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Lending beauty to terror


They shocked the world – the photographs that Steve McCurry, disguised as a Mujahideen fighter, took in 1979 in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and smuggled out of the country. A few years later he photographed an Afghan girl in a refugee camp in Pakistan – the image became iconic. The now 65-year-old American, a member of the illustrious Magnum photo agency, primarily photographs in Asia and regards himself as a chronicler of histories and cultures that are disappearing in some respects. 130 of his photographs are currently on display at the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich.

The exhibition runs until 18 October 2015. An extensive fringe programme has been organised.