Behind Closed Doors

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2014 by stevemccurry

The women came from different countries with the same dream:
to leave behind the poverty of their villages.
But instead of working as domestic help, they found themselves in a kind of prison,
employed by people who treated them like something less than human.
One was stabbed with a knife, another doused in boiling water, another raped and jailed.

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Steve McCurry, best known for his work in war-torn countries like Afghanistan,
 documented the suffering of women from Indonesia,
Nepal and the Philippines who endured a myriad of abuses while
working for families elsewhere in Asia and the Middle East.

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“They’re at the complete mercy of these people who see them almost like slaves:
‘You’re my property, you’ll do what I say,’” McCurry said.

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“They go home, they’re disfigured, they don’t have money, 
and they’re psychologically scarred. 
They end up going home humiliated, and it becomes a stigma. 
In a way, their lives are ruined.”

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Steve McCurry, who has spent about 35 years in Asia, came to this project
through Karen Emmons, a
Bangkok-based journalist who
became interested in the abuse of domestic workers about
seven years ago, while researching an ILO report in Indonesia. 

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They visited shelters in Hong Kong and
women back in their home countries:
the Philippines, Indonesia and Nepal,

spending a week in each place.

DSC_8495_es, Indonesia, Domestic Violence, 07/2013. Woman shows her scars.

It is not necessarily a new story.
A Malaysian couple was recently sentenced to be hanged for murdering
their Indonesian maid by starving her,
the latest in a series of headline-grabbing outrages.

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Responding to horrific treatment in countries like Saudi Arabia,
the International Labor Organization, or ILO, a branch of the United Nations,
passed a treaty to protect domestic workers in 2011.

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Yet the abuses continue, and
only 14 countries have ratified the treaty.
To see the list of countries which have ratified the treaty go to:

http://goo.gl/NSPnXg

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“We wanted to tell them that this terrible evil act had to be exposed,
just for humanity’s sake,” Mr. McCurry said.
“ I think if you’ve been wronged like that,
you just want people to know that this happened…”

Text by Kim Barker, New York Times
http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/09/behind-closed-doors-abuse-of-domestic-workers/

Language of Hands

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 22, 2014 by stevemccurry

Behold the hands
how they promise, conjure, appeal, menace, pray, supplicate,
refuse, beckon, interrogate, admire, confess, cringe, instruct, command, 
mock and what not besides, with a variation and multiplication of
variation which makes the tongue envious.
– Michel de Montaigne

AFGHN-10164NF7_blogMazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

AFGHN-12947Bamiyan, Afghanistan

CUBA-10016Havana, Cuba

USA-10796NFAuthor Mary Brown Ward, Alabama, United States

The hands which beckon,
embrace, soothe, and comfort us
Bid us farewell.

RUSSIA-10108NFRussia

USA-10169NF2United States

Hands calm us, feed us, and scratch our backs.
They intimidate, bless, encourage, and stop us.  They soothe and caress.
They draw our attention to the good and the bad, often suggesting exuberance or fear.
- Charles Flowers introduction to Elliott Erwitt’s Handbook

UGANDA-10002NFUganda

KASHMIR-10020Kashmir

Our hands often reveal what we really think but do not say.
They can show a range of feelings and emotions from confusion and frustration
to joy, understanding, love, and compassion. 

MALI-10008 Mali

USA-10003United States

Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we 
have received and
let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

AFGHN-10089NFAfghanistan

VIETNAM-10042Vietnam

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us,
we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions,or cures,
 have chosen rather to share our pain
 and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.
- Henri Nouwen

INDIA-12141NF15India

Hands have saved lives and taken them just as easily.
They create the saviors of life as well as the purveyors of death.
Creating and destroying with a single move
a finger can move mountains or search the unknown heavens.
Hands live to caress and love.
Hands live to fight and die.
Forever living hands, forever exploring hands.
- Bruce Alan Humphrey

ITALY-10033Italy

Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as
beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.
- Rumi ( 1207 – 1273)

_2SM4551, Omo Valley, Ethiopia, 2012, ETHIOPIA-10182. A nanny holds a child.Ethiopia

AFGHN-13149Afghanistan

00524_19; Cambodia, Angkor Wat, CAMBODIA-10092NF4 retouched_Sonny Fabbri Cambodia

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Step by Step

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2014 by stevemccurry

Walking . . . is how the body measures itself against the earth.
- Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

USA-10962New York

PARAGUAY-10040Paraguay

PAKISTAN-10157Pakistan

INDIA-10870India

Solvitur ambulando
(To solve a problem, walk around)
- St. Jerome

BANGLADESH-10007Bangladesh


AFGHN-10154Afghanistan

NEPAL-10016 (1)Nepal

TIBET-10210Tibet

There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country. 
A fine landscape is like a piece of music;
it must be taken at the right tempo. 

