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Sorcerer Of The Dark Light

He likes shooting during war. But Steve McCurry, world-renowned photographer, is at heart a pacifist, irrevocably drawn to the rains and India.

Sorcerer Of The Dark Light
Prashant Panjiar
Sorcerer Of The Dark Light
outlookindia.com
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ON a sticky, overcast evening at a farmhouse out of Delhi, Steve McCurry is trying hard to chill out after an assignment gone awry. It isn't easy though: the air is still and hot, and a late sun is getting in his eyes, not very comforting for a person who has suffered a detached retina and a cataract. The morning papers tell a story about McCurry, one of the world's best-known photographers, being detained by the police in the badlands of Assam while on assignment. "It was nothing very big," says McCurry, lighting up a cigarette. "Things like this happen."

As McCurry tells it, he was on an assignment for Geo, Germany, to shoot a story on Assam—a three-week cross-country whirligig shooting tribes, tea gardens, oil refineries, Brahmaputra, the usual thing. In Dibrugarh, a Keystone cop chase to trace local militiamen climaxed in a meeting. Then McCurry and the writer on the story entered Bhutan to rest for the night. Next day, when they arrived at the airport to take a flight to Guwahati, the cops intercepted them, took them to a grubby...

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