The straight look into the camera has become one of the significant features of Steve McCurry's portraits. Central hero looks in the eyes as if trying to make immediate contact with us through time and space. Steve McCurry also puts attention to the objects from daily life of his models. Obvious in their environment and exotic to the Westerners, these objects speak in their own way about the harsh realities of their heroes. Capturing armed conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Yugoslavia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Steve McCurry always found an opportunity to show a person and his daily life in these hard events.
In the interview McCurry said that he doesn't feel like a celebrity because usually "people recognize the photo, not its author." However, since the mid-1980s, he became reasonably famous, no longer he had to starve and spend the nights in the slums. Some of his works - especially the portrait of Sharbat Gula ("The Afghan girl") - have become world famous photo icons.
In 1986 McCurry is a candidate member of the famous photo agency Magnum Photos, and in 1991- a full member. He has received many prestigious awards, several times was recognized as "The best photojournalist of the year" by various magazines and associations. He received the highest award of a military photographer – the Robert Capa Gold medal for "the best photo report from abroad, which required exceptional courage and initiative."