Archive for December, 2011

Stronger by Weakness II

Posted in Uncategorized on December 30, 2011 by stevemccurry

 Stronger by weakness, wiser men become
As they draw near to their eternal home.
Leaving the old, both worlds at once they view
That stand upon the threshold of the new.
- Edmund Waller

TIBET-10009

Lhasa, Tibet

Every wrinkle is but a notch in the
quiet calendar of a well-spent life.

-  Charles Dickens

YUGOSLAVIA-10070

Croatia

FRANCE-10056

France

The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. 
-  Frank Lloyd Wright

TIBET-10069

Tibet

It takes a long time to become young.
-  Pablo Picasso

BURMA-10454

Myanmar/Burma

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
- Garson Kanin

AFGHN-10225

Afghanistan

Old age has its pleasures, which, though different,
are not less than the pleasures of youth.
- W. Somerset Maugham

PARAGUAY-10002

Paraguay

CAMBODIA-10116

Preah Khan, Cambodia

Warning

When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
with a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
and satin candles, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired
and gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
and run my stick along the public railings
and make up for the sobriety of my youth…
- Jenny Joseph

CUBA-10016

Cuba

Those who love deeply never grow old;
they may die of old age, but they die young.
- Dorothy Canfield Fisher

00406_04 TIBET-10666, 06/2001, Tibet

Tibet

The answer to old age is to keep one’s mind busy
and to go on with one’s life as if it were interminable.
I always admired Chekhov for building a new house when he was
dying of tuberculosis.

- Leon Edel

CHINA-10056NF

Shanghai, China

 When we’re young we have faith in what is seen,
but when we’re old we know that what is seen is traced in air and built on water.

– Maxwell Anderson

BRAZIL-10030NF3

Brazil

INDIA-10212

Vrindivan, India

The great secret that all old people share is that you really
haven’t changed in 70 or 80 years. 

Your body changes, but you don’t change at all.
- Doris Lessing

PAKISTAN-10004

Afghan refugee, Pakistan

INDIA-10004NF

Porbandar, Gujarat, India

Old age has a great sense of calm and freedom.
-Plato

YUGOSLAVIA-10057

Macedonia

 

YEMEN-10071

Yemen

A man’s age is something impressive, it sums up his life:
maturity reached slowly and
against many obstacles, illnesses cured, griefs and
despairs overcome, and
unconscious risks taken; maturity formed
through so many desires, hopes, regrets,
forgotten things, loves.
A man’s age represents a fine cargo of experiences and memories. 

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wartime Writings 1939-1944, translated from French by Norah Purcell 

INDIA-10843

Rajasthan, India

 

PAKISTAN-10006NF

Pakistan

Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries
for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who
have used him well;
making them old men and women inexorably
enough, but leaving their
hearts and spirits young and in full vigour.

With such people the grey head is but the impression of the
old fellow’s hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but
a
notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.
-  Charles Dickens

CHINA-10116NF3

Shanghai, China

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The Firmest Friend

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2011 by stevemccurry

 The poor dog, in life the firmest friend,
The first to welcome, foremost to defend.
- Lord Byron

SOUTH_AFRICA-10014-(1)

Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Dogs are our link to paradise.
They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent.
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be
back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring.

It was peace.
- Milan Kundera

 

IRELAND-10009

Ireland

 

TIBET-10363

Kham, Eastern Tibet

 

INDIA-10852

Varanasi, India

The dog … is the god of frolic.
- Henry Ward Beecher

CAMBODIA-10032

Angkor, Cambodia

INDIA-10205

New Delhi, India

 

AFGHN-12941

Kabul, Afghanistan

With eye upraised his master’s look to scan,
The joy, the solace, and the aid of man:
The rich man’s guardian and the poor man’s friend,
The only creature faithful to the end.
- George Crabbe

INDIA-10221

Porbandar, India


The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be.
- Konrad Lorenz

BURMA-10073

Bagan, Burma

 

ITALY-10089, Rome, Italy, 10/1994,

Rome, Italy


I read the Odyssey because it was the story of a man who
returned home after being absent for more than twenty years
and was recognized only by his dog.

- Guillermo C. Infante

FRANCE-10028, France, 1989

Marseille, France

VIETNAM-10003

Vietnam

INDIA-10727

India

 

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have
known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.
- James Thurber

USA-10389NF

Texas, USA

Histories are more full of the examples
of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.
- Alexander Pope

INDIA-10412

India

BHUTAN-10011

Bhutan

INDIA-12064

Jaipur, India

All knowledge, the totality of all questions and answers,
is contained in the dog.
Franz Kafka, Investigations of the Dog

SRILANKA-10031

Near Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

 

ITALY-10045

Rome, Italy


USA-10186

California, USA

The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in
this selfish world, the one that never deserts him,
the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.
- George Graham

PARAGUAY-10012NF

Paraguay

If you think you’re a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around.
-  Cowboy Wisdom

 

Gruffy, our family dog, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

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Passion of Italy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2011 by stevemccurry
ITALY-10049

Rome, Italy 

 

My exhibition in Rome at the Museum of Contemporary Art opened December 3, 2011, and will run through April 29, 2012.   
As part of the exhibition,  I was commissioned to photograph locations all over Italy. 

