Steve McCurry X Filson Camera Bag Collaboration – Background to the Man

Steve McCurry X Filson Camera Bag Collaboration – Background to the Man
16/07/2015 Byte9 Systems

Steve McCurry x Filson Collaboration Creates Ultimate Camera Bag

We are hugely excited to have got our hands on this immense bag from Filson. You can read about it in detail within the description on our website, but I wanted to delve a little deeper into the background and man who collaborated to design this finely honed photography bag. The McCurry x Filson collaboration is based on the experience of a man who has travelled through war zones to get great images, this is not a man or a bag to be sniffed at.

This bag was designed as part of the collaboration with Magnum Photos – the co-operative set-up in 1947 by four of the world’s all-time greatest photographers: Robert Capa, David “Chim” Seymour, George Rodger, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. You can read more about Magnum here.

We are huge fans of Filson and their attitude to manufacturing, and it is no surprise that they have excelled in collaborating with Steve McCurry to design a camera bag that is perfectly fit for purpose.  You can read lots of reviews online, here is one of my favourites – I think this does it justice and is a fair commentary from an expert.

Clearly I love the bag, but I wanted to find out more about Steve McCurry himself, so I did some research and discovered that he is the ultimate travel photographer, a true legend.  He truly started his career crossing the border from Pakistan into rebel controlled Afghanistan disguised in traditional clothing just prior to the Soviet invasion.  He returned across the border with film sewn into his clothing, and the photographs from this escapade – the first to show the conflict  to the world – won him thRobert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad.

He continued to specialise in the coverage of armed conflicts around the world, submitting regularly to National Geographic and joining Magnum in 1987.  His objective is to show more than the devastation of landscapes and buildings, and to highlight the people within these conflicts, in his own words:

“Most of my images are grounded in people. I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face. I try to convey what it is like to be that person, a person caught in a broader landscape, that you could call the human condition.”

This approach resulted in international acclaim with the world-famous Afgan Girl photograph taken in a refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan. It featured on the cover of the June 1985 issue of National Geographic and is regarded as the “most recognised photograph” in the history of the National Geographic Magazine.


“Sharbat Gula”. Via Wikipedia

Steve McCurry continues to take groundbreaking photographs today and has a special affinity with India, one of the first places he visited as a young photographer.  His imagery from the region is astounding and captures one of the most complex and diverse countries on earth with stunning visual dexterity.

00507_05, Photographer, Steve McCurry, poses with a man at the Kumbha Mela Festival, India, 2001.

00507_05, Photographer, Steve McCurry, poses with a man at the Kumbha Mela Festival, India, 2001.

If you have any passing interest in photography then I highly recommend keeping updated with McCurry’s website which contains an ongoing series of his work as he travels the world.

The gallery section contains galleries broken into some really interesting themes such as “what the world drinks”:


There is also my personal favourite: “Home again” – here are just a few of the incredible shots from this gallery:

There is also a fascinating Tumblr account that Steve keeps regularly updated with photos from his travels and from projects he works with such as the Young Womans Photographic Initiative in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.

If you are ever looking for inspiration to get out there and take some photographs, then checking out Steve McCurry’s work should do just the trick. However, if you really want to take great photographs, you’ll need a new bag….


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