Child holding hands, Hajjah, Yemen 1999


This photograph has been taken by Steven McCurry, an American photojournalist in 1999 in the city of Hajjah in Yemen. The title of this photograph is called ” Child holding hands”.


About the book, the title of it is ” The unguarded moment”, is has been published by Phaidon Press in London – New-york, Mc Curry, S. 2009.

The title of this book is a phrase that Steve McCurry uses a lot when talking about his work – he is always trying to capture those ‘unguarded moments’ when people are at their most unselfconscious. McCurry takes photographs all over the world, for National Geographic magazine as well as his own projects, so this book includes the colours and forms of the Yemen, Mali, Niger, Chad, India, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), France and the former Yugoslavia, among others.

In The Unguarded Moment, people go about their everyday business in extraordinary circumstances and settings, like the young women walking through a dust storm in India, the fishermen casting their nets in the Niger river in Mali’s Sahel Desert and the boy working in a candy factory in Kabul, Afghanistan. This book includes striking portraits of a Tuareg woman in Mali, an intense young gypsy boy in Marseille and pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma. There are children paying close attention to their teachers in school rooms in Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, as well as five young monks happily playing with computer games at a monastery in India, just like any other boys their age would.”

  • Steve McCurry – The Unguarded Moment | Photography | Agenda | Phaidon

A very emotional picture, I can feel a lot of innocence in this child’s face. Steve McCurry is a remarkable photojournalist, he crossed all these dangerous countries to create a very special book that it took him approximatively thirty years to complete it.

There is no information about the photograph but more about the work Steve has done. So what I can say is that I know that life is hard in Yemen and that people pray to be happier like that child looking direclty to the photographer. Steve McCurry really wants to show the reality of life to the world, he wants to give a message to everyone to get them involved.

This little boy tries to find after such a long period of destruction the perfect time for peace…


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