Steve McCurry really is in a sticky situation, as some of you will no doubt be aware. Blackadder would say that McCurry’s in the stickiest situation since Sticky the stick insect got caught on a sticky bun. It’s pretty bad.
This Petapixel.com article discusses the controversy neatly, so there is no need to repeat what it says. McCurry is a titan of photography, with a large support base (who care little about what I am going to discuss here), so he will undoubtedly continue to do very well. Sadly, however, I suspect the damage is wider than ‘Steve McCurry’ and that documentary, reportage, travel and street photography have had another chunk of concrete chipped from their foundations. It is very true that plenty of photographers have been caught with their pants down, but McCurry is one of the most famous photographers in the world. We needed him (and his ilk) to remain well above this sort of thing. Sadly he appears to have fallen off his cloud and to be covered in mud. This isn’t good for the most famous photographic agency in of all time, Magnum Photos, (which McCurry is a member of) and it is not good for photography as a whole.
Now onto what has happened, for those of you who may have missed it.