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The Orange County Regional History Center Presents the East Coast Premiere of

A photographic exhibition from Steve McCurry

Limited Engagement

August 21-October 4, 2009

"I try to convey what it is like to be that person… caught in a broader landscape, that you could call the human condition." -Steve McCurry

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 18, 2009)-The Orange County Regional History Center presents the east coast premiere of Looking East, an exhibition from acclaimed photographer Steve McCurry, August 21 through October 4, 2009. The exhibition features 42 of McCurry's elegant and vivid color photographs of the landscapes and cultures of central and southeast Asia, including the iconic green-eyed Afghan girl.

A lushly poignant retrospective of areas capturing the headlines every day, Looking East illuminates the people, places, colors, and forms of Afghanistan, Tibet, India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Pakistan, and Myanmar (Burma). McCurry, one of the world's most admired photojournalists, has given us a window into the lives of the children, pilgrims, monks, miners, travelers, and others he has encountered on his journeys.

McCurry's career was launched when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into rebel-controlled Afghanistan just before the Russian invasion in 1979. When he emerged, he had rolls of film sewn into his clothes and images that would be published around the world, among the first to show the conflict there. One image taken in Pakistan, of the Afghan refugee girl, became a symbol for the troubled area and a National Geographic magazine cover. The Looking East exhibition also includes a photograph of the Afghan woman taken by McCurry almost two decades later.

Looking East makes its east coast premiere at the History Center. McCurry's exhibitions have recently been seen in Cambodia, Afghanistan, Germany, Argentina, and Moscow. His work has been featured in every major magazine in the world and frequently appears in National Geographic magazine. McCurry is the recipient of numerous awards, including Magazine Photographer of the Year, from the National Press Photographers' Association. He has won the Olivier Rebbot Memorial Award twice. His Afghanistan coverage won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad in 1980, an award dedicated to photographers exhibiting exceptional courage and enterprise. This was the same year in which he won an unprecedented four first prizes in the World Press Photo Contest.

A gallery guide for children with activities to enhance their experience will accompany the exhibition.

Complementary Exhibit:
ABCs: Art by Coalition Children
From the Coalition of the Homeless of Central Florida
September 15 - October 16, 2009

The History Center will host ABCs: Art by Coalition Children, September 15 through October 16, 2009, in the museum's grand staircase. The exhibit features photographic works done by children in the Art by Coalition Children program at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. The program pairs children living at the Coalition with professional artists in the community to provide an outlet for the children to express and discover themselves in a nurturing environment where they can explore the arts and build self-confidence.

The Orange County Regional History Center, housed in a restored historic five-story 1927 courthouse in downtown Orlando, showcases the vast collections of the Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. The museum features three floors of permanent exhibitions and also presents nationally important limited-run exhibitions. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

The History Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $9, $7 seniors (60+) and students and military with I.D., and $6 children ages 5-12. Historical Society Members, Orange County employees, and children 4 and under are free. Two hours free parking at the Orlando Public Library garage with paid admission. A self-guided Audio Tour of the museum's permanent exhibits is available free of charge with admission into the museum. For general information, call (407) 836-8500 or visit www.thehistorycenter.org.


The Orange County Regional History Center is financed in part by Orange County Government through the Department of Health & Family Services under Orange County Mayor Richard T. Crotty and the Board of County Commissioners, The Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc., United Arts of Central Florida with funds from the United Arts Campaign and by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts: Division of Historic Resources and Bureau of Historical Museums.