you can see, it is not so difficult to 'fake' pictures! Besides that, a lot of new technical equipments are now available -I mean CAD softwares / Computer Aided Design- and make possible to 're-interpret' any sort of picture, even masterpieces by Leonardo, Rembrandt or Michelangelo!

By the way, we have currently got in Paris (Autumn-Winter 2016, Centre Pompidou) an important exhibition about René Magritte, the inventor of the expression "La trahison des images / The treachery of pictures", with the very famous image: "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" / This is not a pipe", meaning that the reproduction of an object is not the very object but just a fake of reality (cf. Latin: 'res' = 'the object', not its reproduction).

Concerning the controverse about McCurry I found this interesting statement on the Internet made by a surely skilled photographer:

No camera catches "the truth". Photos are a low fidelity two dimensional representation of reality. If your white balance is off by 1 degree is the photo no longer valid? What about shallow depth of field or telephoto background compression? That's not what your eyes would see. Should PJs be limited to uncropped RAW files shot at f/8 and 50 mm? The self righteous, insufferable little piss ants who delight in taking potshots as a photographer more talented and interesting than they can ever hope to be would be better off spending time on perfecting their own skill.


"Photos are a low fidelity two dimensional representation of reality...". The guy should have said: "Pictures (not only photos) are a low fidelity two dimensional representation of reality!". [Nota bene: In the statement above, I guess that 'PJs' means 'photojournalists'.]

Should you ask me about what I am looking for at first sight by an artist (painter, photographer...), I would answer without any hesitation: "Perspective!".

If you have no idea of the meaning of perspective, let's just consider Diego Velázquez' Las Meninas, or one item out of the huge collection of landscapes by Canaletto, or a famous photograph of children among ruins shot by Henri Cartier-Bresson in Spain, probably during the civil war (2D pictures)...

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The fact is that there is much perspective in McCurry's photographs, and that should shut a lot of people up who stupidly criticise an artist -as far as I am informed McCurry never considered himself a journalist!- without having a single idea of what a good photograph (picture) should be! Let's just appreciate the following series (except -of course- the first picture!) that I dared to 're-interpret' into 3D without previously asking the photographer about a possible permission, but anyway, after having let him know (I have just sent him an Email) about my decision. Wait and see whether he would appreciate my 'fakes' or not. smiley
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Breaking news: As recently heard on the medias, Sharbat Gula, the former young girl once photographed by Steve McCurry has got some trouble with the Pakistani government, after having been sued for forgery of documents and illegal stay in Pakistan. As a result, she had to move back to Afghanistan, where she has been warmly welcomed by the government. And here I would like to express my deepest concern about the miserable situation of that woman, given the amount of money she is supposed to have earned from Mr. McCurry and from the National Geographic!
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