When Words Fail

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2013 by stevemccurry

When words fail, music speaks.
- Hans Christian Andersen

FRANCE-10081, Paris, France, Modern , 12/1989 PORTRAITS_APPFrance

Music is the universal language of mankind.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

_2SM7437, Umbria, Italy, 2012, ITALY-10534. A woman sings on the street.Italy

USA-10757Stevie Wonder performing in Los Angeles

Music is the language of the spirit.
It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.
-Khalil Gibran

IRELAND-10012Ireland

Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities ,
and in time of care and sorrow,
will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.
  – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

01117_04Serbia

YEMEN-10100Yemen

TANZANIA-10036Tanzania

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination,
and life to everything.
- Plato

01030_04Dance class in Los Angeles, California

Music . . . can name the unnameable and
communicate the unknowable.

- Leonard Bernstein

USA-10654New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina

ITALY-10450NF3Italy

I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music.
I see my life in terms of music.

- Albert Einstein

ITALY-10311Italy

Musicians paint their pictures on silence.
- Leopold Stokowski

MOROCCO-10036Morocco

Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.
- Robert Fripp

INDIA-11095India

LATIN_AMERICA-10008Peru

Snake Charmer, Morocco, 03/1988, MOROCCO-10038Morocco

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”
- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

ETHIOPIA-10150Ethiopia

KASHMIR-10093Kashmir

To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.
- Aaron Copland

_SM15545, Havana, Cuba, 2010, CUBA-10020Cuba

COLOMBIA-10011Colombia

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Morning Glory

Posted in Uncategorized on August 13, 2013 by stevemccurry

How sweet the morning air is!
See how that one little cloud floats like a pink feather from some gigantic flamingo.
How small we feel with our petty ambitions and strivings in the
presence of the great elemental forces of nature.
- Arthur Conan Doyle 

INDIA-10838 (2)
Agra, India

I’ll tell you how the sun rose,
A ribbon at a time.

The steeples swam in amethyst,
The news like squirrels ran.
 The hills untied their bonnets,
The bobolinks begun.
Then I said softly to myself,
That must have been the sun …
- Emily Dickinson

KASHMIR-10067 A flower vendor paddles through Dal Lake, Kashmir

PAKISTAN-10032Breakfast tea being passed between cars on the railway in Pakistan

We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness.

INDIA-10204Early morning at the Old Delhi Train Station, India 

There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free.
Don’t miss so many of them. 

-  Jo Walton

AFGHN-10182nsAfghan man makes his early morning rounds

AFGHN-12813nsBamiyan Province, Afghanistan

INDIA-10845Girl cooking morning meal, Uttarakhand, India

TANZANIA-10023Morning coffee in Tanzania

INDIA-10907, Varanasi, India, 2010Varanasi, India

KASHMIR-10100It’s early morning and the men know that it is vital to jostle for the
best spot from which to sell their wares on Dal Lake, Kashmir

BURMA-10147NFProcession of monks walk for their morning alms in Rangoon, Burma

Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. 
Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.
-  Leonora Carrington

ITALY-10468 Italy

Dawn – the marginal minute of the dark when the grove is still mute, save for one prophetic bird
who sings with a clear-voiced conviction that he at least knows the correct time of day,
the rest preserving silence as if equally convinced that he is mistaken.
- Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles

_SM13504, Chiang-Mai, Thailand, 2011Groundskeepers in Chiang-Mai, Thailand

00672_15, Morocco, 03/1988, MOROCCO-10131Man peers into the early morning light in Morocco

YEMEN-10003Sanaa, Yemen

Dawn was breaking over the horizon, shell pink and faintly gold…
-  J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

BURMA-10213NFA cat basks in the warmth of the morning sun, Burma

TURKEY-10120Turkey

INDIA-10908Jodhpur, India

HONDURAS-10022NFHonduras

Young girl in a windowsill, Latin America, 2004Honduras

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It will include many items of ephemera never seen or published.

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Light of Faith

Posted in Uncategorized on July 30, 2013 by stevemccurry

INDIA-10298nsIndia

I have seen many manifestations of faith during my travels over the past three decades.
Some have been spontaneous, some have been part of a liturgy,
some have been prescribed rituals,
Some have been in magnificent buildings, others have been outside under a tree.
Some people’s faith is embedded in the way they live their lives.
- Steve McCurry

PAKISTAN-10079Peshawar, Pakistan

ITALY-10372NFItaly

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.
To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
St. Thomas Aquinas

TANZANIA-10025Tanzania

INDIA-10299India

Just as the body cannot exist without blood, so the
soul needs the matchless and pure strength of faith.
-  Mohandas Gandhi

TIBET-10739Tibet

BURMA-10394NF5Burma

Pray as though everything depended on God.
Work as though everything depended on you.

