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POWER OF PLACE

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2014 by stevemccurry

Geography holds billions of people in its grip.
We are all born into natural and cultural environments
that shape what we become, individually and collectively.
- Harm de Blij, The Power of Place:
Geography, Destiny, and Globalization’s Rough Landscape

INDIA-12211Rajasthan, India

 From our “mother tongue” to our father’s faith, 
from medical risks to natural hazards,
where we start our journey has much to do with our future.
op cit

ITALY-10481Camino, Italy

00214_ 006Mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

Where you live determines how you live.

USA-10872Georgia, United States

In literature, setting (where and when the story takes place)
is determanitive of conflict and plot.

USA-10654New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

KUWAIT-10037Kuwait

AFGHN-12344NFKabul, Afghanistan

CAMBODIA-10270Dith Pran, journalist and survivor of the genocide in Cambodia, coined the term “Killing Fields”

FRANCE-10019, Père Lachaise Cemetery, France, Political, 08/1988Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France
Resting place of Frederic Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, and hundreds more.

YEMEN-10048, Safan, Yemen, 1999.Yemen

Street scene, Calcutta, India, 1996Kolkata, India

HONDURAS-10006NF3 (1)Honduras

Place is a powerful arbitrator. 
- Ibid

RUSSIA-10069NFKarelia, Russia

 Where you are born–what you are born into,
the place, the history of the place, how that history mates with your own, 
stamps who you are, whatever the pundits of globalisation have to say.
 – Jeanette Winterson

JAPAN-10026Tokyo, Japan

MALI-10033Mali

BURMA-10276, Myanmar, Burma, 02/2011Burma

USA-10910Elberton, Georgia, United States

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

USA-10915United States

LEBANON-10086Lebanon

ETHIOPIA-10231Ethiopia

AFGHN-10037NFHerat, Afghanistan

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Dith Pran – Out of the Killing Fields

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2009 by stevemccurry

dith pran and camera

I went to Cambodia in 1986, on an assignment given to me by Kathy Ryan of the New York Times Sunday magazine to photograph Dith Pran and Haing Ngor.

My assignment coincided with Diane Sawyer who was doing an ABC news piece on Dith Pran and Haing Ngor returning to Cambodia after filming the movie “The Kiling Fields.” It was the first time Pran had returned to his country, and it was still a bit dangerous because there were still Khmer Rouge in the countryside.

Pran grew up near Angkor Wat and as a young man had been a tour guide, when he met Sidney Schanberg, the New York Times reporter, whom he worked for as a translator and fixer.

Schanberg was eventually forced to leave the country, but while he won a Pulitzer for his coverage, Pran became a virtual slave of the Khmer Rouge in a death camp. Dith Pran watched the country descend into the hell known as the killing fields, but was able to survive from 1975 until 1979 during the time when a third of the population was killed. Pran later said, “Only the silent survived.”

Eventually Schanberg found Pran in a refugee camp and brought him back to New York and helped him to immigrate to the United States where Pran became a photographer for the New York Times.

Pran and I became friends after our time in Cambodia so after he retired from the New York Times, we returned to Siem Reap. It was moving to be with him as he returned to his country and revisited his family. While there, we visited nearby Angkor Wat. I was so struck at the magnificence of this temple complex, I planned to come back and photograph it as soon as I had the opportunity. Years later, I went back and photographed Angkor Wat on assignment for National Geographic.

Haing Ngor, who played Pran in the movie, “The Killing Fields,” won an Oscar for his role. Tragically, Ngor who was a doctor in real life, was murdered in Los Angeles during a robbery.

Pran and old friend

Pran and pictures on wall

Dith and Haing

Pran and Schanberg

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