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Gatherings, Protests, and Celebrations

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2011 by stevemccurry

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts …
- William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”

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Young Monks at Tashi Lhunpr, Xigaze, Tibet

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New York City, USA

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Croatia

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Via Condotti, Rome, Italy

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Mumbai/Bombay, India

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Druze elders, Lebanon

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Debating Monks at Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India

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One of Mumbai’s laughing clubs, India

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Peshawar, Pakistan

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Kashmir

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Shia Mosque, Kabul, Afghanistan

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Rajasthan, India

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Monsoon Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Kumbh Mela Festival, India

It is wonderful, the power of a faith like that, that can make multitudes upon multitudes of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining.
– Mark Twain

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Temporary pontoon bridges across the Ganges River help to facilitate movement of some of the thirty million Hindu devotees who will take part in the Kumbh Mela Festival, Allahabad, India.

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Thrissur Pooram, Kerala, India

Thrissur Pooram is the most extravagent and colorful festival in Kerala.  Attended by tens of thousands of devotees, the festivities include dozens of caparisoned elephants.  These Indian elephants are loved, revered, groomed, and given a prestigious place in the state’s culture.

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Thrissur Pooram, Kerala, India

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Ganesh Chaturthi festival, Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai, India

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Yangon, Burma/Myanmar during the Thingyan Festival

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Jokhang Palace, Lhasa, Tibet

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These young Wadabi men are taking part in the Garawal, an annual marriage ritual performed by the tribe. In this event, dramatic make-up is applied to the faces of the men, who dance and make exaggerated expressions in an attempt to attract new brides.

Greatest Show on Earth

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 12, 2009 by stevemccurry

The Kumbh Mela has been called the world’s largest act of faith and the greatest show on earth.

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Allahabad, 2001

Millions of pilgrims, sadhus and saints, politicians, and tourists arrive on foot, in private jets and helicopters, by taxi, horses, cars, and bikes to the largest gathering on the planet.

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Allahabad, 2001

Pilgrims believe that bathing in the river will cleanse them of their sins.  Many shave their heads, so there are thousands of barbers to help them for a few rupees.

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Allahabad, 2001

While visiting India, Mark Twain remarked that, “Pilgrims plodded for months in heat to get here, worn, poor and hungry, but sustained by unwavering faith.”

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Allahabad, 2001

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Haridwar, India, 1998

I  will be leading an expedition to the Kumbh Mela Festival from March 4 – 16, 2009.  The main attraction of this workshop and expedition is the Kumbh Mela festival.   We will be focusing on the images that participants take every day and I will help participants to put together a Mela portfolio. Over the course of the days in Haridwar we will witness the auspicious bathing day where people will travel from all over India via trains, buses and road to bathe in the Ganges.   This trip is almost sold out.  For information please contact hillary@stevemccurry.com.

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Allahabad, 2001

The Mela will be filled with all sorts of interesting characters: Sadhus, naked Babas who use the sky as their garment, animated beggars, street performers, people from every caste and sub caste of India. Old and young people all attend, and some very old people attend who are hoping to die while they attend the Mela so they can be cremated right there on the Ganges.

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Ujjain, India

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Steve McCurry and Sadhu in Allahabad, 2001

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