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Outsiders

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2012 by stevemccurry

Refugee Camp, Peshawar, Pakistan


While every refugee’s story is different and their anguish personal,
they all share a common thread of uncommon courage:
the courage not only to survive,
but to persevere and rebuild their shattered lives.
- Antonio Guterres

Afghan refugee, Pakistan

I know how men in exile feed on dreams.
- Aeschylus

Refugee camp, Thailand

Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.
― Carlos Fuentes

Kabul, Afghanistan

Italy

God dances with the outcast.
– Steven James

USA

The majority of Americans, who are comparatively well-off,
have developed an ability to have enclaves of people living in the greatest
misery almost without noticing them.
- Gunnar Myrdal  

France

Gypsy Boy, Marseille, France

Gypsy Family, India

The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Afghanistan

War’s toll is etched on the faces at a shelter for the mentally ill in Kabul.

Prison, Pul-e-Khumri

Afghanistan

Seek Love …
In the darkness of night and the winter’s snow,
In the naked and outcast, seek Love there!
- William Blake


USA

California, USA

In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast.
Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that
without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis.
- Quentin Crisp

USA

Thailand

 Being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.
-  Mother Teresa

USA

 India 

Philippines

The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 Burma

On members of the faithful:
They receive the wretched.  They take strangers into their houses. 
They comfort the sad.  They lend to the needy.  They clothe the naked.
They share their bread with the hungry.  They do not turn their face from the poor.
  This is the kind of brotherhood we teach.
Menno Simons (1496 – 1561) Founder of the Mennonites

Hazara man, Afghanistan

Hazaras have long been seen as outsiders in Afghan society,
routinely subject to discrimination, and set apart by both their features and their Shiite religion,
in a land where the majority practice the Sunni faith.

Hazara girl, Afghanistan

Silhouettes and Shadows

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2012 by stevemccurry

Bodh Gaya, India

 The Sun never knew how wonderful it was
until it fell on the wall of a building.
Louis Kahn, Architect

quoted in forward of In Praise of Shadows,  Junichiro Tanizaki

Mud Mosque, Mali

Look round and round upon this bare bleak plain,
and see even here, upon a winter’s day,
how beautiful the shadows are.

  Alas!  It is the nature of their kind to be so.
The loveliest things in life are but shadows,
and they come and go, and change and fade away…

- Charles Dickens

Cambodia

Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows,
the light and dark which that thing provides.
- Junichiro Tanizaki

Kabul, Afghanistan

We are but dust and shadow.
- Horace

Preah Khan, Cambodia

You can only come to the morning through the shadows.
- J.R. R. Tolkien

Thailand

Burma/Myanmar

Mauritania

Brazil


Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow.
- T. S. Eliot

Italy


Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow.
The shadow is what we think of it.  The tree is the real thing.
- Abraham Lincoln

New York

Kandze, Tibet

Burma/Myanmar

Kabul, Afghanistan

China

Kashmir

Korea

Hindu Kush Mountains, Afghanistan

Ancient Catacombs, Rome, Italy

A shadow on the wall
boughs stirred by the noonday wind
that’s enough earth
and for the eye
enough celestial participation.
- Gottfried Benn
Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann

It Takes Two

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2012 by stevemccurry

 Here are some pictures of couples all over
the world who have a relationship that is
evident in their gestures of caring, their body
language, their eyes.

MAURITANIA-10013

Mauritania

If we are a metaphor of the universe,
the human couple is the metaphor par excellence,
the point of intersection of all forces and the seed of all forms.
The couple is time recaptured, the return to the time before time.
– Octavio Paz, Mexico, Nobel Laureate in Literature

CUBA-10023

Havana, Cuba


BRAZIL-10013NF5

Brazil

A4487718, THAILAND-10041NF, Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, Thailand


ITALY-10067

Venice, Italy

What is essential is invisible to the eye.
 - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

ITALY-10060

Rome, Italy

Grow old along with me.
The best is yet to be, the last of life,
for which the first was made.
Our times are in his hand who saith,
A whole I planned, youth shows but half;
Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!
– Robert Browning

FRANCE-10056

France

 

USA-10394

New York City


AFGHN-13082NF

Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan

Life has taught us that love does not
consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward
together in the same direction.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,
Wind, Sand, and Stars

