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Child’s Play

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2013 by stevemccurry

BURMA-10691Burma

Child’s play is the exultation of the possible.
- Martin Buber

BANGLADESH-10006NF2Bangladesh

CAMBODIA-10049NFCambodia

Children at play are not playing about.
Their games should be seen as their most serious minded activity.
- Michel de Montaigne

EUROPE-10012Croatia

Play is the highest form of research.
- Albert Einstein

ETHIOPIA-10284Ethiopia

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

INDIA-11310, India, 2010, A young girl in India. Retouched_Sonny FabbriIndia

Time is a game played beautifully by children.
- Heraclitus, Fragments

BURMA-10568NFBurma

HONDURAS-10027, La Fortuna, Honduras, 2004,Honduras

Deep meaning lies often in childish play.
- Johann Friedrich von Schiller

USA-10687 United States 

LEBANON-10001Lebanon

No matter how dire the situation, how dangerous the environment,
children need to play.
Whether it is splashing in puddles or climbing on abandoned tanks,
their world of make believe is almost as important as food and shelter.

AFGHN-10239NF_sfAfghanistan

AFGHN-12441Afghanistan

The true object of all human life is play.
- G. K. Chesterton

MALI-10010NF, Sahel Desert, Mali, 1986 final print_milanMali

INDIA-10727Mumbai, India

Whoever wants to understand much must play much.
- Gottfried Benn

BRAZIL-10104Brazil

People tend to forget that play is serious.
- David Hockney

HONDURAS-10010_JM Honduras

GERMANY-10029_JMGermany

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

INDIA-10924_JMIndia

AUSTRALIA-10008, Maningrida, Australia, 1984Australia

ETHIOPIA-10152Ethiopia

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The Universal Language

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2013 by stevemccurry

INDIA-10841 (1) India

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
- William Arthur Ward

TIBET-10535Tibet

AFGHN-12243Afghanistan 

A smile is the universal welcome.
- Max Eastman

BURMA-10454Burma

AFGHN-12232Afghanistan

INDIA-10843India

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
- Washington Irving

INDIA-10004NF  An Indian tailor caught in the monsoon floodwaters in
Porbandar, India

Look back, and smile on perils past.
- Sir Walter Scott

AFGHN-10118NFAfghanistan

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.  
- William Shakespeare, Othello

KASHMIR-10017 (1)Kashmir

00093_08. Mother and Daughter in Afghanistan, 2003, AFGHN-12678NFAfghanistan

CAMBODIA-10115NFCambodia

Every smile makes you a day younger.
- Chinese Proverb

BURMA-10024Burma

Laughter is day, and sobriety is night;
a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.
– Henry Ward Beecher

China, 1984, final book_iconicChina

HONDURAS-10018NFHonduras

EUROPE-10072, Berlin, Germany, 1988, GERMANY-10059Celebration in Berlin, Germany

Peace begins with a smile.
- Mother Teresa

AFGHN-13293, Afghanistan, 1984. A man holds a baby.Afghanistan

VIETNAM-10010NFVietnam

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress,
and grows brave by reflection.
– Thomas Paine

_SM16823, Myanmar, Burma, 02/2011, BURMA-10289NFBurma

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but
sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

AFGHN-12369Afghanistan

Simple Act of Waiting

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2012 by stevemccurry

Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.
-Khaled Hosseini,  A Thousand Splendid Suns 

Tibet

Often the act of waiting is anything but simple.
Many people hate to wait because they are waiting to do something,
get something, or go somewhere.

Tibet

Waiting doesn’t seem like an act, but the lack of action;  however,
the decision to be patient and willing to wait is an act of courage and perseverance.

Crowds at the Kumbh Mela await their turn to bathe in the Ganges.  Allahabad, India

A person who is a master of patience is master of everything else.
- George Savile

Waiting for medical care. Kabul, Afghanistan

A mother waits for news of her missing son.  Afghanistan

Refugees wait in line.  Thailand

Endurance is patience concentrated.
- Thomas Carlyle

Women queue in Yemen

 Patience is the companion of wisdom.
- St. Augustine

A ballerina waits backstage for her cue. Zagreb, Croatia

Shoppers wait for a bus. Dublin, Ireland

The faithful wait for healing. Lourdes, France 

Waiting in line for a church service. Los Angeles, USA 

Waiting for the train.  India

Waiting for a bus. Ahmedabad, India

Waiting for a look through the Berlin Wall.  Germany

Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.
- Virgil

Waiting to perform. Hong Kong, China

People count up the faults of those who keep them waiting.
- French Proverb

Waiting for customers at Amber Fort, Jaipur, India

Dog waits for door to open. Porbandar, India


The Patience of Ordinary Things
by Pat Schneider
… I’ve been thinking about the patience
Of ordinary things, how clothes
Wait respectfully in closets
And soap dries quietly in the dish,
And towels drink the wet
From the skin of the back.
And the lovely repetition of stairs.