- Paul Scott Mowrer

VIETNAM-10013Vietnam

ITALY-10445NF3Italy

BRAZIL-10080Brazil

Architecture limits where one can walk,
but the walker invents other ways to go.
– Rebecca Solnit

YUGOSLAVIA-10045, 00043_11; Zagreb, Croatia; 1989,Croatia

 

THAILAND-10075Thailand

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
- John Muir

HazarasAfghanistan

CAMBODIA-10120Cambodia

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

ETHIOPIA-10114Ethiopia

MOROCCO-10048Morocco

My father considered a walk among the mountains
as the equivalent of churchgoing.

- Aldous Huxley


AFGHN-12960Afghanistan

  Walking is the great adventure,
the first meditation, a practice of heartiness and
soul primary to humankind.
Walking is the exact balance between spirit and humility.
- Gary Snyder

ITALY-10077Italy

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Exhibitions

Leica Gallery
Salzburg, Austria
August 7  – September 27, 2014

The Anna Lamar Switzer Gallery
Pensacola State College

Pensacola, Florida
August 18 – December 12, 2014

Power of Two

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2014 by stevemccurry
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work.
If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
- Ecclesiastes 4

INDIA-11482Jodhpur, India

DSC_6015, Turkish Tourism, Turkey, 2013. Couple walking on the street.Istanbul, Turkey

CHINA-10223Shanghai, China

One’s not half of two;
two are halves of one.
- e.e. cummings

AFGHN-12678Afghanistan

FRANCE-10056, Lourdes, France, 1988Lourdes, France

Grow old along with me
The best is yet to be, the last of life,
for which the first was made.
Our times are in his hand who saith,
A whole I planned, youth shows but half;
Trust God: See all, not be afraid!
- Robert Browning

MACEDONIA-10004Macedonia

SPAIN-10051 (1)Spain

TIBET-10983Tibet

The couple is time recaptured,
the return to the time before time.

- Octavio Paz, Nobel Laureate in Literature

ITALY-10485Italy

 

CAMBODIA-10304Cambodia

CHINA-10231 (1)Hong Kong, China

FIJI-10013Fiji

AFGHN-13988Kabul, Afghanistan

YEMEN-10061, Yemen, 1997Yemen

TIBET-10100NF3Tibet

Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet.
– Vietnamese Proverb

YEMEN-10065NFYemen

Words are easy, like the wind;
Faithful friends are hard to find.

– William Shakespeare

ETHIOPIA-10287Ethiopia

00734_10, Afghanistan, Hazara People, July, 07/2006, AFGHN-13082Afghanistan

DSC_4537, Deep South, 04/2014 Retouched by Ekaterina Savtsova 04/13/2014United States

01428_18_esIndia

ETHIOPIA-10160NF2Ethiopia

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand,
not the kindly smile,
nor the joy of companionship.
It is the spiritual inspiration

that comes to one when you discover that someone else
believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

BRAZIL-10065Brazil

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.
- Mignon McLaughlin

UGANDA-10002 (1)Uganda

Love always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
–  Corinthians 13

 TIBET-10119Tibet

EXHIBITIONS

Brucie Collections
Kiev, Ukraine
May 14 – August 17, 2014

Alessandro Del Piero Gallery
Torino, Italy
May 16 – August 31, 2014

Festival La Gacilly
La Gacilly, France
May 31 – September 30, 2014

Théâtre de la Photography et de l’Image
Nice, France
June 27 – September 28, 2014

Loukla & Michael Zampelas Art Museum
Kaimakli, Nicosia, Cyprus
August 5 – September 30, 2014

Leica Gallery
Salzburg, Austria
August 7 – September 27, 2014

The Anna Lamar Switzer Gallery,
Pensacola State College
Pensacola, FL
August 18 – December 12, 2014

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Eye Witness

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2014 by stevemccurry

 Eyes speak a universal language, and no
interpreter is needed.

SAM_5899, Rajasthan, India, 2009, INDIA-11532India

Where words are restrained,
the eyes often talk a great deal.

- Samuel Richardson

ITALY-10427NF2Italy

Her eyes are homes of silent prayers.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson

YEMEN-10004NFYemen

Eyes are more accurate witnesses than ears.
- Heraclitus of Ephesus, 535 – c. 475 BCE

AFGHN-10242Afghanistan

 

ETHIOPIA-10328NF3Ethiopia

The countenance is the portrait of the soul,
and the eyes mark its intentions.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 – 43 BCE

01803_02_es_blogAfghanistan

The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dire, Mali, 1986, MALI-10003NFPORTRAITS_bookMali

TIBET-10067Tibet

The face is the mirror of the mind,
and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.