TIBET-10119

Tagong, Tibet

Take away love and our earth is a tomb.
– Robert Browning

YUGOSLAVIA-10057

Gostivar, Macedonia

 

INDIA-10313

Agra, India

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of. 
- Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670

UGANDA-10002

Uganda

To love someone deeply gives you strength.
Being loved by someone  deeply gives you courage.
- Lao-Tzu

YEMEN-10046

Sanaa, Yemen

 

IRELAND-10010

Dublin, Ireland

 

YUGOSLAVIA-10063

Belgrade, Serbia

One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life.
That word is love.
– Sophocles

ITALY-10085

Rome, Italy

 

TURKEY-10022

Istanbul, Turkey

CAMBODIA-10085

Cambodia

 

ITALY-10268NF

Rome, Italy

The couple is time recaptured, the return to the time before time.
– Octavio Paz, Mexico, Nobel Laureate in Literature

The Firmest Friend

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2011 by stevemccurry

 The poor dog, in life the firmest friend,
The first to welcome, foremost to defend.
- Lord Byron

SOUTH_AFRICA-10014-(1)

Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Dogs are our link to paradise.
They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent.
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be
back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring.

It was peace.
- Milan Kundera

 

IRELAND-10009

Ireland

 

TIBET-10363

Kham, Eastern Tibet

 

INDIA-10852

Varanasi, India

The dog … is the god of frolic.
- Henry Ward Beecher

CAMBODIA-10032

Angkor, Cambodia

INDIA-10205

New Delhi, India

 

AFGHN-12941

Kabul, Afghanistan

With eye upraised his master’s look to scan,
The joy, the solace, and the aid of man:
The rich man’s guardian and the poor man’s friend,
The only creature faithful to the end.
- George Crabbe

INDIA-10221

Porbandar, India


The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be.
- Konrad Lorenz

BURMA-10073

Bagan, Burma

 

ITALY-10089, Rome, Italy, 10/1994,

Rome, Italy


I read the Odyssey because it was the story of a man who
returned home after being absent for more than twenty years
and was recognized only by his dog.

- Guillermo C. Infante

FRANCE-10028, France, 1989

Marseille, France

VIETNAM-10003

Vietnam

INDIA-10727

India

 

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have
known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.
- James Thurber

USA-10389NF

Texas, USA

Histories are more full of the examples
of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.
- Alexander Pope

INDIA-10412

India

BHUTAN-10011

Bhutan

INDIA-12064

Jaipur, India

All knowledge, the totality of all questions and answers,
is contained in the dog.
Franz Kafka, Investigations of the Dog

SRILANKA-10031

Near Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

 

ITALY-10045

Rome, Italy


USA-10186

California, USA

The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in
this selfish world, the one that never deserts him,
the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.
- George Graham

PARAGUAY-10012NF

Paraguay

If you think you’re a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around.
-  Cowboy Wisdom

 

Gruffy, our family dog, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

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Passion of Italy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2011 by stevemccurry
ITALY-10049

Rome, Italy 

 

My exhibition in Rome at the Museum of Contemporary Art opened December 3, 2011, and will run through April 29, 2012.   
As part of the exhibition,  I was commissioned to photograph locations all over Italy. 

Here are a few of those pictures:

 

ITALY-10069

Venice, Italy

 There is no more magnificent absurdity than Venice. To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself,
but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.
- Alexander Herzen

ITALY-10085

Rome, Italy

ITALY-10033

Rome, Italy

Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.
- Denis Diderot

ITALY-10132NF11

Sicily, Italy

 

ITALY-10107NF4

Vatican City, Rome, Italy 

 

When you do things from your soul,
you feel a river moving in you, a joy.

― Rumi

ITALY-10146

Sicily, Italy 

ITALY-10087

Rome, Italy

Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.
-  Georg Wilhelm

ITALY-10152

Sicily, Italy

ITALY-10149

Sicily, Italy

ITALY-10090

Rome, Italy

Whether you say Gioia di Vivere in Italian, or Joie de Vivre in French, or other expressions which
attempt to capture a passion for life,   you know the difficulty
of expressing the intangible in words.  I hope these pictures reflect the vibrant joy of life in Italy.