Cambodia

All Creatures Great and Small

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2012 by stevemccurry
THAILAND-10033

Thailand

BURMA-10129

Burma/Myanmar

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all
-Cecil Frances, 1848

THAILAND-10034

Thailand

Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant;
the only harmless great thing.
- John Donne
00131_04; Tibet; 2000; TIBET-10976

Tibet

 

INDIA-10762

India


INDIA-10674NF

India

 

BANGLADESH-10008

Bangladesh

Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures;
none show more passionate tenderness to their
young when deprived of them; and, in short,
I am not ashamed to profess a deep
love for these quiet creatures.
-Thomas de Quincey

INDIA-10211

India

Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump;
you may be freeing him from being a camel.
-Gilbert K. Chesterton

INDIA-10580

Rajasthan, India

Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride,
Friendship without envy,
Or beauty without vanity?
Here, where grace is served with muscle
And strength by gentleness confined
He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent.
There is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.
~Ronald Duncan, The Horse

PARAGUAY-10012NF

Paraguay

 

GERMANY-10007

Konigslutter, Germany

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

- Anatole France

TIBET-10105

Tibet

 

AFGHN-10153

Band-e-Amir, Afghanistan

 A horse is worth more than riches.
- Spanish Proverb

YEMEN-10052NF

Yemen

Without a shepherd, sheep are not a flock.
-Russian Proverb

AFGHN-12787

Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan

All goats are mischievous thieves, gate-crashers,
and trespassers. Also they possess individual
character, intelligence, and capacity for affection
which can only be matched by the dog.
David Mackenzie, Farmer in the Western Isles

INDIA-11486

Tibet

 

INDIA-10327

West Bengal, India

 

YUGOSLAVIA-10029

Bosnia

 

INDIA-10624

India

THAILAND-10027NF

Thailand

 

BURMA-10213NF

Burma/Myanmar

As an inspiration to the author,
I do not think the cat can be over-estimated.
He suggests so much grace, power, beauty, motion, mysticism.
I do not wonder that many writers love cats;
I am only surprised that all do not.
- Carl Van Vechten
HONDURAS-10029

Honduras


PERU-10012

Peru

Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.
- James Herriot

ITALY-10012

Italy

A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes.
- Indian Proverb

BURMA-10190

Yangon, Burma/Myanmar

 

CAMBODIA-10096

Cambodia

 

INDIA-10827

India

 

INDIA-10412

India

 

RUSSIA-10004NF

Moscow, Russia

 

COLOMBIA-10008

Colombia

 

AFGHN-12385NF5

Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

 

UZBEKISTAN-10005NF

Russia

 

BURMA-10105

Burma/Myanmar

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be
judged by the way its animals are treated.
- Mahatma Gandhi

Please see the Behind the Scenes video about the Rome Exhibition:

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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

ITALY-10060

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.

AFGHN-12128NF

Kabul, Afghanistan

TANZANIA-10007

Tanzania

USA-10206

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
CUBA-10029

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
ITALY-10169

Gubbio, Italy

GERMANY-10038

Germany

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

AFGHN-10159

Kabul, Afghanistan

YUGOSLAVIA-10124NF

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

AFGHN-13197

Kabul, Afghanistan

IRELAND-10006; Dublin; Ireland; 05/1991

Dublin, Ireland

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

ITALY-10012

Italy

GERMANY-10002

Flechtingen, Germany

YEMEN-10002NF3

Zabid, Yemen

GERMANY-10024

Germany

 

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

HONDURAS-10011NF12

La Fortuna, Honduras

LATIN_AMERICA-10120

Honduras

 

YUGOSLAVIA-10043

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

TIBET-10890

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

Everybody Has a Story

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2011 by stevemccurry

AFGHN-10209

Kabul, Afghanistan

LEBANON-10063

Sidon, Lebanon

Six billion of us walking the planet, six billion smaller worlds
on the bigger one. 

Six billion stories, every one an epic, full of tragedy and triumph,
good and evil, despair and hope.

- Dean Koontz

LEBANON-10071

Baalbek, Lebanon

People are hungry for stories. It’s part of our very being.
Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too.
It goes from one generation to another.
— Studs Terkel

LEBANON-10067, Lebanon, Druze Elders, 03/1982

Druze Elders, Lebanon

All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by.
-Harvey Cox

INDIA-10211

Rajasthan, India

 

Scientists who study the brain tell us that we are
hardwired for storytelling and
understanding the world through stories and metaphors.

