The Eyes Have It

Her gaze is direct, incurious but not hostile. It's the signature expression that immediately identifies this portrait of an Afghan schoolgirl as the work of American photographer Steve McCurry. How does he persuade his subjects to look so steadily into his lens? "I find humor a great way to break the ice and connect," he says. "Once you start to talk to people you find they're not that much different."

A sense of the common humanity that links different cultures infuses "Face of Asia," an exhibition of his pictures from Afghanistan, Cambodia, India and Tibet, the...

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