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

MEXICO-10001

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

 

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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.

AFRICA-10204, Morocco, September, 2008, Final print_Novartis,

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

LATIN_AMERICA-10055, February, 2009, final print_Novartis

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

96 Responses to “Life in Black and White”

  1. […] I cannot get enough of Steve McCurry. This time it’s Black and White. […]

  2. homepage Says:

    Great post.

  3. Amazing pictures, amazing stories.

  4. A black and white so full of colors… Your pictures are so amazing. look at them is like opening eyes after being blinded.

  5. Dear Mr McCurry…Your post always make me think…This time…There is such a big and painful contrast between two of the images: the first one, the Little newborn in India, almost smiling under the stethoscophe, with so much potential inside his Little body….And then, the next one, the boy from Afganistán, with eyes so dark and sad, with a life and a future prisoner of people that may be he does not even know…Life is hard…

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Non posso che inchinarmi al Maestro.

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  8. Very Nice Photo Superb. Steve McCurry Thank You

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  11. As always, outstanding images with a story and thoughts to match. Makes me want to up my game every time I see Steve’s work.

  12. Again, your beautiful pictures and those wise words deeply touched me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  13. Snap Pictures Says:

    Reblogged this on Snap Picture and commented:
    Inspiration

  14. Such intriguing and captivating photos and captions! . . . I always so enjoy, and look forward to, your posts!

  15. mandayamr Says:

    wonderful imagery

  16. L’ha ribloggato su Ilariae ha commentato:
    (Sempre incredibilmente emozionante…)

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  18. It is indeed gratifying that your camera always focuses on the simplicities and the sufferings of our fellow beings wherever they are and what ever their religion, race or culture is . The quotations accompanying your pictures do touch our hearts. Your sincere efforts will direct the attention of the world to their plight. God shower His blessings upon you

  19. Petra Collins Says:

    Stunning, whether in colour or black and white your photos reflect the soul and essence of life.

  20. I can think of no better weapon against terror than the faces of the honest and innocent that reassure us of the rightness in standing and serving as a humble and equal member of all creation. Thank you for arming me in this peaceful service today, Mr. McCurry. I’ve always enjoyed the vision of humanity you share with us.

  21. Maureen Says:

    I love your blog. I want to copy every picture and every quote. Thank you for adding such beauty to this at times troubled world. Sent from my iPhone

  22. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work.

  23. Excellent work, inspirational work, you embody the quote of George Washington Carver. Thanks for sharing.

  24. tedpartrick Says:

    I always look forward to these blog posts. Then it takes me a week to let them soak in. Thank you so much.

  25. Anonymous Says:

    simply beautiful, thanks so much for remind us how wonderful life can be. you will be bless

  26. Silvio PADULA Says:

    I am enjoying my life, and the “life” in general …THANKS!

  27. Beautiful picture, it captured heart & soul.

  28. Equally amazing nice pictures as always.

  29. Your photos are so fine – I admire your photo work and have deep respect for your great photos – especially the portraits are unique.

  30. Beautiful photos

  31. Reblogged this on Wonder and Beauty and commented:
    At 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

  32. ballan33 Says:

    Steve I enjoy your blog so much I want to add it to my FACEBOOK How ever I see no connection to upload it. Do you choose not to open it up? Yesterday I borrowed one of your Saying on breaths and it was a big hit With everyone at the National Arts Club. I hope we can find a way to have all of my friend enjoy you as I do Regards Bruce Allan

    Sent from Bruce Allan’s iPhone

  33. Once again you’ve compelled us to look and see our brothers and sisters without looking away, whether what we see is comforting and joyful or discomforting and sad. Thank you for asking us to be witnesses! I, too, find B&W compelling because it strips away the luxury of color and presents just line and shadow and light.

  34. Your pictures always speak a thousand words. Incredibly beautiful as is your talent!

  35. Reblogged this on Oxford School of Photography and commented:
    We think of Steve as a colour photographer but like all masters he is more than just what you think of him

  36. sabyasachi sengupta Says:

    life in black and white is so full of colours… you are my magician!