FRANCE-10019, PËre Lachaise Cemetery, France, Political, 08/1988

Père Lachaise Cemetery, France

 

KASHMIR-10070NF

Shalimar Bagh, Kashmir

 

If history were taught in the form of stories,
it would never be forgotten

 - Rudyard Kipling

AFGHN-12475

Maimana, Afghanistan

 …Without a story you have not got a nation, or culture, or civilization.
Without a story of your own, you haven’t got a life of your own.
—Laurens Van der Post

IRAQ-10011

Poet Khalil Khoury, Iraq

People did not wait until there was writing before they told stories and sang songs.
— Albert Bates Lord

INDIA-10766

Golden Temple, Amritsar, India

YEMEN-10072

Near Al Hudaydah, Yemen

 

USA-10376

Texas, USA

Their story, yours and mine — it’s what we all carry with us on this trip we take, and
we owe it to each other to respect our stories and learn from them.

— William Carlos Williams

USA-10118

Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, USA

USA-10344NF

Jimmy Swaggart, Louisiana

 

HONDURAS-10006NF3

La Fortuna, Honduras

The universe is made of stories, not atoms.
— Muriel Rukeyser

INDIA-11237

Rajasthan, India

GERMANY-10015NF2

Flechtingen, Germany

USA-10317

Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes Interview, Beverly Hills Hotel, USA

We are lonesome animals.
We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome.

One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say and to feel
‘Yes, that is the way it is, or at least that is the way I feel it.’

You’re not as alone as you thought.
— John Steinbeck

BRAZIL-10014NF8, Lavazza, Brazil, 08/2010

Brazil

 

I will tell you something about stories, (he said)
They aren’t just entertainment.
Don’t be fooled.
They are all we have, you see,
All we have to fight off
illness and death
- Leslie Marmon Silko

YUGOSLAVIA-10024

Pristina, Kosovo

AFGHN-12942

Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

To be a person is to have a story to tell.
—Isak Dinesen

INDIA-10212

Vrindavan, India

Story behind the picture

The woman in the picture has been a widow for seventy years.
Her husband died when she was 14 years old.
Living in a community of widows since that time, she has made a living as one commissioned to pray for others.
After I made her picture, she invited me to join her for tea.
She spends her days in prayer for people who give her a few rupees.
She lives joyfully, and shows no sign of sorrow, self-pity, or resentment.

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Santa Monica, CA 90404
September 10 – December 1, 2011
 
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735 Main Avenue
Durango, CO
September 9 – December 14, 2011
  
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Houston, TX
September 17 – October 15, 2011
 
MACRO
Museum of Contemporary Art
Rome, Italy
December 1, 2011 – April 29, 2012

 

On and Off the Wall

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2011 by stevemccurry

Street Art | Graffiti, Murals, Posters, and Signs

 BURMA-10365NF4Inside a bell at a pilgrimage site, Mingun, Myanmar/Burma

Graffiti has existed since ancient Greece and Rome.  It expresses political and cultural views, and many consider it an art form.

BURMA-10428Myanmar/Burma

 CUBA-10023Havana, Cuba

When there are cultural and political shifts, it is sometimes possible to see the earliest indications  by literally looking at the “writing on the wall.”

CUBA-10017 Havana, Cuba

GERMANY-10055Berlin, Germany

 

 Posters are found in public places all over the world. They are  designed to attract the attention of passers-by and entice them to purchase a particular product or service, make them aware of a political viewpoint, or attend a specific event. If suddenly it were decreed that they all must disappear, it would seem that all color had disappeared from the urban landscape, and the cities would appear a mournful gray.
- Max Gallo

 INDIA-10328NFPoster Studio, Mumbai/Bombay, India

ITALY-10080Venice, Italy 

INDIA-10530Anand, Gujarat, India

INDIA-11029 Dentist’s Clinic, Ujjain, India 

 USA-10167New York, NY

 Throughout the world there have been murals on walls as long as there have been people to scratch them, paint them, etch them, carve them and make them.

USA-10432New York, NY 

 

 

USA-10293Street art on the pavement at Seventh Avenue & Bleecker Street, New York

From the prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux, France, to the ceremonial and celebratory murals of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome,
India, and Mesopotamia, the history of murals is long,  rich and varied.

 

USA-10204NF2Los Angeles, California

  Ancient murals often depicted activities in which the people of the time engaged, from religious ceremonies to
scenes of hunting and gathering for sustenance.