Here are a few of those pictures:

 

ITALY-10069

Venice, Italy

 There is no more magnificent absurdity than Venice. To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself,
but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.
- Alexander Herzen

ITALY-10085

Rome, Italy

ITALY-10033

Rome, Italy

Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.
- Denis Diderot

ITALY-10132NF11

Sicily, Italy

 

ITALY-10107NF4

Vatican City, Rome, Italy 

 

When you do things from your soul,
you feel a river moving in you, a joy.

― Rumi

ITALY-10146

Sicily, Italy 

ITALY-10087

Rome, Italy

Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.
-  Georg Wilhelm

ITALY-10152

Sicily, Italy

ITALY-10149

Sicily, Italy

ITALY-10090

Rome, Italy

Whether you say Gioia di Vivere in Italian, or Joie de Vivre in French, or other expressions which
attempt to capture a passion for life,   you know the difficulty
of expressing the intangible in words.  I hope these pictures reflect the vibrant joy of life in Italy.

ITALY-10106NF

Rome, Italy

ITALY-10212NF

Rome, Italy

To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.
― Mark Twain

ITALY-10284

Rome, Italy

My mind to me a kingdom is,
Such present joys therein I find,
That it excels all other bliss.
-  Sir Edward Dyer

ITALY-10263

Rome, Italy

ITALY-10104

Rome, Italy

ITALY-10208

Rome, Italy

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
- John Keats

ITALY-10327

Venice, Italy

Nothing in the world that you ever heard of Venice, is equal to the
magnificent and stupendous reality.

- Charles Dickens

ITALY-10286

Selected Media Coverage

http://www.vogue.it/en/people-are-talking-about/art-photo-design/2011/12/steve-mccurry

http://www.video.mediaset.it/video/tg5/tg5_la_lettura/265739/steve-mccurry.html

We invite you to take a look at our new website:

http://www.stevemccurry.com

The Colors of Italy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2011 by stevemccurry

My exhibition in Rome at the Museum of Contemporary Art opened December 3, 2011 and will run through April 29, 2012.
As part of the exhibition planning I spent several months photographing locations all over Italy.
Here are a few of those pictures.

ITALY-10074

Venice, Italy 

 
A man who has not been to Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.
 -  Samuel Johnson
ITALY-10077
 
ITALY-10065

You may have the universe if I may have Italy.
-  Giuseppe Verdi 

 

ITALY-10043NF

Rome, Italy

Open my heart and you will see,
Graved inside of it, “Italy.”
-  Robert Browning

_SM17552, Sicily, Italy, 04/2011, ITALY-10147

Sicily, Italy 

ITALY-10095

Gubbio, Italy

For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery—
back, back down the old ways of time. Strange and wonderful chords awake in us, and vibrate again
after many hundreds of years of complete forgetfulness.
- D.H.Lawrence

ITALY-10079, Venice, Italy, 03/2011

Venice, Italy

Report of fashions in proud Italy,
Whose manners still our tardy-apish nation
Limps after in base imitation.
-  William Shakespeare

 

ITALY-10268NF

Rome, Italy

ITALY-10287NF

Perugia, Italy

ITALY-10067

Venice, Italy

ITALY-10012

Camino, Italy

In Italy
by
Derek Walcott
Published in the New Yorker Magazine

Roads shouldered by enclosing walls with narrow
cobbled tracks for streets, those hill towns with their
stamp-sized squares and a sea pinned by the arrow
of a quivering horizon, with names that never wither
for centuries and shadows that are the dial of time. Light
older than wine and a cloud like a tablecloth
spread for lunch under the leaves …
April 21, 2008

ITALY-10018NF

Camino, Italy

ITALY-10125-(1)

Sicily, Italy


 MACRO Testaccio Pelanda
Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4
ROME

December 3, 2011 – April 29, 2012

EXHIBITION WEBSITE: 
http://www.stevemccurryroma.it/allestimento.php?lang=eng

ITALY-10080

Venice, Italy

If there is a gratification which I envy any people in this world it is to your country [Italy] its music.
This is the favorite passion of my soul, and fortune has cast my lot in a country where it is in a state of deplorable barbarism .
- Thomas Jefferson

ITALY-10337

Spoleto, Perugia

Italy is a dream that keeps returning
for the rest of your life.

- Anna Akhmatova

ITALY-10103

We invite you to look at our new website:  http://www.stevemccurry.com

Some Media coverage of the Rome Exhibition:

http://www.vogue.it/en/people-are-talking-about/art-photo-design/2011/12/steve-mccurry

http://www.video.mediaset.it/video/tg5/tg5_la_lettura/265739/steve-mccurry.html

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