ITALY-10106NF

Rome, Italy

ITALY-10212NF

Rome, Italy

To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.
― Mark Twain

ITALY-10284

Rome, Italy

My mind to me a kingdom is,
Such present joys therein I find,
That it excels all other bliss.
-  Sir Edward Dyer

ITALY-10263

Rome, Italy

ITALY-10104

Rome, Italy

ITALY-10208

Rome, Italy

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
- John Keats

ITALY-10327

Venice, Italy

Nothing in the world that you ever heard of Venice, is equal to the
magnificent and stupendous reality.

- Charles Dickens

ITALY-10286

Selected Media Coverage

http://www.vogue.it/en/people-are-talking-about/art-photo-design/2011/12/steve-mccurry

http://www.video.mediaset.it/video/tg5/tg5_la_lettura/265739/steve-mccurry.html

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http://www.stevemccurry.com

The Colors of Italy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2011 by stevemccurry

My exhibition in Rome at the Museum of Contemporary Art opened December 3, 2011 and will run through April 29, 2012.
As part of the exhibition planning I spent several months photographing locations all over Italy.
Here are a few of those pictures.

ITALY-10074

Venice, Italy 

 
A man who has not been to Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.
 -  Samuel Johnson
ITALY-10077
 
ITALY-10065

You may have the universe if I may have Italy.
-  Giuseppe Verdi 

 

ITALY-10043NF

Rome, Italy

Open my heart and you will see,
Graved inside of it, “Italy.”
-  Robert Browning

_SM17552, Sicily, Italy, 04/2011, ITALY-10147

Sicily, Italy 

ITALY-10095

Gubbio, Italy

For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery—
back, back down the old ways of time. Strange and wonderful chords awake in us, and vibrate again
after many hundreds of years of complete forgetfulness.
- D.H.Lawrence

ITALY-10079, Venice, Italy, 03/2011

Venice, Italy

Report of fashions in proud Italy,
Whose manners still our tardy-apish nation
Limps after in base imitation.
-  William Shakespeare

 

ITALY-10268NF

Rome, Italy

ITALY-10287NF

Perugia, Italy

ITALY-10067

Venice, Italy

ITALY-10012

Camino, Italy

In Italy
by
Derek Walcott
Published in the New Yorker Magazine

Roads shouldered by enclosing walls with narrow
cobbled tracks for streets, those hill towns with their
stamp-sized squares and a sea pinned by the arrow
of a quivering horizon, with names that never wither
for centuries and shadows that are the dial of time. Light
older than wine and a cloud like a tablecloth
spread for lunch under the leaves …
April 21, 2008

ITALY-10018NF

Camino, Italy

ITALY-10125-(1)

Sicily, Italy


 MACRO Testaccio Pelanda
Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4
ROME

December 3, 2011 – April 29, 2012

EXHIBITION WEBSITE: 
http://www.stevemccurryroma.it/allestimento.php?lang=eng

ITALY-10080

Venice, Italy

If there is a gratification which I envy any people in this world it is to your country [Italy] its music.
This is the favorite passion of my soul, and fortune has cast my lot in a country where it is in a state of deplorable barbarism .
- Thomas Jefferson

ITALY-10337

Spoleto, Perugia

Italy is a dream that keeps returning
for the rest of your life.

- Anna Akhmatova

ITALY-10103

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Some Media coverage of the Rome Exhibition:

http://www.vogue.it/en/people-are-talking-about/art-photo-design/2011/12/steve-mccurry

http://www.video.mediaset.it/video/tg5/tg5_la_lettura/265739/steve-mccurry.html

More Fun and Games

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

NIGER-10013NF26

Wodaabe Tribe, Niger

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

HONDURAS-10027

La Fortuna, Honduras

CHINA-10114

Shanghai Circus, Shanghai, China 

RUSSIA-10031

Moscow, Russia 

ITALY-10338

Perugia, Italy

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

_SM15545, Havana, Cuba, 2010, CUBA-10020

Havana, Cuba

INDIA-11290

India

INDIA-10621play

Rajasthan, India

INDIA-11331

Lucknow, India

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

00660_14, Beqaa Valley, Lebanon, 2005, LEBANON-10074

Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

TURKEY-10098

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

INDIA-10232

Jodhpur, India

00635_19, PERU-10004NF6, Alto Churumazu, Yanesha People, Peru, 2004

Peru

CAMBODIA-10463

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.

