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Steve McCurry's 'Sensational Umbria' show, now in New York

Selection of 100 shots commissioned by Umbria region

11 November, 18:36
Steve McCurry's 'Sensational Umbria' show, now in New York (ANSA) - Perugia, November 11 - A New York exhibit by award-winning American photojournalist Steve McCurry titled 'Sensational Umbria' celebrates the art historical treasures, sublime landscapes, exquisite foods and wines, centuries-old traditions and avant-garde industries of this central Italian region.

Running November 7-18 at the New York office of Italian foreign trade agency ICE, the show features a selection of the 100 shots commissioned by Umbria authorities as part of their international marketing campaign for the region.

McCurry, 63, is best known for his iconic photograph Afghan Girl', which was named ''the most recognized photograph'' in the history of National Geographic magazine.

''Umbria as seen by Steve McCurry is a region seen through the eyes of an artist who, working with full autonomy and creative license, has captured its many souls'', Region President Catiuscia Marini told reporters at the opening, which was attended by ICE New York Director Pierpaolo Celeste and Italian Consul Natalia Quintavalle.

''We sponsored Steve McCurry's project as part of an innovative campaign, to show that our region is one of excellence and more importantly, that it has values''.

Marini and Umbria textile association president Luca Mirabassi also visited Parsons School of Design, where they told fashion students about the upcoming third annual Umbria Cashmere District Award competition. Past editions have seen competitors from London's Central Saint Martins School of Art and Fashion, with celebrated designers such as Vivienne Westwood on the jury.

The so-called Umbria cashmere district comprises 1,700 textile businesses, exporting 80% of their products to Asia and America.

''They are entrepreneurs who decided to invest in our territory through technological innovation as well as education'', Mirabassi said. ''But we also need your imagination and the freshness of your ideas'', he told the young fashion creators-to-be.

Also on display at ICE concurrently with the McCurry show is a rare 16th-century manuscript - one of 19 existing copies - of Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince. The manuscript will travel shortly to Washington, DC, as part of an exhibit about the Florentine humanist historian, politician, diplomat, and writer, which is to open December 10 in New York.