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More Fun and Games

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2011 by stevemccurry

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Wodaabe Tribe, Niger

Laughter is by definition healthy.
– Doris Lessing,  Nobel Laureate in Literature

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La Fortuna, Honduras

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Shanghai Circus, Shanghai, China 

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Moscow, Russia 

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Perugia, Italy

If music be the food of love, play on.
– William Shakespeare

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Havana, Cuba

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India

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Rajasthan, India

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Lucknow, India

No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called games.
– W. H. Auden

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Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

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Mersin, Turkey 

Could we look into the head of a Chess player,
we should see there a whole world of feelings,
images, ideas, emotion and passion.
– Alfred Binet

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Jodhpur, India

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Peru

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Some people believe football is a matter of
life and death.
I’m very disappointed with that attitude.
I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.
– Bill Shankly, English soccer manager.

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Maningrida, Australia

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Tibet

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Young Shepherd during Holi, Rajasthan, India

We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
– Immanual Kant

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Istanbul, Turkey

Until one has loved an animal,
a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.
– Anatole France

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Mumbai/Bombay, India

 

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Buzkashi, Kabul, Afghanistan

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Yangon, Myanmar/Burma

They say golf is like life, but don’t believe them.
Golf is more complicated than that.
– Gardner Dickinson

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Bangladesh

 

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Yemen

 

You must invent your own games and
teach us old ones how to play.
– Nikki Giovanni

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Burma/Myanmar

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Varanasi, India

Lost in Thought

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by stevemccurry
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Bagan, Burma/Myanmar
 A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought.  There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor. 
- Victor Hugo
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 Angkor Wat, Cambodia

 Never be afraid to sit a while and think. 
- Lorraine Hansberry,  A Raisin in the Sun
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 Varanasi, India
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Afghanistan 
 
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  Cambodia

 Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen;
even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. 
-Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks, 1508
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Canada 
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New York City 
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South Korea 
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Uzbekistan 
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United States
CHINA-10065China
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Honduras
AFGHN-12422Ahmed Shah Massoud, Kabul, Afghanistan
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Bamiyan, Afghanistan
 
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
– Voltaire

CAMBODIA-10298Angor Wat, Cambodia 

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Jammu & Kashmir 
SPAIN-10020NFMuseo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Guernica and the Evolution of Consciousness, Picasso

USA-10292Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
Winnie the Pooh,  A.A. Milne

Family Love: Oil, Cement, Music

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2010 by stevemccurry

“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-10076Macedonia

INDIA-10913Mizoram, India

TIBET-10719Kham, Tibet

“All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
- Leo Tolstoy

PERU-10005NFYanesha, Peru

PERU-10006Yanesha, Peru

“Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future. We make discoveries about ourselves.” -Gail Lumet Buckley

PAKISTAN-10023Northern Pakistan

HONDURAS-10008NFLa Fortuna, Honduras

YUGOSLAVIA-10052 Croatia

THAILAND-10042Thailand

CAMBODIA-10317 Angkor Wat, Cambodia

AFGHN-12776 Bamiyan, Afghanistan

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USA-10283Los Angeles, California

“There’s no vocabulary for love within a family, love that’s lived in but not looked at, love within the light of which all else is seen, the love within which all other love finds speech. This love is silent.” – T. S. Eliot

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“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Solitude – The Power of One

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2010 by stevemccurry
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Barkhor Quarter, Lhasa, Tibet

 

Religious figures from Moses to  Jesus, Mohammed and the Buddha all found great value in solitude.

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Old Kabul, Afghanistan

 

In this wired age of non-stop communication with little time for reflection and contemplation, many find it vital to carve out time in order to have time to be creative, innovative, and  imaginative.

Grand Canyon, Arizona, U.S.

 

Octavio Paz Mexican writer, poet, and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature said  “Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition.”

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

 

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Himalayan India

 

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Howrah Station, Calcutta, India

 

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Brazil

 

“I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers.”

- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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Moscow, Russia

 

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Dal Lake, Vale of Kashmir


“A man can be himself only so long as he is alone;  if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free. ”  –  Arthur Schopenhauer

My pictures on people reading around the world will be featured at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 5.

Unseen, Unpublished Redux

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2010 by stevemccurry

Over the years I have shot close to a million pictures.  Many of them have been published in my books, in magazines, and seen in my exhibitions and on my website. Most have never been seen.  Here are a few of those pictures.

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Cambodia, Angkor Wat, 1999

 

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Tibet, 2008

 

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Tibet, 2001

 

AFRICA-10179NF2, Morocco, 03/1998

Violinist in an outdoor market, Morocco,1988

 

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Morocco, 1988

 

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Nomad, Kham, Tibet, 2004

 

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Jodhpur, India, 1996

 

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Kashmir, 1998

 

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Yemen, 1997

 

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Tibet, 2001

Children at Play

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2009 by stevemccurry
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Tanks become toys in Kandahar, Afghanistan, 1994

No matter how dire the situation, how dangerous the environment, children need to play.

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Children play on an anti-aircraft gun near Beirut, Lebanon, 1982

Whether it is splashing in puddles or climbing on abandoned tanks, their world of make believe is almost as important as food and shelter.

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Boys playing football in flooded pastures, Bangladesh, 1983

“Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.” - Heraclitus

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Children play next to an abandoned freighter, Sitwe, Myanmar (Burma), 1995

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Two children play a game by a road, India, 1993

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Young Cambodian boys play in the ruins of Preah Khan near Angkor Wat, Cambodia, 1999

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Young monks at play, Burma, 1994

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Yemen, 1997

“Child’s play is the exultation of the possible.” – M. Buber

The Path to Buddha

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2009 by stevemccurry

I am often asked about which countries I enjoy photographing the most.  That’s very hard to answer, but I do enjoy going back again and again to Buddhist countries, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Bhutan, Tibet, Sri Lanka, and Burma.

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Buddha statue in Mandalay, Burma, 2008

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Monk at the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, Tibet, 2000

The ethics and the aesthetics of Buddhism are melded in a unique way. The vivid color of robes and sacred places contrast with the monochromatic tradition I grew up with.

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Young monks play with computer games in Sera Monastery in Bylakuppe, India, 2001

Every time I have visited a Buddhist monastery, I have seen a playfulness among the monks, a joy in the way they conduct themselves and the way they interact with each other.

Young nun, Rangoon, BURMA-10013NF2, Burma/Myanmar, 1994

Young nun, Rangoon, Burma, 1994

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Monks in the Rain, Angkor Wat, Cambodia, 1999

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A monk studies Buddhist scripture in the late afternoon at a monastery in Aranyaprathet, Thailand, 1996

As I photographed the picture of the monk and the cat in a monastery in Thailand, it occured to me that all the qualities that I observed – contemplation, serenity, meditation – are ones that are antithetical to the hard-charging, ladder-climbing Western culture.

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Young monks study Buddhist scripture at a monastery in Litang, Kham, Tibet, 1999

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Pilgrim praying at the Buddhist academy of Larung Gar, near Serthar, Kham, Tibet, 2001

The Monks have a way of taking something we could consider mundane, and transform it into something sacred.

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Candles are a form of offering at the Tibetan Prayer Festival, during which thousands are lit under the Bodi tree. Bodh Gaya, India, 2000

Monasteries have always been places of refuge for people and animals who have no other place to go.  Monks will share whatever they have, no matter how small.

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Woman meditates in Bagan monastery, Burma, 2008

Even though they get merits for helping people in need, one never has the impression that they do it for any other reason other than their good nature, dedication, and hospitality.

Quotations from the Buddha:

“Teach this triple truth to all:  A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”

“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.”

“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.”

 

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