Steve McCurry (b. 1950) is best known for his evocative colour photography of Southeast Asia. He has captured stores of human experience which, in the finest documentary tradition, cross boundaries of language and culture. McCurry's career was launched in 1979 when he crossed the border from Pakistan into rebel-controlled Afghanistan just before the Russian invasion. This body of work won him the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal. A contributor to National Geographic for many years and a member of Magnum Photos since 1986, McCurry's images have become modern icons.