- Saint Augustine

CAMBODIA-10034NFCambodia 

  Faith is a bird that feels dawn breaking and sings while it is still dark.
    – Rabindranath Tagore

BRAZIL-10030NF3Brazil

USA-10003United States

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
- Helen Keller

INDIA-10302India

What is Faith?
When your good deed pleases you and your evil deed grieves you,
you are a believer.
- Prophet Muhammad

CHINA-10065NF7China

AFGHN-13118Afghanistan

TIBET-10322Tibet

INDIA-10201Amritsar, India

God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities,
great potential strength and ability.
Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.
- Abdul Kalam

USA-10104United States

Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once
accepted in spite of your changing moods.
- C.S. Lewis

BURMA-10004Burma

The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.
- Henry David Thoreau

USA-10169NF2United States

“…there is a God, there always has been. I see him here, in the eyes
of the people in this [hospital] corridor of desperation.
This is the real house of God, this is where those who have lost God will find Him…
there is a God, there has to be, and now I will pray, I will pray that He will forgive that
I have neglected Him all of these years, forgive that I have betrayed, lied, and sinned with
impunity only to turn to Him now in my hour of need.
I pray that He is as merciful, benevolent, and gracious as His book says He is.”
-  Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

AFGHN-13149Afghanistan

If it can be verified, we don’t need faith…
Faith is for that which lies on the other side of reason.
Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and
ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.
- Madeleine L’Engle

JAPAN-10002Japan

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KASHMIR-10056Kashmir

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Eye Witness

Posted in Uncategorized on July 22, 2013 by stevemccurry

Eyes speak a universal language, and no
interpreter is needed

SAM_5899, Rajasthan, India, 2009, INDIA-11532India

Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal.
-Samuel Richardson

AFGHN-10242Kandahar

These eyes tell the stories of children around the world.
They speak of war, deprivation, and loss.

INDIA-11525India

There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.
- G. K. Chesterton

TIBET-10605NFTibet

Eyes are more accurate witnesses than ears.
- Heraclitus of Ephesus, 535 – c. 475 BCE

INDIA-11674India

BRAZIL-10059NFAdriana Lima, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive:
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academes,
That show, contain and nourish all the world.
 William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost

ITALY-10409Actor, Italy

Almost nothing need be said when you have eyes.
 - Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian Poet

PAKISTAN-10029NF3Afghan refugee, Peshawar, Pakistan

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to
look through each other’s eyes for an instant?
- Henry David Thoreau

ETHIOPIA-10082NF2Ethiopia

The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 – 43 BCE

INDIA-11837India

KASHMIR-10057Kashmir

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having 
new eyes.
-Marcel Proust

Dire, Mali, 1986, MALI-10003NF PORTRAITS_bookMali

INDIA-10209Mumbai, India 

KASHMIR-10025Kashmir

INDIA-11034Rabari Woman, India

ITALY-10427NF2Italy

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Family Matters

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2013 by stevemccurry

AFGHN-10124Returning family of refugees in their destroyed home in Herat, Afghanistan

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction,
the cement that binds closer together,
and the music that brings harmony.
- Eva Burrows

YUGOSLAVIA-10076Bosnia and Herzegovina

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

- Jane Howard

TIBET-10567Tibet

HONDURAS-10006NF3 (1)Honduras

AUSTRALIA-10001NFAustralia

HazarasBamiyan, Afghanistan

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
- Will Durant

BURMA-10626Burma

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.  
-  George Santayana

JAPAN-10152Japan

MAURITANIA-10001NFMauritania

The family is link to our past, bridge to our future.
- Alex Haley

LATIN_AMERICA-10011Peru

INDIA-11112NFIndia

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you,
but at the same time
you carry them with you in your heart,
your mind, your stomach, because 

you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.
- Frederick Buechner

BALUCHISTAN-10016Baluchistan, Pakistan

TURKEY-10058Istanbul, Turkey

Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where 
individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, 
communication is open, and rules are flexible - 
the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family. 
- Virginia Satir

FRANCE-10100NFFrance

My father was an amazing man.
The older I got, the smarter he got.

