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Portraits of Resilience

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Resilience
is the ability to overcome adversity,

cope with setbacks, and persevere in the face of  
trauma and deprivation.

INDIA-10004NFIndia

AFGHN-10118NFKandahar, Afghanistan

The greatest glory in living
lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall. 
- Nelson Mandela

AFGHN-10037Herat, Afghanistan

SRILANKA-10024NF5Sri Lanka

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

INDIA-10727NFMumbai, India

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you
till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then,
for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

TIBET-10721NF4Tibet

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not… nothing is more common than unsuccessful people will talent.
Genius will not… unrewarded genius is almost legendary.
Education will not…. the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. 
- Calvin Coolidge

MONTENEGRO-10002Serbia

Serbian Orthodox clergy, like these monks living along Serbia’s Crna River,
have proved a resilient lot. During World War II and its aftermath some
700 were killed, and nearly a quarter of their 4,400 churches and monasteries were destroyed.
With little outside help, the church has made a stubborn comeback.

LEBANON-10001Lebanon

The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.
- Japanese proverb

00529_04, Angkor Wat, 06/1999, CAMBODIA-10359Cambodia

CAMBODIA-10490Dith Pran, survivor of the Cambodian genocide at
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The world breaks everyone, and afterward,
some are strong at the broken places

- Ernest Hemmingway

LEBANON-10086Lebanon

Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight,
feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.
- Victor Hugo

BURMA-10575Burma

If you voluntarily quit in the face of adversity,
you’ll wonder about it for the rest of your life.
- President Bill Clinton

BURMA-10698 (1)Burma
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of Nobel Peace Prize

AFGHN-10154Kabul, Afghanistan

AFGHN-10103Peshawar, Pakistan

00468_ 018Sri Lanka
A man prays for the victims of the tsunami in 2004 which killed more than 250,000 people

…more than education, experience, or training,
an individual’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds & who fails.
Harvard Business Review, 2002

Family Table

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2013 by stevemccurry

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
- Will Durant

ITALY-15021 (1)Perugia, Italy

Researchers have confirmed what parents have known for a long time;
sharing a family meal is good for the spirit,
the brain and the health of all family members.

- Anne Fishel, Ph.D.

01062_ 018, India 50 years after 10/96, INDIA-11301NFIndia

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction,
the cement that binds closer together, and
the music that brings harmony.
– Eva Burrows

VIETNAM-10031Viet Tri City, Vietnam

LATIN_AMERICA-10088Honduras

There is no better classroom
than the family table.
- Kaye Earle

TIBET-10522, 1999, KhamTibet

BURMA-10147NFBurma

Other things may change us,
but we start and end with the family.  

- Anthony Brandt

SRILANKA-10167 Sri Lanka

INDIA-11828NF2_esIndia

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

- Jane Howard

LEBANON-10086Lebanon

INDONESIA-10016 Indonesia during monsoon season

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you,
but at the same time you carry them with you
in your heart, your mind, your stomach,

because you do not just live in a world.
A world lives in you. 

- Frederick Buechner

YUGOSLAVIA-10154_esMacedonia

PAKISTAN-10083_sfPakistan

BURMA-10556Burma

Our family dinner table was like Speakers’ Corner in London.  
We  discussed, debated, argued, declaimed -
all of us at the same time.
- E. Thomson Earl

YUGOSLAVIA-10123_es (1)Hungary

AFGHN-12163NF2Afghanistan

It is not until much later, as the skin sags and the heart weakens,
that children understand;
their stories, and all their accomplishments,

sit atop the stories of their mothers and fathers,
stones upon stones, beneath the waters of their lives.
- Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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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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To Change the World

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2013 by stevemccurry

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use
to change the world.

- Nelson Mandela

DSC_9015_kdEthiopia

AFGHN-13707 (2)Afghanistan

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

BURMA-10168 (1)Burma

There is divine beauty in learning …
- Elie Wiesel

Kegalla, Sri Lanka, 1995Sri Lanka

DSC_0749_kd (1)Omo Valley, Ethiopia

All I have learned, I learned from books.
- Abraham Lincoln

TANZANIA-10061Tanzania

Learning is not attained by chance;
it must be sought for with
ardor and attended to with diligence.
- Abigail Adams

KASHMIR-10138Kashmir

We think of the effective teachers we have had over the years
with a sense of recognition, but those who have touched our humanity
we remember with a deep sense of gratitude.
-unknown

FRANCE-10040France

 The secret in education lies in respecting the student.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 

MALI-10028NF Mali

AFGHN-12151Afghanistan

TIBET-10573NF2Kandze, Tibet

Only the educated are free.
- Epictetus

LEBANON-10064_newLebanon

Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the
medium is the human mind and spirit.
- John Steinbeck

SRILANKA-10065Sri Lanka

FIJI-10020Fiji

UNITED_ARAB_EMIRATES-10005Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture,
I got out of the library. For an impoverished child whose family could
not afford to buy books, the library was the open door to wonder and
achievement, and I can never be sufficiently grateful that I had the wit to
charge through that door and make the most of it
- Isaac Asimov

AFGHN-13831 (1)Bamiyan, Afghanistan

PAKISTAN-10075Baluchistan, Pakistan

I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money.
When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money.
I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.
- Ray Bradbury

INDIA-12155 (2)India

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

BURMA-10573Burma

INDIA-10840Ladakh, India

AFGHN-10122_blogAfghanistan

YUGOSLAVIA-10085_JMBosnia

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More Fun and Games

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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

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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Ways of Seeing

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Windows, Mirrors, and Reflections

Tibetans, Tibet, 2001Tibet

I can’t play bridge. I don’t play tennis.
All those things that people learn, and I admire, there hasn’t seemed time for.
But what there is time for is looking out the window.
- Alice Munro

KASHMIR-10064Kashmir

 BURMA-10214Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma/Myanmar

KASHMIR-10107Kashmir

“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.”   – John Berger

BURMA-10166NF, Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma, February 2010Burma/Myanmar

AFGHN-13140
Hazara Boy, Kabul, Afghanistan

THAILAND-10025, Thailand; 2007Thailand

INDIA-10289India

Sauna, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002Kabul, Afghanistan

 Mirrors have been the subject of ancient myths, folktales, literature, and superstitions for centuries.
They are often used as a metaphor for insight into one’s self.   

