Archive for September, 2011

Everybody Has a Story

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2011 by stevemccurry

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Kabul, Afghanistan

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Sidon, Lebanon

Six billion of us walking the planet, six billion smaller worlds
on the bigger one. 

Six billion stories, every one an epic, full of tragedy and triumph,
good and evil, despair and hope.

- Dean Koontz

LEBANON-10071

Baalbek, Lebanon

People are hungry for stories. It’s part of our very being.
Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too.
It goes from one generation to another.
— Studs Terkel

LEBANON-10067, Lebanon, Druze Elders, 03/1982

Druze Elders, Lebanon

All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by.
-Harvey Cox

INDIA-10211

Rajasthan, India

 

Scientists who study the brain tell us that we are
hardwired for storytelling and
understanding the world through stories and metaphors.

FRANCE-10019, PËre Lachaise Cemetery, France, Political, 08/1988

Père Lachaise Cemetery, France

 

KASHMIR-10070NF

Shalimar Bagh, Kashmir

 

If history were taught in the form of stories,
it would never be forgotten

 – Rudyard Kipling

AFGHN-12475

Maimana, Afghanistan

 …Without a story you have not got a nation, or culture, or civilization.
Without a story of your own, you haven’t got a life of your own.
—Laurens Van der Post

IRAQ-10011

Poet Khalil Khoury, Iraq

People did not wait until there was writing before they told stories and sang songs.
— Albert Bates Lord

INDIA-10766

Golden Temple, Amritsar, India

YEMEN-10072

Near Al Hudaydah, Yemen

 

USA-10376

Texas, USA

Their story, yours and mine — it’s what we all carry with us on this trip we take, and
we owe it to each other to respect our stories and learn from them.

— William Carlos Williams

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Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, USA

USA-10344NF

Jimmy Swaggart, Louisiana

 

HONDURAS-10006NF3

La Fortuna, Honduras

The universe is made of stories, not atoms.
— Muriel Rukeyser

INDIA-11237

Rajasthan, India

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Flechtingen, Germany

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Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes Interview, Beverly Hills Hotel, USA

We are lonesome animals.
We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome.

One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say and to feel
‘Yes, that is the way it is, or at least that is the way I feel it.’

You’re not as alone as you thought.
— John Steinbeck

BRAZIL-10014NF8, Lavazza, Brazil, 08/2010

Brazil

 

I will tell you something about stories, (he said)
They aren’t just entertainment.
Don’t be fooled.
They are all we have, you see,
All we have to fight off
illness and death
- Leslie Marmon Silko

YUGOSLAVIA-10024

Pristina, Kosovo

AFGHN-12942

Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

To be a person is to have a story to tell.
—Isak Dinesen

INDIA-10212

Vrindavan, India

Story behind the picture

The woman in the picture has been a widow for seventy years.
Her husband died when she was 14 years old.
Living in a community of widows since that time, she has made a living as one commissioned to pray for others.
After I made her picture, she invited me to join her for tea.
She spends her days in prayer for people who give her a few rupees.
She lives joyfully, and shows no sign of sorrow, self-pity, or resentment.

E X H I B I T I O N S

CHRIS BEETLES FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHS
3-5 Swallow Street
London W1B 4DE
September 7 –October 15, 2011

PETER FETTERMAN GALLERY
2525 Michigan Ave #A1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
September 10 – December 1, 2011
 
OPEN SHUTTER GALLERY
735 Main Avenue
Durango, CO
September 9 – December 14, 2011
  
LAURA RATHE FINE ART
Houston, TX
September 17 – October 15, 2011
 
MACRO
Museum of Contemporary Art
Rome, Italy
December 1, 2011 – April 29, 2012

 

Importance of Elsewhere

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2011 by stevemccurry
INDIA-10206

Calcutta, India

In Paul Theroux’s new book, The Tao of Travel, he writes,
“As a child, yearning to leave home and go far away, the image in my mind was of flight — my little self hurrying off alone.
I wanted to find a new self in a distant place, and new things to care about.  The importance of elsewhere was something
I took on faith.  Elsewhere was the place I wanted to be.”

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Afghanistan

 “The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human; the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to
change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger,
to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown …”   – Theroux

BRAZIL-10013NF5

Brazil

NIGER-10001NF

Niger

MALI-10035

Mali

INDIA-10887

Mizoram, India

00707_08, Shanghai, China; 1989, CHINA-10080

Shanghai, China

CUBA-10022

Havana, Cuba

“…The tourist generally hurries back home at the end of a
few weeks or months,the traveler, belonging no more to one place than to the next, moves slowly,
over periods of years, from one part of the earth to another.”
– Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky 

TIBET-10510

Tibet

TIBET-10093NF2

Tibet

THAILAND-10075

Thailand

INDIA-11443

India

 

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

INDIA-11042

India

Mazar-i Sharif, AFghanistan, 2003, AFGHN-12341NF

Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan


“All good trips are, like love, about being carried out of yourself and deposited in the
midst of terror and wonder. “
– Pico Iyer, Why We Travel

INDIA-11030

Varanasi, India

BANGLADESH-10007

Bangladesh

BANGLADESH-10010

Bangladesh

 

PHILIPPINES-10028

Sulu Sea, Philippines

“There is a change that takes place in a man or a woman in transit.
You can see this at its most exaggerated on a ship when whole personalities change.”
– John Steinbeck


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Burma/Myanmar

 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain

TIBET-10720NF

Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet


COSTA_RICA-10006, Papagayo, Costa Rica, 05/2007, Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux, Papagayo, Costa Rica

 

“Travel is flight and pursuit in equal parts.”
The Great Railway Bazaar, Theroux

INDIA-10711NF-(1)

Agra, India

 

Unpublished, Unseen VI

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2011 by stevemccurry

TURKEY-10074NF

Istanbul, Turkey

 Over the past thirty years, I have taken nearly a million pictures. 
Many of them have been published in my books, in magazines, and
seen in my exhibitions,
but a majority have never been seen.
Here are a few of those unseen pictures.

