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Going Home

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2012 by stevemccurry

Home is where one starts from. 
- T.S. Eliot

Rajasthan, India

The ache for home lives in all of us…
- Maya Angelou

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

My home is my retreat and resting place …
I try to keep this corner as a haven against the tempest outside,
as I do another corner in my soul.
- Michel de Montaigne

Cave Homes in Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Tibet

He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan 

The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown.
It may be frail — its roof may shake — the wind may blow through it — the storm may enter — the rain may enter —
but the King of England cannot enter! — all his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement.
-William Pitt the Elder

India

All language is a longing for home.
- Jalaluddin Rumi, 13th-Century Persian poet

Russia

 Mali

Uganda

Peru

Mauritania

Home is any four walls that enclose the right person.
-Helen Rowland

 Tibet

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
- Benjamin Franklin

Kashmir

Tihamah Plain, Yemen

A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
- George Edward Moore

Refugees returning to destroyed homes, Herat, Afghanistan

Russia

There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues,
the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained. 
- Winston Churchill

 Tanzania

Philippines

 Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.
- John Howard Payne

Afghanistan

Morocco

 My home is not a place; it is people.
- Lois McMaster Bujold

Bosnia

Brazil

Russia

Life’s a voyage that’s homeward bound.
- Herman Melville


Omo Valley, Ethiopia

It takes a lot of living to make a house a home

It doesn’t make any  difference how rich you get to be
How much your chairs and tables cost, how great your luxury;
It isn’t home to you though it be the palace of a king,
Until somehow your soul is wrapped round everything.
- Paraphrase of Edgar Guest poem, Home

Upcoming Exhibitions
Plazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy – Opens October 17, 2012
http://www.stevemccurrygenova.it/

Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, California, United States – November 15, 2012
 Kunstmuseum-Wolfsburg, Germany – January 19, 2013
Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland – June 1, 2013

Fun and Games

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2011 by stevemccurry
 
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Tibetan Refugee Settlement, Bylakuppe, India
 
 
 
 
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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

 

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

G . K. Chesterton

 
 
 
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Gubbio, Italy
 
 

 

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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

 


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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


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Pul i Khumri, Afghanistan

AFGHN-12126NF3  Wrestling Match, Kahan, Afghanistan

 

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Games lubricate the body and the mind.
-Benjamin Franklin

 

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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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Gatherings, Protests, and Celebrations

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

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”

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Young Monks at Tashi Lhunpr, Xigaze, Tibet

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New York City, USA

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Croatia

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Via Condotti, Rome, Italy

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Mumbai/Bombay, India

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

Druze elders, Lebanon

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Debating Monks at Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India

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One of Mumbai’s laughing clubs, India

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Peshawar, Pakistan

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Kashmir

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Shia Mosque, Kabul, Afghanistan

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Rajasthan, India

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Monsoon Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal

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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

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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.

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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.

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Thrissur Pooram, Kerala, India

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Ganesh Chaturthi festival, Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai, India

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Yangon, Burma/Myanmar during the Thingyan Festival

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Jokhang Palace, Lhasa, Tibet

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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.

The Eye of the Beholder

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

 

 The Taj Mahal in Agra, India, and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, are two of the world’s most iconic buildings.   They both evoke passionate emotions, even love, despite being  on opposite ends of the historical and architectural spectrum.

 

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Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Built with translucent white marble and inlaid with gems from China, Tibet, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and the Arabian peninsula

 

 In both buildings shape, size, scale, proportion, texture, color, and light  work together to spectacular effect, but very simple structures can also be designed to bring aesthetic pleasure.

  

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Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain
Constructed with a steel frame covered with titanium sheathing

What makes things pleasing to our eyes, and how can the design of everything from majestic buildings to simple utilitarian structures bring delight?

  

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Kyoto, Japan

For centuries, there has been documented evidence that people have preferences for structures in the built environment and in the natural environment that have certain geometric  proportions known as the golden ratio or golden proportion.

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Red Fort, New Delhi, India

  The ratio of length to width of approximately 1.618  appears not only in art and architecture, but also in natural structures.

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Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet

 

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Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India

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Step Well, India

 

Kimberly Elam’s book,  Geometry of Design: Studies in Proportion and Composition, points out that things in nature as different as
the human body, the pine cone, and the trout all share natural proportioning systems that provide the foundation for all art, architecture, and design.

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Summer Palace, Beijing, China

Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is
recognition of the pattern.
 - Alfred North Whitehead, Mathemetician

 

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Jodhpur, India

  

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Gujarat, India

 

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Jaipur, India, 2008

 On photography and geometry:

“For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. In order to “give a meaning” to the world, one has to feel involved in what one frames through the viewfinder. This attitude requires concentration, discipline of mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry.”
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

 

 

“Let no one destitute of geometry enter my doors.”  -  Plato 

 

Unpublished, Unseen 4

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2011 by stevemccurry
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Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2011

Over the past thirty years, I have taken nearly a million pictures.   Many of them have been published in my books, in magazines, and seen in my exhibitions, but a majority have never been seen.  Here are a few of those unseen pictures.

