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Passion of Italy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2011 by stevemccurry
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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:

 

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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

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Rome, Italy

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Rome, Italy

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

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Sicily, Italy

 

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Vatican City, Rome, Italy 

 

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

― Rumi

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Sicily, Italy 

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Rome, Italy

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

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Sicily, Italy

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Sicily, Italy

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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.

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Rome, Italy

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Rome, Italy

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

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Rome, Italy

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

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Rome, Italy

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Rome, Italy

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Rome, Italy

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

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Venice, Italy

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

- Charles Dickens

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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

We invite you to take a look at our new website:

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.

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Venice, Italy 

 
A man who has not been to Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.
 -  Samuel Johnson
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You may have the universe if I may have Italy.
-  Giuseppe Verdi 

 

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Rome, Italy

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

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Sicily, Italy 

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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

 

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Rome, Italy

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Perugia, Italy

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Venice, Italy

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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

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Camino, Italy

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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

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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

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Spoleto, Perugia

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

- Anna Akhmatova

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We invite you to look at our new website:  http://www.stevemccurry.com

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

Fusion: The Synergy of Images and Words

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Shanghai, China

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Rome, Italy

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Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy

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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.

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Istanbul, Turkey

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

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Afghan soldier takes cover from bombardment at Kandahar Airport

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

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Ujjian, India

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

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Havana, Cuba

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Lourdes, France

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Washington Square Park, New York

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Venice, Italy

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Rome, Italy

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

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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

E X H I B I T I O N S

CHRIS BEETLES FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHS
3-5 Swallow Street
London W1B 4DE
September 7 –Extended to October 15, 2011

PETER FETTERMAN GALLERY
2525 Michigan Ave #A1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
September 10 – December 1, 2011
OPEN SHUTTER GALLERY
735 Main Avenue
Durango, CO
September 9 – December 14, 2011
LAURA RATHE FINE ART
Houston, TX
September 17 – October 15, 2011
MACRO
Museum of Contemporary Art
Rome, Italy
December 1, 2011 – April 29, 2012

On and Off the Wall

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2011 by stevemccurry

Street Art | Graffiti, Murals, Posters, and Signs

 BURMA-10365NF4Inside a bell at a pilgrimage site, Mingun, Myanmar/Burma

Graffiti has existed since ancient Greece and Rome.  It expresses political and cultural views, and many consider it an art form.

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When there are cultural and political shifts, it is sometimes possible to see the earliest indications  by literally looking at the “writing on the wall.”

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 Posters are found in public places all over the world. They are  designed to attract the attention of passers-by and entice them to purchase a particular product or service, make them aware of a political viewpoint, or attend a specific event. If suddenly it were decreed that they all must disappear, it would seem that all color had disappeared from the urban landscape, and the cities would appear a mournful gray.
- Max Gallo

 INDIA-10328NFPoster Studio, Mumbai/Bombay, India

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INDIA-10530Anand, Gujarat, India

INDIA-11029 Dentist’s Clinic, Ujjain, India 

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 Throughout the world there have been murals on walls as long as there have been people to scratch them, paint them, etch them, carve them and make them.

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From the prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux, France, to the ceremonial and celebratory murals of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome,
India, and Mesopotamia, the history of murals is long,  rich and varied.

 

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  Ancient murals often depicted activities in which the people of the time engaged, from religious ceremonies to
scenes of hunting and gathering for sustenance.

- Kaizaad Kotwal

 AFGHN-13103Mujahid, Kabul, Afghanistan

AFGHN-10255 Kunduz, Afghanistan

 AFGHN-12517Young men admiring Movie Poster, Pul-i-Khumri, Afghanistan 

AFGHN-12524 Poster Vendor, Kabul, Afghanistan 

 Posters are mirrors because they reflect and sometimes distort the culture and the customs of the time.
- Max Gallo

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Nice piece in PhotoShelter blog:
http://blog.photoshelter.com/2011/07/steve-mccurry-the-iconic-photographs-unboxing.html

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