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Back to Burma

Posted in Uncategorized on April 24, 2013 by stevemccurry
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Procession of Nuns, Yangon

This is Burma, and it is unlike any land you know about.
Rudyard Kipling, Letters from the East (1898)

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Fisherman on Inle Lake with the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda in the distance

Burma is referred to  as Amarapura, the Land of Immortality, and
Yadanarbon, the Land of the Gems.
Today it is known as Suvanabhomi, the Golden Land.

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Mingun Pagoda

Burma has a uniquely preserved cultured in a unparalled landscape.
Rich in natural resources and virgin landscapes,
the country has unique features which set it apart from the rest of the world.

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Golden rock, Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar

 

Pagan, Burma, 2010

Yangon

 

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Bagan, the ancient capital, where thousands of temples, monasteries, and stupas were built.

 

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Sittwe, Burma

 

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Mandalay

Even the son of the foolish can be a sage ; even the son of a poor man can be rich.
Do not be contemptuous of anyone.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma, 2010, final print_perugia

Yangon

 

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Yangon, Burma

 

Monk reads Buddhist scripture at monastery in Rangoon, Myanmar (Burma), 1985

Monk reads Buddhist scriptures at monastery in Yangon

One who has knowledge is honored by others.
Strive daily to get knowledge.
- Proverb

Rangoon, Burma, 1994. Magnum Photos, NYC62603, MCS1994009 K207.

Yangon train

 

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Inle Lake

 

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Monk walks through a Buddha statue workshop, Mandalay

For the temple-bells are callin’, and it’s there that I would be
By the old Moulmein Pagoda, looking lazy at the sea;
On the road to Mandalay,
Where the old Flotilla lay,
With our sick beneath the awnings when we went to Mandalay!
O the road to Mandalay,
Where the flyin’-fishes play,
An’ the dawn comes up like thunder outer China ‘crost the Bay!
- Rudyard Kipling

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Young Monk in Mandalay

In battle we need a warrior,
in a commotion a counselor,
during meals a loved one,
a wise man in an emergency
- Proverb

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

“Human beings the world over need freedom and security that they may be able to realize their full potential.”

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Yangon

I am not thesis
I am not antithesis
I am dialectic
Just a contradiction
Patched up in palimpsest.
 – Portion of poem by Zeyar Lynn, Burma
Translated by Ko Ko Thett

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Yangon

 

_SM16706, Myanmar, Burma, 02/2011, BURMA-10313 Untold_book

Yangon 

Burma is  the most religious Buddhist country if measured by the
percentage of monks in the population and proportion of income spent on religion.

Life in Black and White

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India

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and
tolerant of the weak and strong.
Someday in your life you will have been all of these.
-  George Washington Carver

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Mexico City

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn,
good and ill together.

- William Shakespeare

AFGHN-13198; Afghanistan; 1980. A young girl holds her sibling.

Afghanistan

The great use of a life is to spend for something that outlasts it.
- William James

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Japan

May you live every day of your life.
- Jonathan Swift

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India

 

00829_01, Afghanistan, 1980, AFGHN-13342

Afghanistan



This boy has never held a book in his hands, has never attended school, and has never known
a life without the threat of violence.

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Morocco

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

00847_15, Afghanistan, 1980, AFGHN-13564

Afghanistan

 

Novartis Group Annual Report 2009, Back Cover, AACD, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brazil

 

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India

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Brazil

Man is born to live, not to prepare for life.
- Boris Pasternak

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India

 

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Afghanistan

I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
- Rabindranath Tagore

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India

The potential possibilities of any child are the most
intriguing and stimulating in all creation.

- Ray L. Wilbur

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South Africa

 

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South Africa

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United States

 

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India

 

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South Africa

 

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South Africa

A the end of your life, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took,
but how many moments took your breath away.
- Shing Xiong

The Life of Things

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Vietnam

While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.
- William Wordsworth,
Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey

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Burma

 

_SM13955, Rome, Italy, 05/23/2011

Italy

 

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Burma

 

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Italy

 

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India

Portraits often seem pregnant with speech, or as if their subjects have just finished saying something,

or will soon speak the thoughts that inform their faces, the thoughts we’re invited to read.
Landscapes are full of presences, visible or unseen; soon nymphs or a stag or a
band of hikers will make themselves heard.

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Nepal

But no word will ever be spoken here, among the flowers and snails,
the solid and dependable apples,
this heap of rumpled books,
this pewter plate on which a few opened oysters lie, giving up their silver.

_DSC9141, India, 2007. INDIA-11923NF. A clay monkey diety in India.

India

These are resolutely still, immutable, poised for a forward movement that will never occur.

The brink upon which still life rests is the brink of time, the edge of something about to happen.
Everything that we know crosses this lip, over and over,
like water over the edge of a fall, as what might happen does,
as any of the endless variations of what might come true does so,
and things fall into being,
tumble through the progression of existing in time.

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Burma

But the still life resides in absolute silence.
― Mark Doty, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy

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Cambodia

 

Laos, 2004, Phaidon, Iconic Images, final book_iconic

Laos

 

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Italy

 

 

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Burma

 

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Burma

 

_2SM2652; India; 04/2012; INDIA-11987. A dog sleeps.retouched_Sam Schubert

India

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Italy

 

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Italy

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Thailand

Still Life
Cool your heels on the rail of an observation car.
Let the engineer open her up for ninety miles an hour.
Take in the prairie right and left, rolling land and new hay crops, swaths of new hay laid in the sun.
A gray village flecks by and the horses hitched in front of the post-office never blink an eye.
A barnyard and fifteen Holstein cows, dabs of white on a black wall map, never blink an eye.
A signalman in a tower, the outpost of Kansas City, keeps his place at a window with the
serenity of a bronze statue on a dark night when lovers pass whispering.
- Carl Sandburg

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Kansas, United States

 

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Burma

 

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Cambodia

 

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India

Still Life
Sublime, serene
Found arrangements
Formal compositions.
Which is which?

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