  37. Reblogged this on BOOKNUTCASE and commented:
    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

  38. i like this picture very much. i am press photographer at naidunia hindi newspaper at ujjain( m.p.) india

  39. If you go to West Java in Indonesia… please let me know! :)

  40. wonderfully taken, Mr. Steve…

  41. Anonymous Says:

    you captured the soul…
    wonderfully taken, Mr. Steve…

  42. Anonymous Says:

    you captured the soul….
    wonderfully taken, Mr. Steve…

  43. Danny Oliva Says:

    Impressive as always Steve, Keep up the good work!

  44. Aniruddha Sarnopant. Says:

    All content is superb and touching. Made me to think abt life in different manner.

  45. Excellent images !

  46. Your b&w photos are stunning. I could study them; I don’t travel often or take people pictures. I enjoy b&w photography so very much and you inspire me.

  47. Thank you again Steve for your beautiful work. These photos and words are so poignant, courageous and thought-provoking. Annemaree

  48. Hélène Says:

    wow..très humain, très poétique…très important de savoir que en plus de nous transmettre des photos magnifiques, qui traversent le miroir de l’âme…les commentaires sous les photos sont puissants….
    merci merci

    I am not good enough in english to write so this is why it is in French… ;o)

  49. Always your images are so incredible, with such thought provoking quotes, well done Steve.

  50. I don’t love this one, Steve…
    The magic of your work is color!!
    I’m sorry but this is my opinion :-)

  51. Beautiful photos and some very sad as well – especially the boy who has never held a book in his hands or gone to school, but he carries a weapon and has known only violence. How we can change his world for the better?

  52. Personaly I prefer your photos in colour.
    But of cors this is a very good gallery!

  53. Very human photos,Steve and perfect like usially.You are my favorite photographer

  54. This is wonderful!

  55. Mr McCurry. You are the reason why I travel Asia with my camera. I remember seeing your images for the first time over 20 years ago and since then you have been a constant inspiration to me and you have touched my soul. Thank you.

  56. Superb collection. Do you intentionally shoot a scene in B&W or will you shoot in both and then pick which suits the frame once they’re developed?

  57. Steve…thanks a lot for your art. Always give us a diferent view but please colour you are the master of colour……

  58. Jolene Nelson Says:

    Intense and very moving . Color doesn’t get in the way of the emotions and stories you captured in black and white.
    Thank you, Steve. This collection is my favorite.

  59. Reblogged this on Pearl St. Gallery and commented:
    I want to share Steve McCurry’s beautiful photos.

  60. I could never thank you enough every time you share you post. Thank you.

  61. Simply beautiful. Thank You

  62. Anonymous Says:

    Just beautiful!

  63. Mr McCurry. You are the reason why I travel Asia with my camera. You have been a constant inspiration to me and you have touched my soul. Thank you.

  64. Each image more beautiful than the next. Your work is so inspiring. I marvel at your talent and ability to capture life the way you do. Blessings, Robyn

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  66. You pictires always touch my heart and soul – thank you

  67. Bengt R Kiil Says:

    Very nice work. As a long time lover of Ansel Adams’ work i have always enjoyed B/W photography.

  68. Wonderful photographs .Thank you for this post.
    Ranu

  69. Merveilleux ! maravilhoso. Merci

  70. AMAZING GALLERY OF BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS. The words attached to each photo were well chosen. This selection of photos would make an excellent photography book.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  71. I always said that black and white pics were more beautiful and profound.
    I love and respect your work!

  72. Simpley beauty, no exist word express…

  73. Reblogged this on mikes little test blog und kommentierte:
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  74. awesome!

  75. OK, Now you have stolen my heart. We have to meet.

  76. Amazing potraits! Amazing places and an amazing photographer!

  77. The pictures are B &W but life here has been captured in all its colors and moods- happy, sad, pain, worry, etc.

    Thanks for sharing…

  78. The quotes are so very apt with your beautiful photos. Just as vivid in black and white.

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  80. Incredible serious! There is so much in each photo.. each photo could be a separate post.

  81. Moving… all of them…
    That what photography is all about.

  82. Your work is a constant source of inspiration! Thank you!

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