BALUCHISTAN-10005NF

Baluchistan, Pakistan

ITALY-10132NF11

Sicily, Italy

TIBET-10936

Tibet

 

YEMEN-10167

Yemen

TIBET-10946

Lhasa, Tibet

PAKISTAN-10017

Afghanistan 

INDIA-11398

Gujarat, India

INDIA-10878

Mizoram, India

JAPAN-10005NF3

Japan

CUBA-10028

Havana, Cuba

CUBA-10027

Havana, Cuba

THAILAND-10070

Bangkok, Thailand

THAILAND-10076

Chang Mai, Thailand

ITALY-10287NF

Italy

SOUTH_AFRICA-10025

Cape Town, South Africa

NEPAL-10060

Kali Gandaki, Nepal

00131_04; Tibet; 2000; TIBET-10976

India

 E X H I B I T I O N S

CHRIS BEETLES FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHS
3-5 Swallow Street
London W1B 4DE
September 7 – 24, 2011

PETER FETTERMAN GALLERY
2525 Michigan Ave #A1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
September 10 – December 1, 2011
OPEN SHUTTER GALLERY
735 Main Avenue
Durango, CO
September 9 – December 14, 2011
LAURA RATHE FINE ART
September 17 – October 15
Houston, TX
MACRO
Museum of Contemporary Art
Rome, Italy
December 1, 2011 – April 29, 2012

In Remembrance

Posted in Uncategorized on September 8, 2011 by stevemccurry

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The Official Opening of the World Trade Center was  in 1973.  It was destroyed in on September 11, 2001.

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Total number killed in attacks: 2,819

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Number of firefighters and paramedics killed: 343

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Number of NYPD officers: 23

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Number of Port Authority police officers: 37

USA-10024

Number of nations whose citizens were killed in attacks: 115

USA-10013

Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks: 1,609

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Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051

USA-10532

Tons of debris removed from site: 1,506,124

USA-10536

Days fires continued to burn after the attack: 99

USA-10542

Estimated number of New Yorkers suffering from post-traumatic-stress disorder as a result of 9/11: 422,000

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USA-10538

 

 

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USA-10014

Distance, in miles, from which the burning towers were visible: 20

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It was a 102-minutes  between the moment Flight 11 hit the first Twin Tower on the morning of September 11, 2001, and the moment the second tower collapsed.

 

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Bloodplanes break the silence of clouds–strangely
Lonesome–as we, the living, pierce ourselves with the
Hooks of memory, digging without rest, digging night
& day, throwing ourselves into the holes of grief in
Search of ourselves changed forever–looking up,
Seeing nothing, in disbelief looking up again.

©2001, Jim Cohn

http://blog.leica-camera.com/interviews/steve-mccurry-in-the-middle-of-extremes/

Between Earth and Sky

Posted in Uncategorized on September 1, 2011 by stevemccurry

TIBET-10198ns

Kandze, Tibet

Short is the little time which remains to thee of life.
Live as on a mountain.
– Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

TIBET-10745

Tibet

INDIA-10577

Lamayuru, India

Mountains are for winds,
That shake not, though they blow perpetually.
- William Shakespeare

PAKISTAN-10048

Pakistan

TIBET-10717

Yamdrok Tso Lake, Tibet

Come live with me, and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove,
That valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountains yields.
- Christopher Marlowe, 1564 – 1593

INDIA-11486

Tibet

A path is a prior interpretation of the
best way to traverse a landscape.
— Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

BURMA-10112NF

Mt. Popa, Burma/Myanmar

 

NEPAL-10052; Nepal; Boeing; Backpacker; 2001. MCS2001007K009

Nepal

 

My father considered a walk among the mountains
as the equivalent of church going.
– Aldous Huxley

YUGOSLAVIA-10060

Slovenia

AFGHN-10064NF

Road to Sarobi, Afghanistan

 

Horses make a landscape look beautiful.
-  Alice Walker

AFGHN-10203

Band-e-Amir, Afghanistan

 

YEMEN-10055

At Tawilah, Yemen

We are the children of our landscape; it dictates behavior and even thought in the measure to which we are responsive to it.
 – Lawrence Durrell 

INDIA-11172

Ladakh, India

TIBET-10942

Tibet

PERU-10021

Peru

KASHMIR-10074

Kashmir

 

A fine landscape is like a piece of music;
it must be taken at the right tempo.
- Paul Scott Mowrer

INDIA-10754-(1)

Agra, India

 

… All landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper.
‘I am watching you — are you watching yourself in me?’
To tune in, without reverence, idly — but with real inward attention…
You can extract the essence of a place once you know how.
If you just get as still as a needle, you’ll be there.
- Lawrence Durrell, Spirit of Place: Letters and Essays on Travel
Thank you to Leica for the Hall of Fame Award
http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-blog/2011/09/steve-mccurry-wins-leica-award/

U P C O M I N G   E X H I B I T I O N S

CHRIS BEETLES FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHS
3-5 Swallow Street
London W1B 4DE
September 7 – 24, 2011

PETER FETTERMAN GALLERY
2525 Michigan Ave #A1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
September 10 – December 1, 2011
 
OPEN SHUTTER GALLERY
735 Main Avenue
Durango, CO
September 9 – October 21, 2011
  
MACRO
Museum of Contemporary Art
Rome, Italy
December 1, 2011 – May 1, 2012
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