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Coming of Age

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2011 by stevemccurry

 All of living is a process of coming of age, of reconciling
the essence of the inner self with one’s outer being,with the world,
and with
changing expectations for that self in the world.
- Kay E. Vandergrift

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Rome, Italy

The teen and young adult years, when young people are perched precariously on the brink between childhood and
adult responsibilities, are, of course, when the coming of age process is most obvious.

- K.E.V.

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Kabul, Afghanistan

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Tanzania

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Los Angeles, USA

The imagination of a boy is healthy,
and the mature imagination of a man is healthy;
but there is a space of life between,
in which the soul is in a ferment,
the character undecided, the way of life uncertain,
the ambition thick-sighted.

 –  John Keats
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Havana, Cuba

So much of adolescence is an ill-defined dying,
An intolerable waiting,
A longing for another place and time,
Another condition
- Theodore Roethke
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Gubbio, Italy

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Germany

You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
- Abraham Lincoln

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Kabul, Afghanistan

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Budapest, Hungary

 

The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect,
he becomes an adolescent;
the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult;
the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.
- Alden Nolan

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Kabul, Afghanistan

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Dublin, Ireland

We don’t stop playing because we grow old.
We grow old because we stop playing.
– George Bernard Shaw

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Italy

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Flechtingen, Germany

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Zabid, Yemen

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Germany

 

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh — at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

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La Fortuna, Honduras

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Honduras

 

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Zagreb, Croatia

Young dancers are training at a very vulnerable time in their lives, through adolescence, and
while they are trying to work out who they are as people,  never mind as a dancer.
So train the whole person, not just the dancer.
- Deborah Bull

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Tibet

Passage

Young man,

Young woman,
Life turns for you.
This is a magic time,
a mythic passage,
In your becoming
We who welcome you,
None of us is too old
So as to have forgotten
–the mystery of not
knowing,
–the delight of first
discovery,
–the impatience to hurry
what will come next
–the terrible wonderfulness
of the changes…
-Edward Searl

Boy Found After Three-Year Search

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

In 2006 and 2007  I was on assignment for the National Geographic Magazine for a story on the Hazaras of Afghanistan.   I traveled west of Bamiyan City to a small village near the lakes at Band-e-Amir, Afghanistan’s first national park.

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Lake at Band-e-Amir 2002

I was visiting a school when I photographed this boy, Ali Aqa, who wants to grow up and be a lawyer.  When the story was published, many people around the world wanted to help him achieve his dream, but it has taken years to find him.

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Ali Aqa, 2007

His family is poor, his clothes used, but 15-year-old Ali Aqa isn’t deterred: He plans to be a lawyer. Childhood memories include Taliban occupation of his village in Bamiyan. “They burned everything, even my school,” he says. “I pray to God no regime comes like that again.” We have now located him with the help of the UNAMA (United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan) and school officials.  We are in the process of working with local educators to help him prepare to start his college education when he graduates from high school next year.

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Qala-e Sabzi, Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan, 2007.

There is nothing more gratifying than helping people whom I have photographed because most often, it is impossible to locate them again.

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Bamiyan City, Afghanistan 2002

 

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