AUSTRALIA-10008

Maningrida, Australia

TIBET-10830

Tibet

INDIA-10624

Young Shepherd during Holi, Rajasthan, India

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

TURKEY-10037NF

Istanbul, Turkey

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

INDIA-11048NF

Mumbai/Bombay, India

 

AFGHN-10111NF

Buzkashi, Kabul, Afghanistan

BURMA-10048

Yangon, Myanmar/Burma

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

BANGLADESH-10034

Bangladesh

 

00253_10, YEMEN-10058NF, Yemen, 1997

Yemen

 

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

BURMA-10278

Burma/Myanmar

INDIA-10851

Varanasi, India

Fun and Games

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2011 by stevemccurry
 
INDIA-10016NF2ns
Tibetan Refugee Settlement, Bylakuppe, India
 
 
 
 
  TIBET-10849
Tibet
 
 
If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed
himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become
unstable without knowing it.
– Herodotus

 

TIBET-10799 Lhasa, Tibet

 

The true object of all human life is play.
Earth is a task garden.
Heaven is a playground.

G . K. Chesterton

 
 
 
 ITALY-10096
Gubbio, Italy
 
 

 

BURMA-10057Burma/Myanmar

 

You can discover more about a person in an
hour of play than in a year of conversation.
– Plato

JAPAN-10027Tokyo, Japan

 

 ITALY-10288NF8Spoleto, Italy

 


INDIA-10395
Mumbai, India

 

 INDIA-10005NF4Rajasthan, India

 

Play is a uniquely adaptive act,
not subordinate to some other adaptive
act, but with a special function of its own
in human experience.
– Johan Huizinga


AFGHN-10195
Pul i Khumri, Afghanistan

AFGHN-12126NF3  Wrestling Match, Kahan, Afghanistan

 

USA-10214 Los Angeles, California

Games lubricate the body and the mind.
-Benjamin Franklin

 

CANADA-10001Nova Scotia, Canada

 

Play is the exultation of the possible.
– Martin Buber

AFGHN-10100Kabul, Afghanistan

 

  BANGLADESH-10010Bangladesh

 

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

INDIA-10490NFMumbai, India

 

CHINA-10038NF3 China

It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use,
from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.
– Thomas Aquinas

  AFGHN-12262Bamiyan, Afghanistan

 

 

BURMA-10206Myanmar/Burma

 

 

INDIA-10836Rajasthan, India

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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

Fusion: The Synergy of Images and Words

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2011 by stevemccurry

BURMA-10032NF5

Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, Rangoon, Myanmar/Burma

 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.

BURMA-10379

Myanmar/Burma

Ever since Gutenberg invented the printing press which enabled
everyone access to books, artists have tried to portray the relationship of readers and books.

BURMA-10120

Myanmar/Burma

Garrett Stewart’s book, The Look of Reading:
Book, Painting, Text, explores the relationship of
reading and art.He points out that a wide array of artists from Rembrandt to  Picasso and Cassatt
and dozens more,over the past 500 years
have painted people reading and the “look of reading” on the subjects’ faces.

CHINA-10056NF

Shanghai, China

ITALY-10263

Rome, Italy

ITALY-10267

Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy

THAILAND-10066

Chiang Mai, Thailand

  We are familiar with words describing images, but not so
familiar with images describing words and the
impact reading has on our lives.

TURKEY-10088

Istanbul, Turkey

Reading a good book is a universal activity,
and people read while they do just about everything else.

AFGHN-12866

Afghan soldier takes cover from bombardment at Kandahar Airport

INDIA-10309NF

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
formerly Victoria Terminus, Mumbai/Bombay, India

INDIA-11377

Ujjian, India

We read to know we are not alone.
- C.S. Lewis

CUBA-10025

Havana, Cuba

FRANCE-10068, Lourdes, 10/1989,

Lourdes, France

USA-10235

Washington Square Park, New York

ITALY-10255NF

Venice, Italy

ITALY-10334

Rome, Italy

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
– Jorge Luis Borges

TURKEY-10078

Istanbul, Turkey

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!
- Emily Dickinson

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