Valentino goes to Africa for his new 2016 spring/summer collection. To better represent the local ethnicity and culture, the famous photographer Steve Mccurry was certainly the right choice.
The American photo reporter has an extraordinary career and life experience, and he is known all over the world for those touching images captured during his trip on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, which were able to show the true horror of war to the entire world.
Thanks to his collaboration with National Geographic Magazine, he has kept on shooting international conflicts like the wars in Iran-Iraq, Beirut and Cambodia, Philippines and again in Afghanistan, but the most famous portrait of Mccurry will always be the one of the Afghan girl. Her face, shot in a refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan, became the symbol of an era and was published on the cover in June 1985. The identity of the girl remained unknown for more than 17 years, and it was only in 2002 that Mccurry and a team put together by National Geographic located the woman Sharbat Gala, already 30 and with all the scars of wars, invasions and troubles she had in her life.
“Her skin is weathered; there are wrinkles now, but she is as striking as she was all those years ago.”
Who better than him could fully understand a reality like the one chosen by the creative directors of the brand, and transmit it with a picture.
The images of the campaign are amazing, and the collection even more…
Don’t you have a bit of Mal d’Afrique too Pinelle?