During the "Tribute to Photography" night on September 1st, an event within the framework of the St. Moritz Art Masters in Switzerland, Steve McCurry was awarded the prize donated by Leica Camera AG: a Leica M9-P with the engraved name of the award and Steve McCurry's signature.
For more than three decades, the 61 years old McCurry has been on the road as a documentary photographer at the world's trouble spot and has obtained many awards for his work. His documentary on the Soviet invasion to Afghanistan won him international fame. He also covered, amongst others, the Iran-Iraq War, the Gulf War, and the Yugoslav Wars, and sent reports from Lebanon, Tibet, Yemen, and Cambodia.
His probably most famous photograph is the "Afghan girl" Sharbat Gula, a photograph that was taken in 1984 in a refugee camp. Since 1986, Steve McCurry has been a member of the renowned photographic agency Magnum.
Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, chairman of the supervisory board of Leica Camera AG, explains why Steve McCurry was chosen as the first awardee of the Leica Hall: the reason is his indefatigable commitment to a kind of reportage photography focussing on the sufferings and inhuman concomitants of acts of war: "More than almost anyone else, Steve McCurry has recorded the terrible consequences of war and persecution and has thus had decisive influence on our perception of world affairs for decades. For his work, he deserves our thanks and recognition."