- Kaizaad Kotwal

 AFGHN-13103Mujahid, Kabul, Afghanistan

AFGHN-10255 Kunduz, Afghanistan

 AFGHN-12517Young men admiring Movie Poster, Pul-i-Khumri, Afghanistan 

AFGHN-12524 Poster Vendor, Kabul, Afghanistan 

 Posters are mirrors because they reflect and sometimes distort the culture and the customs of the time.
- Max Gallo

FRANCE-10046Metro Station, Paris, France

Nice piece in PhotoShelter blog:
http://blog.photoshelter.com/2011/07/steve-mccurry-the-iconic-photographs-unboxing.html

Language of Looking

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

Please scroll to the bottom for the unseen portrait of the week. 

 There are many ways to describe the ways that people look at each other and the world.  We peek, stare, glance, gaze, gape, glare, and peer.  We also examine, contemplate, squint, and observe.

 

 INDIA-10216Jodhpur, India

BURMA-10151Yangon, Myanmar/Burma

GERMANY-10061 Berlin, Germany

The question is not what you look at, but what you see. 
 - Henry David Thoreau 

YUGOSLAVIA-10069Croatia

AFGHN-13002Kabul, Afghanistan

AFGHN-13295Afghanistan

AFGHN-12691NFnsKabul, Afghanistan

INDIA-10731Thirumullaivayil, India

One of the most wonderful things in nature is a glance of the eye; it transcends speech; it is the bodily
symbol of identity. 

- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

INDIA-10757Train to Peshawar, Pakistan

BURMA-10394NF5Myanmar/Burma

PARAGUAY-10030Paraguay

TIBET-10303NFBarkhor Quarter, Lhasa, Tibet

It’s the way to educate your eyes.  Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop.  Die knowing something.  You are not here long.
- Walker Evans  

SPAIN-10020Reina Sofia, National Museum of Art, Madrid, Spain

If you look at a thing 999 times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it for the 1000th time,
you are in danger of seeing it for the first time.
-  G. K. Chesterton 

INDIA-11085Jaipur, India

I used to try to figure out precisely what I was seeing all the time, until I discovered I didn’t need to.
If the thing is there, why, there it is.
- Walker Evans

CAMBODIA-10311A man examines photographs of victims of the Khmer Rouge’s S-21 prison camp, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 Unseen Portrait of the WeekPAKISTAN-10011Baluchistan, Pakistan

The Art of Timing

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2010 by stevemccurry

“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing.  There is a time for silence.  A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny, and a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.” – Gloria Naylor

SOUTH_AFRICA-10007-(1) Cape Town,  South Africa

” We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.”
- Samuel Johnson

INDIA-11102Darjeeling, India

MOROCCO-10046Morocco

“True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.”
- George Washington

BURMA-10236Pagan, Burma

YUGOSLAVIA-10051Croatia

GERMANY-10020Germany

KASHMIR-10080Kashmir

“What is a friend?  A single soul dwelling in two bodies.”  - Aristotle

YEMEN-10094Yemen

SOUTH_AFRICA-10005NFCape Town, South Africa

AFGHN-10262Kabul, Afghanistan

YEMEN-10065NFYemen

INDONESIA-10008Indonesia

INDIA-10679NF2Mumbai, India

“Friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.”  - Aristotle

INDIA-10989India

TIBET-10804Tibet

“Hold a true friend with both your hands.”  -  Nigerian Proverb

INDIA-10801India

INDIA-10016NF2nsIndia

Mother and Child

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2010 by stevemccurry
TIBET-10126NF

Woman and child at a Horse Festival in Tagong, Kham, Tibet

 

Artists have been depicting the special bond between mothers and their children for hundreds of years.

NEPAL-10036

Nepal


BURMA-10024NF2

Loikaw, Myanmar/Burma

 

GERMANY-10015NF3

Germany

 

YUGOSLAVIA-10049

Zagreb, Croatia

 

TIBET-10078

Kham, Tibet


Relationships can be difficult to describe, and sometimes an image tells the story better than words. Painters from the Renaissance to the Impressionists to Mary Cassat, Diego Rivero, Van Gogh, and Picasso each depict something special and unique about motherhood. One of the most powerful and unforgettable photos depicting a mother and her children in the history of photography, is Dorothea Lange’s photograph of a destitute mother and her children taken in 1936.

Dorothea Lange said in an interview about the picture, “She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean- to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me.”

YUGOSLAVIA-10075

Montenegro

 

VIETNAM-10046

Vietnam


AFGHN-12678NF-(1)

Afghanistan


“Thou art thy mother’s glass, and she in thee Calls back the lovely April of her prime…”
-William Shakespeare, Sonnet 3

AFGHN-10092NF

Ghazni, Afghanistan

 

INDIA-10214-(1)

Mumbai, India


AFGHN-12094NF2

Kamdesh, Afghanistan

 

AFGHN-10240NF6

Kabul, Afghanistan

 

A woman waits at the gate of presidential palace to inquire about her missing son who had been a soldier in the Afghan Army

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”
- Agatha Christie

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