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Sentinels and Sanctuaries

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CAMBODIA-10290Angkor Wat Temple Complex, Cambodia

Trees are Sentinels
Guarding, Nurturing, Protecting
Bastions of Dignity

Breathing life
Providing shelter
Asking for nothing
Sacrificing everything
– K. Earle

_SM11420, Chiang-Mai, Thailand, 2011, THAILAND-10087Chiang Mai, Thailand

INDIA-10710Darjeeling, India

Trees are sanctuaries.
Whoever knows how to speak to them,
whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.
They do not preach learning and precepts,
they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.
– Hermann Hesse, Wandering

CAMBODIA-10032 (1)Caretaker at Ta Prohm temple, Angkor, Cambodia

For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers.
Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. 
- H. Hesse, ibid

FRANCE-10126Paris, France

If you would know strength and patience,
welcome the company of trees.  
- Hal Borland

ETHIOPIA-10048NFEthiopia

ITALY-10486, Camino, Italy, 2004. A woman hikes through a forest.Italy

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a
claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something,
that quality of air that emanation from old trees,
that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
-  Robert Louis Stevenson

KASHMIR-10055Kashmir

I hear the wind among the trees
Playing the celestial symphonies;
I see the branches downward bent,
Like keys of some great instrument.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

CAMBODIA-10211Cambodia


ETHIOPIA-10143Ethiopia

I never saw a discontented tree.
They grip the ground as though they liked it, and
though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.
They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind,
going and coming like ourselves,
traveling with us around the
sun two million miles a day,
and through space heaven knows how
fast and far!
-  John Muir

MOROCCO-10072Morocco

THAILAND-10008NFAyutthaya, Thailand

AFRICA-10237The Sahel, Africa

Planting trees early in spring,
we make a place for birds to sing in time to come.
How do we know? They are singing here now.
There is no other guarantee that singing will ever be.
- Wendell Berry

00547_09. Monsoons, Nepal, 1983, 08/1983. A young boy works on a mountainside.Nepal

No wonder the hills and groves were God’s first temples…
- John Muir

ITALY-10020Italy

INDIA-10855Agra, India

KOREA-10010South Korea

Trees, proud standing people
stretching fingertips to the sky, reaching, praying
glorious attention, breathing light.
strength
shelter
timeless confidence
bending and firm
comforting …
-  Wallace Stevens  

THAILAND-10034Thailand


Current Gallery Exhibitions

Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica, California
Cavalier Gallery, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Fifty One Fine Art Photography in Antwerp, Belgium

 Current Museum Exhibitions
 Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Germany
Santa Maria della Scala Siena, Italy

Unpublished, Unseen VI

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2011 by stevemccurry

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Istanbul, Turkey

 Over the past thirty years, I have taken nearly a million pictures. 
Many of them have been published in my books, in magazines, and
seen in my exhibitions,
but a majority have never been seen.
Here are a few of those unseen pictures.

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Baluchistan, Pakistan

ITALY-10132NF11

Sicily, Italy

TIBET-10936

Tibet

 

YEMEN-10167

Yemen

TIBET-10946

Lhasa, Tibet

PAKISTAN-10017

Afghanistan 

INDIA-11398

Gujarat, India

INDIA-10878

Mizoram, India

JAPAN-10005NF3

Japan

CUBA-10028

Havana, Cuba

CUBA-10027

Havana, Cuba

THAILAND-10070

Bangkok, Thailand

THAILAND-10076

Chang Mai, Thailand

ITALY-10287NF

Italy

SOUTH_AFRICA-10025

Cape Town, South Africa

NEPAL-10060

Kali Gandaki, Nepal

00131_04; Tibet; 2000; TIBET-10976

India

 E X H I B I T I O N S

CHRIS BEETLES FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHS
3-5 Swallow Street
London W1B 4DE
September 7 – 24, 2011

PETER FETTERMAN GALLERY
2525 Michigan Ave #A1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
September 10 – December 1, 2011
OPEN SHUTTER GALLERY
735 Main Avenue
Durango, CO
September 9 – December 14, 2011
LAURA RATHE FINE ART
September 17 – October 15
Houston, TX
MACRO
Museum of Contemporary Art
Rome, Italy
December 1, 2011 – April 29, 2012

Unpublished, Unseen 4

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2011 by stevemccurry
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Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2011

Over the past thirty years, I have taken nearly a million pictures.   Many of them have been published in my books, in magazines, and seen in my exhibitions, but a majority have never been seen.  Here are a few of those unseen pictures.

