I was recently in Girona for just a night to visit a friend, and we stumbled upon a free exhibition of photographer Steve McCurry's work in the city's Casa de Cultura. I'm a huge McCurry fan, so we decided to pop in quickly despite being late for a prior engagement.
My friend had to drag me away. McCurry's best known photographs, along with many others, were smartly displayed throughout a few simple rooms. They were unframed and modestly lit. McCurry's ability to capture vibrant, rich stories in a single image has never been more apparent, and it was one of the best photography exhibitions I have ever seen, anywhere.
A woman caught me with tears in my eyes as I stood in front of one photograph from September 11th in New York. She asked me in Catalan why the picture so moved me, and I told her it's because I used to live in Manhattan. She stood with to me for several more minutes to consider the photograph, and when she walked away I saw she had started to cry a bit, too. It would appear a picture is indeed worth a thousand words - in Steve McCurry's case perhaps a few thousand more - regardless of the language.
The McCurry exhibit is open until June 30th in Girona. If you have the chance to go, take advantage - and bring some tissues. A link to more information here: http://www.casadecultura.org/web/noticies/269/1/exposicio-quot-la-mirada-d-steve-mccurry-quot