Photos as paintings: Steve McCurry Children

Photos as paintings: Steve McCurry Children

100 iconic images by the American photo journalist are on show at the Museo degli Innocenti.

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Sun 18 Jun 2023 11:17 AM

The Steve McCurry Children photographic show at the Museo degli Innocenti resembles an exhibition of paintings.

The light that frames the 100 captures in the semi-darkness of the museum space instils the photos with even more depth and three-dimensionality, acting as a spotlight for viewers. This is a show for McCurry fans, in the same way that culturalists are drawn to a monographic exhibition by an artist they know and love. Standing in front of 50 years of McCurry’s iconic oeuvre is the whole point of the experience as we seek reassurance in images seen the world over. While visitors are not expecting newness, we do experience the introspection and emotional charge that Afghan Girl (1984) never stops stirring within the human soul.

The setting of this show, curated by Biba Giacchetti, is particularly poignant as the gaze of innocence of each child is viewed at the Istituto degli Innocenti, which has been protecting children’s rights for six centuries. Designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, the revolving door of what was once the city’s orphanage is now open to education, research and the wellbeing of new generations. The children seen through the American photographer’s lens differ in their backgrounds, ethnicity and traditions, but they all share that same urge to play, even in the most stricken social, environmental and war-torn circumstances. 

Steve McCurry Children

Museo degli Innocenti

Piazza SS. Annunziata 13

Until October 8

Open every day 10am-7pm

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