The photographer's real name is Steve McCurry. He was born on April 23, 1950. He is still alive, indeed. Steve's style of photography is photojournalism. The special techniques Steve uses is rule of thirds, leading lines, diagonals, framing, figure to ground, fill the frame, center dominate eye, patterns & repetition, and symmetry. He has worked for a local newspaper, Way, Monsoon, Portraits, South Southeast, Sanctuary, The Path to Buddha: A Tibetan Pilgrimage, and Looking East. Steve McCurry uses Nikon D700 DSLR and a Hasselblad medium format camera and uses 28-70mm zoom lens. He bases his lighting around the time of day, preferably during the mornings or during the evenings. When daylight is to harsh during the day, Steve will go inside of markets with less harsh lighting. Steve's influences to be a photographer occurred when he was eleven and saw a photo in LIFE magazine. An interesting story is that Steve got in a plane crash and he was able to swim to the top of the water and swim to a boat to be rescued. I like how his work is different and unique. I chose this photographer because I looked up what type of photos he takes beforehand and found them really interesting and wanted to learn more.