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The Greatest Good

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Niger

Music
The greatest good that mortals know
and all of heaven we have below.
– Joseph Addison

Yemen

Rocca Paolina, Perugia, Umbria, Italy 

PAKISTAN-10154

Chitral, Pakistan

Karabash-i Veli,  Bursa, Turkey

Street Musician, Dublin, Ireland 

 Honduras


La Habana Vieja, Cuba

Music is the shorthand of emotion.
- Leo Tolstoy

A family plays music on the street hoping for a few rupees, India

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
- Berthold Auerbach

Angkor Wat temple complex, Cambodia

Two musicians practice for the Jazz Festival, Perugia, Italy

Music’s the medicine of the mind. 
- John A. Logan

 France

Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.
– Leonard Bernstein

 Kashmir

Herbie Hancock, Italy
Winner of 14 Grammy Awards, Hancock is a musical icon.

 Kalash Girl, Chitral District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan

 When words leave off, music begins.
- Heinrich Heine

Khan Murjan restaurant in a 14th century building which
served as an inn for travellers and traders.  Baghdad, Iraq

Whiskey a Go Go, a fixture on the Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, California, United States

Pianist waits to perform in a supper club, Shanghai, China

Alto Churumazu, Peru

 Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.
- Alphonse de Lamartine

Marrakesh, Morocco

Traditional performers,  Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.

- Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you,
music itself is not going to let you down.

- Virgil Thomson, Composer, Winner of the Pulitzer Price, 1949

Karabash-i Veli,  Bursa, Turkey

Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!
- J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Seal  greets Steve McCurry at concert, PhotoKina,Cologne, Germany
Courtesy of Matthias Krug,  September 17, 2012

CURRENT AND FUTURE EXHIBITIONS

Oeksnehallen, Copenhagen, Denmark – Ongoing
Gallery N, Seoul Arts Centre, Seoul, South Korea – Opening on September 12th, 2012
Leica Photokina, Hall 1, Cologne, Germany – September 18, 2012
Centro Municipal de Arte Helio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – October 6th, 2012
Plazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy – October 17, 2012
Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles – November 15, 2012
Chris Beetles Gallery, London, U.K. – January 15, 2013
Kunstmuseum-Wolfsburg, Germany – January 19, 2013
Cavalier Gallery, Greenwich, CT – April 12 – May 6, 2013
Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland – June 1, 2013

Know Who You Are

Posted in Uncategorized on September 10, 2012 by stevemccurry

Know, first, who you are …. and then adorn yourself accordingly.
– Epictetus

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

India

The more people explore the world, the more they realize
in every country there’s a different aesthetic.
Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.
- Helena Christensen

Native American Woman, Palm Springs, California


If you were to gather all the clothes you have ever owned in your life,
you would have your autobiography.

-  Linda Grant, The Thoughtful Dresser

Iraq 

Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma.
- John Fairchild

Thailand

United States

The employment of body marks to denote class, totems, and
families illustrates stages in the evolution of group consciousness and a
sense of corporate existance.
- W. D. Hambly, The History of Tattooing, 1925

United States

Thailand

Bride on her wedding day, India

Up, up, fair bride, and call
Thy stars from out their several boxes, take
Thy rubies, pearls, and diamonds forth, and make
Thyself a constellation of them all.
- John Donne

Angkor Wat temple complex, Cambodia

Niger

Ethiopia

Philippines

Cuba

A Surma woman in the Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Kalash Woman in Pakistan

Burma

Thanaka cream, ground from tree bark,  has been used by Burmese women to
decorate their faces for thousands of years.

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

An actor with painted face in costume for the “Lulu” show , during the Spoleto Art Festival, Spoleto, Italy

Tibet


…Keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye,

adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits.
- William Hazlitt

 Beqaa Valley, Lebanon

Burma

Young Wodaabe Man, Niger
Niger’s Wodaabe men decorate their faces and dance for hours to impress female judges.

United States


Baluchistan, Pakistan

Tibet

No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face.
-  John Donne, on the beauty of old age

Kashmir

It is common for men in Kashmir to use henna dye on their hair or beards.
They also wear clothes of vivid colors. A subtle mix of colorful fabrics surrounds the man’s
eyes,
while his beard, like a flame, flickers from his chin.

 Saddhu, India

We adorn ourselves to stand out,  fit in, to establish our identity and status,
communicate our roles,
and to find our place in the world. 

EXHIBITIONS

Oeksnehallen, Copenhagen, Denmark – Ongoing
Gallery N, Seoul Arts Centre, Seoul, South Korea – Opening on September 12th, 2012
Leica Photokina, Hall 1, Cologne, Germany – September 18, 2012
Centro Municipal de Arte Helio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – October 6th, 2012
Plazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy – October 17, 2012
Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles – November 15, 2012
Chris Beetles Gallery, London, U.K. – January 15, 2013
Kunstmuseum-Wolfsburg, Germany – January 19, 2013

Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland – June 1, 2013


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Wall to Wall

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 4, 2012 by stevemccurry

India

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Home is any four walls that enclose the right person.
- Helen Rowland

Karelia, Russia

Vietnam


Walls e
nclose us, exclude us
Keep us in, keep us out
Listen
Watch
Give testimony, bear witness
I was here.


Cambodia

My dark hands!
Break through the wall!
Find my dream!
Help me to shatter this darkness,
To smash this night,
To break this shadow
Into a thousand lights of sun,
Into a thousand whirling dreams
Of sun!
- Langston Hughes

Celebration at the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany

“There are four kinds of people in the world…
Those who build walls.
Those who protect walls.
Those who breach walls.
And those who tear down walls.
Much of life is discovering who you are.
― P.S. Baber, Cassie Draws the Universe

Afghanistan
“OK” indicates that landmines have been cleared

Kamdesh, Afghanistan

One of the most ancient forms of folk art is the handprint, a decorative mark that
I have photographed on walls in many parts of the world. In this house the
wood-panelled walls are covered with a series of roughly applied impressions of family members’ handprints.

Yemen


Walls are the publishers of the poor.
- Eduardo Galeano

Afghanistan

The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls, and tenement halls …
- Paul Simon

India

Nepal

New York, USA

New York, USA

Every wall is a door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

China

Chiang Mai, Thailand

…Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn’t
love a wall …
- Robert Frost

Duomo di Orvieto, Italy

Tibet

A world without walls is the only sustainable world. . . .
If the world is dominated by people who believe that their races,
their religions, their ethnic differences are the most important factors,
then a huge number of people will perish in this century.
- President Bill Clinton

Steve McCurry at the Great Wall of China near Beijing, China


UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

Oeksnehallen, Copenhagen, Denmark – Ongoing

Gallery N, Seoul Arts Centre, Seoul, South Korea – Opening on September 12th, 2012

Leica Photokina, Hall 1, Cologne, Germany – September 18, 2012

Centro Municipal de Arte Helio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – October 6th, 2012

Plazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy – October 17, 2012

 Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles – November 15, 2012

 Kunstmuseum-Wolfsburg, Germany – January 19, 2013

 Chris Beetles Gallery, London, U.K. – January 2013

 Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland – June 1, 2013

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