- St. Jerome

Los Angeles, California, USA, 1991, USA-10023Portraits_BookPORTRAITS_BookUnited States

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having 
new eyes.
- Marcel Proust

NIGER-10004Mali

There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.
- G. K. Chesterton

USA-10915United States

PAKISTAN-10002Pakistan

INDIA-11034India

From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive:
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academes,
That show, contain and nourish all the world.
 William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost

TIBET-10069 (1)Tibet

 INDIA-10209 India

ETHIOPIA-10235 (1)Ethiopia

TIBET-10658 (1)Tibet

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others.
– Audrey Hepburn

INDIA-10207India

 

Exhibition

Alessandro Del Piero Gallery
Torino, Italy
May 16 August 31, 2014

_DSC0028_2Steve McCurry and Alex Del Piero
Photograph by Biba Giachetti
 

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Faces of Afghanistan

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2014 by stevemccurry

“A landscape might be denuded,
a human settlement abandoned or lost,
but always,
just beneath the ground lies history of preposterous grandeur. . .
They are everywhere, these individuals of undaunted
humankind, irrepressibly optimistic and proud.”
-  The Carpet Wars, Christopher Kremmer

_PBS6026_es (1)Kabul

AFGHN-10223Herat

01803_02_es_blogKabul

AFGHN-12331NF (1)Panjshir Valley

Yet even at their most turbulent, the Afghans have tended to impress
travellers with
their dignity and hospitality as much as their fierce independence.
- William Dalrymple,  author of Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839–42

AFGHN-12691NF2 (1)Kabul

AFGHN-10211Charikar

AFGHN-12329Bamiyan

God must have loved Afghans because he made them so beautiful.
- Unknown

PAKISTAN-10003Peshawar, Pakistan Afghan refugee 

AFGHN-13164Kabul

AFGHN-12906Bamiyan

AFGHN-13831Bamiyan

AFGHN-12244NF (2)Kunduz

AFGHN-12316Pul-e-Khumri

In Afghanistan, you don’t understand yourself solely as an individual.
You understand yourself as a son, a brother, a cousin to somebody, an uncle to somebody.
You are part of something bigger than yourself.
- Khaled Hosseini

AFGHN-13903Bamiyan

AFGHN-13899Kabul

AFGHN-10242 (1)Kandahar

AFGHN-10143NFPul-e-Khumri

AFGHN-12232Kabul

AFGHN-10060, Pul-i-Khumri, Afghanistan, 1992. A bandaged wounded boy.Pul-e-Khumri

AFGHN-12092Ghazni

AFGHN-12772Bamiyan

AFGHN-12355Kabul

A French man who worked for the ICRC had been to inspect one of Kabul’s
prisons to
check on the conditions of the prisoners.
After their names had all been verified, he noticed a door which had remained unopened for the inspection. 

The prison guard had been reluctant to open it;
behind it was just an old man in solitary confinement, he had said.
But it was the man’s job to count the prisoners, and he insisted on being shown inside.

When the door was open, he caught sight of a half-naked old man in the freezing and windowless cell.
The old man had tottered to his feet, lifted the scrap of cloth on which he sat,
brushed the dust from it and stepped back, smiling, to offer the space to his guest.
- Jason Elliott, An Unexpected Light

AFGHN-12201NF4Kabul

Beetles & Huxley Gallery
Afghanistan
London, UK
12 May through 7 June 2014

To Read is to Fly

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2014 by stevemccurry

“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which
gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety,
ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.”
 – A C Grayling, Financial Times
(in a review of A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel)

DSC_2998_esBrazil

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
- Jorge Luis Borges

TURKEY-10212Turkey

There is no frigate like a book 
To take us lands away, 
Nor any coursers like a page 
Of prancing poetry. 
This traverse may the poorest take 
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot 
That bears a human soul.
- Emily Dickinson

DSC_8680_esLondon, United Kingdom

01734_06_esShanghai, China

_SM17860_adj; Havana, Cuba; 2010, CUBA-00018 Cuba

00038_18, Serbia, Yugoslavia, 11/1989, YUGOSLAVIA-10127.Serbia

BURMA-10711Burma

We read to know we’re not alone.
-  C.S. Lewis

USA-10880United States

DSC_3030_esCape Town, South Africa

ETHIOPIA-10221Ethiopia

India, November 2007,India

BRAZIL-10103Brazil

When I get a little money I buy books;
and if any is left I buy food and clothes.

- Erasmus

THAILAND-10147Chiang Mai, Thailand

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!
How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!
 When I have a house of my own,
I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
-  Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

_SM17695; Italy; 07/2011, ITALY-10289Italy

00703_20, CANADA-10007, Nova Scotia, Footsteps of Buddha, 06/2005France

The ability to read awoke inside me some
long dormant craving to be mentally alive.

Autobiography of Malcolm X

NEPAL-10108Nepal

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed,
and some few are to be chewed and digested.
- Francis Bacon

UNITED_ARAB_EMIRATES-10005United Arab Emirates

To learn to read is to light a fire;
every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. 

– Victor Hugo

BURMA-10597NFBurma

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily,
often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.
- Joyce Carol Oates

_SM11134, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2011, THAILAND-10066 final print_MACROChiang Mai, Thailand

Reading was my escape and my comfort,
my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it,
for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an
author’s words reverberating in your head.
– Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies

00939_16_es (1)Cambodia

MALAYSIA-10018Malaysia

USA-10821Renowned author, Paul Theroux, Hot Springs, Arkansas

SOUTH_AFRICA-10003NF_webSouth Africa

Beetles & Huxley Gallery
Afghanistan
London, UK
12 May through 7 June 2014

Alex Del Piero Gallery
Power of Ten

Torino, Italy
16 May through 31 August 2014

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