Wall to Wall


Omo Valley, Ethiopia

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

Karelia, Russia


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


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

“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.


Walls are the publishers of the poor.
- Eduardo Galeano


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



New York, USA

New York, USA

Every wall is a door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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


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


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

64 Responses to “Wall to Wall”

  1. Very inspiring blog and all the titles have a great impact in my mind. I’ll recommend your blog to my friend. Thanks, everything is perfect.

  2. adoring yours….

  3. selecting a purple and black colored dress…

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  4. You should consider on making an exhibition in Ecuador. Amazing pictures as always. congrats

  5. lovely snaps sir… :)

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Good Collection ! you’re great.

  7. phien dich…

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  8. yu in kol Says:

    The wall is protectin but otherhand opress.
    Thnks again Steve for your fantastic pctures. Hope to see you soon Seoul…

  9. Encouraging for upcoming photographers..

  10. Thanks for posting amazing photos :)

  11. You can find a door in every wall. If you will go on.

  12. wall, whiling, wailing, whispering,….. all deserve to go on the wall
    conserve water, A PHOTOSTORY – WATER THE LIFELINE – http://sreeniviews.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/water-the-lifeline/

  13. Anonymous Says:

    what a great post!

  14. Soumik Nandy Majumdar Says:

    Excellent !

  15. Basis for many contemplations. Thank you, Steve. How nice to see you!

  16. ronald stone…

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  17. Santanil Ganguly Says:

    Fabulous! Mind blowing!!

  18. Sempre estremamente interesante ed affascinante!
    Grazie per la tua maestria.

  19. Beautiful and very touching.

  20. rajeev jain india Says:

    today is teachers day ,happy teachers day…….. i am a professional photographer and i love people photography your pictures always inspire and motivate me to do some thing new and unique , and guide me.” photography ke great guru ko mera salam” rajeev jain india

  21. Sajid Aboobaker Says:

    Barriers between people. Nice theme portrayed in its best way possible as usual by my hero.

  22. Just Fabulous Steve!!

  23. Resham Sarkar Says:

    Dear Mr. McCurry, the picture taken in Kamdesh, Afghanistan is a true piece of poignant story telling, thoughtful and revolting in a sightful. Thank you for giving this to the world.

  24. your works are always inspiring for me..!!

  25. Thank you. Your choice of quotes often inspire me for good.

  26. One of the best. The handprints on the walls are thought provoking.

  27. Anonymous Says:

    Beautifuly presented and put together,an emotional journey.

  28. Thanks again… marvellous meaningfull pictures

  29. I love all your photos., each one.
    However I do not agree :”Every wall is a door. by Ralph Waldo Emerson”. There are walls which definitely separate..

  30. Dear Mr McCurry…My knowledge of things does not allow me to distinguish if a pic is digital, or film…But I do not think this is the important thing…You can have a Leica, you can use a wonderful digital machine…It is useless if you do not have the eye …And the capacity to share what you see…And the ability and pacience to look for the correct quote to match the image…And this is what you have…And this is what I really enjoy….Thanks a lot…

  31. Connie Jensen Says:

    Thank you Steve, masterful and memorable work, as always.

  32. Isabel Martinez Says:

    Siempre geniales.
    La mirada del arte en la realidad.

  33. I love how you pick a theme and use words in between photographs.

  34. Uvais ravi Says:

    I like the way of photography of mccurry

  35. Stephen B Says:

    Some of these are film as can been seen from the context and year they were taken and some are digital. Either way, a master of his craft.

  36. Hi Steve. Your photos are great as always. But is that a Sony digital camera you’re holding at the Great Wall? I’ve always been under the (unconfirmed) impression that you shot film.

  37. I keep seeing photos from you with hand prints on walls. Do you have enough for a series of them? They are great as always from you. Anyway, I always look forward to seeing these collections.

  38. Dipayan Bhattacharjee Says:

    Excellent series once again Steve… My favorite is the 3rd pic…

  39. isabelle brightman Says:


  40. Mr. McCurry – Every now and then.. something or someone comes up who gives you a new lease of life.. a new perspective on your being.. encourages you to do more.. to want more.. You.. are that fresh leash of life to me.. i am amazed at what you see and how you bring it to us.. Raw n Pure.. I would like to thank you for this endeavor and hope that there are many more to come.. and yeah.. great to finally see u in ur pic :-) Cheers!!

  41. sempre meraviglioso…

  42. so beautiful and emotive, there is extraordinary beauty in the everyday things around us and you capture it every time, thank you :)

  43. Anonymous Says:

    “…And first of all, put down the walls you built around your heart.

    Even if you built them to protect yourself against the pain of loss a loved one,

    they are useless…

    At the end, they are still walls and don´t allow the love to come in again

    Instead be courageous…”

    Eloi Onami

  44. [...] E’ dedicata ai muri nel mondo la splendida serie di immagini, ve ne propongo qualcuna, che Steve McCurry ci propone sul suo blog con questo Wall to Wall. [...]

  45. Fantastic and fascinating!!

  46. Anonymous Says:



    This is another great series of photos.thanks for sharing!I have been to some of these places.

  48. Anonymous Says:

    Marvellous !!!

  49. Madhu Sudan Says:

    Wonderful insight………Steve…!!! What is a Wall……what does it keep out….or for that reason….keep out??? The Good or Bad….or Right or wrong?

    How does it differ from a Window…..? Or a Door for that matter????

    Always…..a delight to look at your images!!!!

    Kind regards!

  50. Barbara Oliver Says:

    Wonderful! You continue to be an inspiration to me!

  51. I just love your photographic blogs…never stop.

  52. andreeachitan Says:

    you are amazing

  53. What a wonderful set. Fantastic shots like always.

  54. captivating thank you so very much.


  55. Good Collection !

  56. Alessandra Says:

    Thank you from Umbria, you’re great.

  57. Ahh! This is a great set, Steve! Stunning photography. Can’t wait for the next post!

  58. Striking, as always.

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