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Myanmar/Burma, 2011

  

_SM12394, Burma/Myanmar, 02/2011, BURMA-10273

Burma, 2011

THAILAND-10062

Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2011

JAPAN-10029

Tokyo, Japan, 2008

 

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Day of Ashura, Afghanistan

 

FRANCE-10126

France, 1989

SPAIN-10004

Madrid, 1995

 

INDIA-11036NF2

Rajasthan, India, 2010

  

BURMA-10280

Myanmar/Burma, 2011

BURMA-10301

Myanmar/Burma

 

INDIA-11051

Mumbai/Bombay, 2011

INDIA-10979NF

India

 

THAILAND-10087

Chiang Mai, Thailand

_SM14180, Myanmar, Burma, 02/2011, BURMA-10314

Myanmar/Burma

INDIA-11262

India

Over the years I’ve come to see  that all of us are basically the same.  There are many more similarities that bind us than differences that separate us.

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Yangon, Myanmar/Burma

 

Fusion: The Synergy of Images and Words Part III

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by stevemccurry
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Herat, Afghanistan

 

For hundreds of years artists have tried to portray the relationship of a reader and his/her book.  We are familiar with words describing images, but not so familiar with images describing words and the impact that reading has on our lives.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

TIBET-10499

Kham, Tibet

 

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Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma

 

“Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind; it forces you to stretch your own.”  – Charles Scribner

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Old Delhi, India

 

Everywhere I go in the world, I see young and old, rich and poor, reading books. Whether readers are engaged in the sacred or the secular, they are, for a time, transported to  another world.

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Varanasi, India

 

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Kham, Tibet

 

The world’s largest book fair will be held in Frankfurt starting on October 6. Publishers, booksellers, agents, film producers,  authors, and journalists from all over the world will attend.  It is a privilege that my series of reading pictures will be projected during the opening press conference and featured in the daily publication, Publishing Perspectives.

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Saõ Paolo, Brazil


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Angkor Thom, Angkor, Cambodia

 

Susan Sontag said, ”The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality…” The same can be said for reading books.

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Bamiyan, Afghanistan

 

BURMA-10183

Yangon, Burma

 

JAPAN-10138

Tokyo, Japan

 

CHINA-10057

Shanghai, China

“We read to know we’re not alone.”   – C.S. Lewis

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Yemen

 

Nature’s Great Masterpiece

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2010 by stevemccurry

The relationship between elephants and people goes back millennia. Elephants have been an integral part of history, religion, art,  and culture in many parts of Asia.

THAILAND-10034

Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

“Th’ unwieldy elephant, To make them mirth, us’d all his might, and wreathed. His lithe proboscis.”
-John Milton, Paradise Lost

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

INDIA-10778

Kerala, India

 

Elephants have been important in both Hinduism and Buddhism. Ganesh, the Hindu elephant God, is worshipped as the lord of success, education,  knowledge, wisdom and wealth.

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Mumbai, India

 

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Angkor Thom, Cambodia

 

John Kistler’s book, War Elephants,  pointed out that for over a thousand years, generals used elephants as tanks, bulldozers, and cargo trucks long before such vehicles existed. Elephants built roads, swung swords, and terrified opposing forces.

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Burma/Myanmar

 

BURMA-10221NF, Myanmar (Burma), 07/1994

Burma/Myanmar

 

00163_01.Sri Lanka, 1995

Sri Lanka

 

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Sri Lanka

 

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Sri Lanka

 

Aristotle called the elephant  “the beast which passeth all others in wit and mind.”

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India

 

“Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant – the only harmless great thing.”

-John Donne (English poet, 1572-1631)

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Calcutta, India

 

INDIA-10923

Varanasi, India

 

Unpublished, Unseen 2010

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2010 by stevemccurry
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Varanasi, India, 2010

 

Over the past thirty years, I have taken nearly a million pictures.   Many of them have been published in my books, in magazines, and seen in my exhibitions, but a majority have never been seen.  Here are a few of those unseen pictures that I have taken in the past few months.

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India, 2010

 

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Mandalay, Burma 2010

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Burma 2010

Shwedagon, Pagoda, Burma, Myanmar, Rangoon, Yangon, February, 2010.

Mandalay, Burma, February, 2010

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Burma, 2010

 

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Burma, 2010

Steve McCurry Hasselblad

Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2010

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Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2010

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