- Mark Twain

YEMEN-10194Yemen

AFGHN-12369Maimana, Afghanistan

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
- John Bowring

PARAGUAY-10016Paraguay

RUSSIA-10092Russia

The history of mankind, the history of salvation, passes by way of the family.
– Pope John Paul II, Letters to Families, 1994

ITALY-10017Italy

INDIA-11744India

I can’t think of anything to write about except families.
They are a metaphor for every other part of society.
- Anna Quindlen

 

When Things Come Alive

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2013 by stevemccurry

Night
when words fade and things come alive.
When the destructive analysis of day is done, and
all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again.
When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

00081_15, New York, New York, USA, USA-10032NFOverlooking Washington Square Park, New York, United States

 

BRAZIL-10049Brazil

I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
- Vincent Van Gogh

USA-10164_newLos Angeles, United States

ITALY-10450NF3Umbria, Italy

And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents
and silently steal away
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

CAMBODIA-10489Cambodia

FIJI-10011NF2Fiji

TIBET-10412Tibet

CHINA-10026_newHong Kong

The man who has seen the rising moon break out of the clouds
at midnight has been present like an archangel at the
creation of light and of the world
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

CHINA-10171Hong Kong

USA-10086New York, United States

INDIA-10237NF3Mumbai, India

Most glorious night!
Thou wert not sent for slumber!
- Lord Byron

01052_ 023India

To me at least was never evening yet
But seemed far beautifuller than its day.
- Robert Browning, The Ring and the Book

INDIA-10605Rambagh Palace Hotel, Jaipur, India

INDIA-10312NF, Taj Mahal, Agra, India, 1996,Agra, India

Day, like a weary pilgrim, had reached the western gate of heaven, and
Evening stooped down to unloose the latchets of his sandal shoon.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

USA-10294Grand Central Terminal, New York, United States

What hath night to do with sleep?
-  John Milton, Paradise Lost

JAPAN-10134Japan

Learn to reverence night and to put away the vulgar fear of it,
for, with the banishment of night from the experience of man,
there vanishes as well a religious emotion,
a poetic mood, which gives depth to the adventure of humanity.
- Henry Beston

INDIA-12125India

BURMA-10624Burma

MALI-10033Mali

ITALY-10018NF5, Camino, Italy, 09/2004 final print_MACROItaly

The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand.
- Frederick L. Knowles

YUGOSLAVIA-10060Slovenia


Some praise the Lord for Light,
The living spark;
I thank God for the Night
The healing dark.
- Robert W. Service

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Life Breath of Half the World

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2013 by stevemccurry

INDIA-10220 India

India’s  monsoon rains have covered the entire country a month ahead of schedule,
brightening the prospects for a
bumper output of summer-sown crops such as rice, oilseeds and
cotton in one of the world’s leading producers.

INDIA-10214-(1)Mumbai, India

INDIA-11087India

During the year I spent following the monsoon in a dozen countries, I learned to see it as a critically important event, 
and not the disaster it had first seemed to my Western eyes.

INDIA-11030Varanasi, India

For half the world’s people, good monsoon s  mean life and prosperity.
Bad monsoons mean famine and death.

INDIA-10301NF2India

Farmers experience the monsoon as an almost religious experience 
as they watch their fields come back
to life after being parched for half the year. 

INDIA-10678-(1)India

BURMA-10564
Burma

For months there is no rain, and then there is too much.
Half the world’s people survive at the whim of the monsoon.

BANGLADESH-10009
Bangladesh 

Rain is grace;
Rain is the sky descending to the earth …
– John Updike

INDIA-11984India

INDIA-10221India

Only He shakes the heavens and from its treasures takes out the winds. 
He joins the waters and the clouds and produces the rain.
He does all those things. 

- Michael Servetus (1511-1553)
Spanish theologian, physician, cartographer

NEPAL-10032
Nepal

INDIA-10926Monsoon skies over Bihar, India

Anticipation
Fizzy, frothy, fickle rain
Resurrection

INDONESIA-10006Indonesia

INDONESIA-10002NF2Indonesia

INDIA-10582NFIndia

BANGLADESH-10007     Bangladesh

Monsoon History

Shirley Geok-lin Lim
The air is wet, soaks
into mattresses, and curls
In apparitions of smoke,
Like fat white slugs furled
Among the timber
Or silver fish tunnelling
The damp linen covers
Of schoolbooks, or walking
Quietly like centipedes,
The air walking everywhere
On its hundred feet
Is filled with the glare
Of tropical water.
Again we are taken over
By clouds and rolling darkness.
Small snails appear
Clashing their timid horns
Among the morning glory
Vines.

INDIA-10377NF3Monsoon Festival, India

BURMA-10003Burma

Monsoons, Australia, River, Arnumlan Untold_bookAustralia

INDIA-10436
India
INDONESIA-10007, Ujung Pandang, Sulawesi, Indonesia, 1983
Indonesia
BIO-10085NF
‘Steve McCurry in monsoon flood, Gujarat, India 

Last Night the Rain Spoke to Me
by Mary Oliver 
Last night
the rain
spoke to me
slowly, saying,
what joy
to come falling
out of the brisk cloud,
to be happy again
in a new way
on the earth!
NEPAL-10075
Katmandu Valley, Nepal
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