Yeah, there are a lot of books of Steve McCurry’s photographs. But there’s only one book that weighs 16 lbs, clocks in at 320 pages, and can be called “Steve McCurry: The Iconic Photographs.” As its name implies, it is a formidable book — big and bad ass. I ordered mine in November 2010, and waited as the publish date got pushed out further and further. And it finally arrived, and here are the unboxing pictures to prove it (did I mention that each book comes with a limited edition lambda print?)
I was assuming the two “DO NOT OPEN” stickers weren’t meant for me.
Think you’re looking at the cover? Wrong. That’s just the case.
On the inside front cover is a meticulously wrapped, limited edition print.
And a certificate of authenticity.
What has two thumbs and likes Coke? A buddhist monk.
You might have seen this picture before.
I own a decent number of photo books, and I have to be honest, this one is pretty unbelievable. Should you get it? Should you spend the money? It’s clearly going to be a collector’s item, and I just don’t know where you’d see so many iconic photos in one sitting — even an exhibition wouldn’t show this much work. Do it. You know you want it.