Restaurant, Kunduz, Afghanistan, 2002, final book_iconicKunduz, Afghanistan

Lebanon-10045, Lebanon, 03/1982Beirut, Lebanon

00202_ 20, Woman in Photography Studio in Lhasa, Tibet, Tibetans, 09/2001, 2001Tibet

 Yangon, Burma, February 2010Yangon, Burma/Myanmar

Mirror
 
I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
Whatever I see, I swallow immediately.
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike
I am not cruel, only truthful
The eye of a little god, four-cornered.
- Sylvia Plath

AFGHN-12590, Jalalabad, Nangarhar, Afghanistan, 1989Jalalabad,  Afghanistan

_SM18082_adj; Cuba; 2010, LATIN_AMERICA-10142 Havana, Cuba

PAKISTAN-10030NF2, Pakistan, 1981,Pakistan

BURMA-10372NF2, Burma/Myanmar, 02/2011 Burma/Myanmar

 In Greek mythology, Narcissus, looking into a pool of water, did not understand that
he saw his own reflection, and fell in love with himself.

INDIA-10754-(1)Agra, India

 

“I became startled by the extraordinary difference between something whose surface is completely invisible which only makes itself present by virtue of what it reflects, and a window, which doesn’t make itself apparent at all…”
-  Jonathan Miller
INDIA-10538
India, Kumbh Mela

Gatherings, Protests, and Celebrations

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All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts …
- William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”

TIBET-10681

Young Monks at Tashi Lhunpr, Xigaze, Tibet

USA-10173

New York City, USA

YUGOSLAVIA-10036

Croatia

ITALY-10044

Via Condotti, Rome, Italy

INDIA-10676NF

Mumbai/Bombay, India

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

Druze elders, Lebanon

INDIA-10704

Debating Monks at Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India

INDIA-10490NF

One of Mumbai’s laughing clubs, India

PAKISTAN-10018

Peshawar, Pakistan

KASHMIR-10077

Kashmir

AFGHN-12227NF

Shia Mosque, Kabul, Afghanistan

INDIA-10836

Rajasthan, India

NEPAL-10001

Monsoon Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal

INDIA-10866

Kumbh Mela Festival, India

It is wonderful, the power of a faith like that, that can make multitudes upon multitudes of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining.
- Mark Twain

INDIA-10522

Temporary pontoon bridges across the Ganges River help to facilitate movement of some of the thirty million Hindu devotees who will take part in the Kumbh Mela Festival, Allahabad, India.

INDIA-10202

Thrissur Pooram, Kerala, India

Thrissur Pooram is the most extravagent and colorful festival in Kerala.  Attended by tens of thousands of devotees, the festivities include dozens of caparisoned elephants.  These Indian elephants are loved, revered, groomed, and given a prestigious place in the state’s culture.

INDIA-10778

Thrissur Pooram, Kerala, India

INDIA-10009

Ganesh Chaturthi festival, Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai, India

BURMA-10057

Yangon, Burma/Myanmar during the Thingyan Festival

TIBET-10116

Jokhang Palace, Lhasa, Tibet

NIGER-10013NF26

Niger

These young Wadabi men are taking part in the Garawal, an annual marriage ritual performed by the tribe. In this event, dramatic make-up is applied to the faces of the men, who dance and make exaggerated expressions in an attempt to attract new brides.

Children at Play

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2009 by stevemccurry
AFGHN-10239

Tanks become toys in Kandahar, Afghanistan, 1994

No matter how dire the situation, how dangerous the environment, children need to play.

LEBANON-10001

Children play on an anti-aircraft gun near Beirut, Lebanon, 1982

Whether it is splashing in puddles or climbing on abandoned tanks, their world of make believe is almost as important as food and shelter.

BANGLADESH-10006

Boys playing football in flooded pastures, Bangladesh, 1983

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

BURMA-10003

Children play next to an abandoned freighter, Sitwe, Myanmar (Burma), 1995

INDIA-10727

Two children play a game by a road, India, 1993

CAMBODIA-10049

Young Cambodian boys play in the ruins of Preah Khan near Angkor Wat, Cambodia, 1999

BURMA-10116

Young monks at play, Burma, 1994

YEMEN-10058

Yemen, 1997

“Child’s play is the exultation of the possible.” – M. Buber

Children of War

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 13, 2009 by stevemccurry

Every gun that is fired, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone.

“It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

AFGHN-10083

AFGHN-10083, Afghanistan, 1992

AFGHN-10224

Kabul, Afghanistan, 1993

philippines-10023

Luzon, Philippines, 1986

LEBANON-10001

Beirut, Lebanon, 1982

KUWAIT-10042chidlreninwar

Kuwait City, 1991

AFGHN-10060

A landmine victim, Pul i Khumri, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, 1992

KUWAIT-10021-NS

Shepherd boy at Al Ahmadi, Kuwait, 1991

AFGHN-10118

Kandahar, Afghanistan, 1985

AFGHN-10158

Child with Dutch Soldier, Afghanistan, 2002

SRILANKA-10026

Tamil Tigers recruits during training, west of Batticola, Sri Lanka, 199

AFGHN-12895NF

Kabul, Afghanistan, 1992

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