Surprisingly Intimate Moments of Daily Life Around the World

As with his well-known photo, "Afghan Girl," these pictures of strangers from photojournalist Steve McCurry also reveal a depth of everyday struggle and joy.

By Emilie Harjes & Emma Kapotes from The Unguarded Moment: Thirty Years of Photographs
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© Steve McCurry / courtesy Phaidon Press

Young monks playing video games

Sera monastery, Bylakuppe, India, 2001

© Steve McCurry / courtesy Phaidon Press

Geisha in the subway

Kyoto, Japan, 2008

© Steve McCurry / courtesy Phaidon Press

Shoe store

Kabul, Afghanistan, 1992

© Steve McCurry / courtesy Phaidon Press

Destroyed control room

Kuwait City, Kuwait, 1991

© Steve McCurry / courtesy Phaidon Press

Boy and devalued currency

Kabul, Afghanistan, 1992

© Steve McCurry / courtesy Phaidon Press

Goat herder

Hajjah, Yemen, 1999

© Steve McCurry / courtesy Phaidon Press

Playing cards

Agra, India, 1999

© Steve McCurry / courtesy Phaidon Press

The Unguarded Moment

To see more stunning photography from Steve McCurry's travels, click here.

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