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Myanmar/Burma, 2011

  

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Burma, 2011

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Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2011

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Tokyo, Japan, 2008

 

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Day of Ashura, Afghanistan

 

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France, 1989

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Madrid, 1995

 

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Rajasthan, India, 2010

  

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Myanmar/Burma, 2011

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Myanmar/Burma

 

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Mumbai/Bombay, 2011

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India

 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

_SM14180, Myanmar, Burma, 02/2011, BURMA-10314

Myanmar/Burma

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India

Over the years I’ve come to see  that all of us are basically the same.  There are many more similarities that bind us than differences that separate us.

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Yangon, Myanmar/Burma

 

Fathers

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2010 by stevemccurry
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Honduras

 

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Rajasthan, India

 

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Cambodian refugees fleeing from the Khmer Rouge

 

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La Esperanza, Colombia


“It is a wise father that knows his own child.” –  William Shakespeare

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India


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Helmand Province, Afghanistan

 

“A Man knows that he is growing old  because he begins to look like his father.”
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Wedding, Rajasthan, India


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West Bengal, India

 

“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.”
- Sigmund Freud

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Srinagar, Kashmir, India

 

“One father is more than a hundred Schoolmasters.”
- George Herbert

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Paraguay

 

“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”
- Clarence Budington Kelland

Dedicated to my father, Eugene T. McCurry

The Art of Editing

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 31, 2010 by stevemccurry

The Eye of the Beholder

Whether you have hundreds of thousands of pictures in your archive or a few hundred, the process of editing your pictures down to the ones with the best aesthetic, the best composition, and the ones that illustrate your story or experiences best,  is a process that takes time, patience, and experience.

Here are some examples of near frames and the final selects.

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Dust storm, Rajasthan, India, 1983


‘I was in a beat-up taxi travelling through the desert to a town called Jaisalmer. As we drove down the road, we saw a dust storm grow … Where we stopped, women and children worked on the road … In the strange dark orange light and the howling wind, battered by sand and dust, they sang and prayed.

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Dust storm, Rajasthan, India, 1983

 

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Select

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Select

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Sahdu, India, 2010

Before the Afghan Girl was published on the cover of the National Geographic magazine, there was discussion about whether or not the image was too strong for the cover.  The person who advocated for putting it on the cover saw something others didn’t, and time and perspective proved that it was the picture that best illustrated the article, and also the picture that has stood the test of time.

Cultures on the Edge

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2010 by stevemccurry

Vanishing Peoples, Vanishing Livelihoods

Tightrope Walker

Rajasthan, India, 2009

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Tibet, 2007

Since the beginning of time, nomads have roamed the world and have been an essential part of economic and cultural activity around the globe.

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Tibet, 2007

South Asia has the world’s largest nomadic population. In India, there are more than 500 nomadic groups, roughly 80 million people, but every day their traditional ways of life are disappearing.

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Tibet, 2007

The diversity of the livelihoods of each of these nomadic communities is staggering.  Each one fills a particular socio-economic niche, fulfilling a specific need of village or sedentary communities.

Each of these groups is threatened by a variety of factors:  urban sprawl, cheaper factory goods, modern technology,  stringent wildlife laws and governmental pressure.

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Nomad Children, Amdo, Tibet, 2001

 

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Kuchi Shepherd, Kashmir, 1995

The Kuchis of Afghanistan have to travel long distances to avoid drought, dust storms, and wars. They are about 10% of Afghanistan’s population and are an important part of the foundation of Afghanistan’s exports of wool, carpet, and animal hides.  Because they travel to remote regions, the Kuchis have been instrumental in taking manufactured goods to remote areas, and rather than being a relic from the past, they are relevant, but drought and social pressures are impacting their way of life that has survived for centuries.

 

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Kuchi Nomads, Kandahar, Afghanistan, 1992

The fate of all nomadic peoples is precarious, but it is vital to recognize that their way of life has served them and their regions well for centuries, and that perhaps it is worth a Herculean effort to help them survive.

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Tuareg Woman, Mali, 1986

My pictures of India’s nomads were published in the February issue of National Geographic Magazine:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/02/nomads/mccurry-photography

Dust Storm in the Desert

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 4, 2009 by stevemccurry
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Rajasthan, India 1983

 

I was in a beat-up taxi traveling through the desert to a town called Jaisalmer near the India-Pakistan border. It was in June, and as hot as the planet ever gets. The rains had failed in that part of Rajasthan for thirteen years. I wanted to capture something of the mood of anticipation before the monsoon.

As we drove down the road, we saw a dust storm grow — a typical event before the monsoon breaks. For miles it built into a huge frightening wall of dust, moving across the landscape like a tidal wave, eventually enveloping us like a thick fog. As it arrived, the temperature dropped suddenly and the noise became deafening. Where we stopped, women and children worked on the road — something they are driven to do when the crops fail — now barely able to stand in the fierce wind, clustered together to shield themselves from the sand and dust. I tried to make pictures.

In the strange dark-orange light and howling wind, battered by sand and dust they sang and prayed.  Life and death seemed to hang in a precarious balance.

 

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