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National Geographic’s ‘Around the World in 125 Years’ is one colossally stunning view

National Geographic’s ‘Around the World in 125 Years’ is one colossally stunning view


It was at a stoplight in what was then called Bombay, two decades ago. Photographer Steve McCurry was in the back seat of a rented car. Raining. Traffic. Thirteen million people. Misery.
A mother with a toddler boy on her hip appeared at his window, a rose-colored sari wrapped around her chest, lightly draped over her head. The child — black hair, checked shirt — peered into the rain-dappled window, the eyes brown, wide, intense. The woman held up her left hand, thumb slightly across the lines in her palm, a mute gesture that sought the kindness of strangers.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 30: Men dressed as Vikings take part in the torchlight procession as it makes its way through Edinburgh for the start of the Hogmanay celebrations on December 30, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Around 80,000 people are expected in the city for the traditional New Year celebrations, which run over three days. Tickets have been bought for the event by people from over sixty different countries. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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McCurry, a legend of his generation, on assignment for National Geographic, raised his Leica and fired twice. The traffic light changed, and the driver pulled away.
“The whole thing lasted maybe three seconds, and I’m not even sure they could see me,” says the New-York-based McCurry. “It’s one of these serendipitous, unplanned accidents of life. . . . Sometimes these are the greatest pictures, and you need to be prepared and ready.”

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