Archive for Leo Tolstoy

The Greatest Good

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Niger

Music
The greatest good that mortals know
and all of heaven we have below.
– Joseph Addison

Yemen

Rocca Paolina, Perugia, Umbria, Italy 

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Chitral, Pakistan

Karabash-i Veli,  Bursa, Turkey

Street Musician, Dublin, Ireland 

 Honduras


La Habana Vieja, Cuba

Music is the shorthand of emotion.
- Leo Tolstoy

A family plays music on the street hoping for a few rupees, India

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
- Berthold Auerbach

Angkor Wat temple complex, Cambodia

Two musicians practice for the Jazz Festival, Perugia, Italy

Music’s the medicine of the mind. 
- John A. Logan

 France

Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.
– Leonard Bernstein

 Kashmir

Herbie Hancock, Italy
Winner of 14 Grammy Awards, Hancock is a musical icon.

 Kalash Girl, Chitral District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan

 When words leave off, music begins.
- Heinrich Heine

Khan Murjan restaurant in a 14th century building which
served as an inn for travellers and traders.  Baghdad, Iraq

Whiskey a Go Go, a fixture on the Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, California, United States

Pianist waits to perform in a supper club, Shanghai, China

Alto Churumazu, Peru

 Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.
- Alphonse de Lamartine

Marrakesh, Morocco

Traditional performers,  Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.

- Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you,
music itself is not going to let you down.

- Virgil Thomson, Composer, Winner of the Pulitzer Price, 1949

Karabash-i Veli,  Bursa, Turkey

Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!
- J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Seal  greets Steve McCurry at concert, PhotoKina,Cologne, Germany
Courtesy of Matthias Krug,  September 17, 2012

CURRENT AND FUTURE EXHIBITIONS

Oeksnehallen, Copenhagen, Denmark – Ongoing
Gallery N, Seoul Arts Centre, Seoul, South Korea – Opening on September 12th, 2012
Leica Photokina, Hall 1, Cologne, Germany – September 18, 2012
Centro Municipal de Arte Helio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – October 6th, 2012
Plazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy – October 17, 2012
Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles – November 15, 2012
Chris Beetles Gallery, London, U.K. – January 15, 2013
Kunstmuseum-Wolfsburg, Germany – January 19, 2013
Cavalier Gallery, Greenwich, CT – April 12 – May 6, 2013
Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland – June 1, 2013

The World’s Ride

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2012 by stevemccurry

The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.
- William Saroyan

India

It would not be at all strange if history came to the conclusion that the
perfection of the bicycle was the greatest event of the nineteenth century.

Afghanistan

Tahiti

Cambodia

Bangladesh

 The first real grip I ever got on things
Was when I learned the art of pedaling
- Seamus Heaney

West Bengal, India 

China

Cambodia

Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race.
- H.G. Wells

Afghanistan

A bicycle does get you there and more… And there is always the thin edge of danger to
keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. Dogs become dogs
again and snap at your raincoat; potholes become personal.
And getting there is all the fun.
- Bill Emerson, On Bicycling, Saturday Evening Post, 1967

Morocco

The Bicycle
Haiku
Wheels  carry me from
Youth to middle to old age
Never complaining
– K. Earle

Cambodia

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.
- John F. Kennedy

Lebanon

Kabul, Afghanistan

The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man.
Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish.
Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.

- Iris Murdoch

India

Afghanistan

I feel that I am entitled to my share of lightheartedness and there is
nothing wrong with enjoying one’s self simply, like a boy.
- Leo Tolstoy, Responding to criticism for learning to ride a bicycle at age 67

Oldest West African mud mosque, Djenne, Mali

Longmen Caves, Henan Province, Louyang, China

India

India

Life is like riding a bicycle.
To keep your balance you must keep moving.
- Albert Einstein

Kesennuma, Japan

France

Cambodia

I began to feel that myself plus the bicycle equaled myself plus the world,
upon whose spinning wheel we must all learn to ride, or fall into the sluiceways of
oblivion and despair. That which made me succeed with the bicycle was precisely
what had gained me a measure of success in life —
it was the hardihood of spirit that led me to begin, the persistence of will that held me to my task,
and the patience that was willing to begin again when the last stroke had failed.
- Frances E. Willard

China        

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