It takes a unique eye to be able to capture scenes like Steve McCurry does. His photography has always demonstrated a spontaneous character – momentary snapshots that cannot be recreated – portraying the people and places that many of us wouldn’t have the opportunity to see otherwise.

As one of the first people to photograph the Afghan conflict – which birthed the iconic ‘Afghan Girl’ – McCurry’s work has traversed photojournalism to become gripping fragments of history. Now, the American photographer is holding his first solo exhibition in Berlin from 6th-30th October as part of the first Berlin Foto Bienniale and the 4th Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography. Curated by Magnum Photos and, within that, McCurry himself, Asia – A Life in Pictures explores the incredible scenes scattered throughout Asia as he leads us from Kabul to Jodphur by way of his extraordinary photography.

Held at Berlin’s Palazzo Italia, the exhibition is an enormous project comprised of 130 photographs shot by McCurry between 1979 and 2013 across Asia. He is joined by 446 other photographers from 41 countries exhibiting over 1230 photographs at the biennial, including Emerging Young Talent winner Yusuke Suzuki’s photo essays of Greece and Syria. In a time of ongoing conflict across the globe, McCurry’s retrospective and the Biennial as a whole is one not to be missed.

For more information click here. Feature image © Steve McCurry / Magnum Photos / Focus Agentur (2002).

Stilt Fishermen by Steve McCurry

© Steve McCurry / Magnum Photos / Focus Agentur (1995)

Girl with Green Shawl by Steve McCurry

© Steve McCurry / Magnum Photos / Focus Agentur (2002)

Holi Man by Steve McCurry

© Steve McCurry / Magnum Photos / Focus Agentur (1996)

Widow in Kabul by Steve McCurry

© Steve McCurry / Magnum Photos / Focus Agentur (1992)