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Picturing Asia : Double Take: The Photography of Brian Brake and Steve McCurry (Hardcover) (Ian Wedde)
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Brian Brake (1927–1988, New Zealand) and Steve McCurry (1950–, U.S.A.) are two eminent photojournalists whose work concurs with the mission of Asia Society—to promote greater understanding of Asia. The catalogue title Picturing Asia references two kinds of picturing: what we do when we make a photograph, and the imaginative act implied by the phrase "picture this". This "double take" carries over into the experience of seeing the different takes of two great photographers who made their reputations as visual storytellers providing eyewitness accounts of "great events". This catalogue invites viewers to participate in a rich visual conversation between the two photographers and their individually distinct picturings of Asia.
Brake's international career as a documentary photographer was launched by his photo essays on China in Life in 1957 and 1959. McCurry's breakthrough came with the publication of a photograph in the New York Times, 1979, of the war in Afghanistan. Both men photographed the monsoon—Brake in 1960, McCurry in 1983–1985—and it is here that this exhibition begins.