Deep South

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2015 by stevemccurry

Paul Theroux’s book, Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads,
includes photographs by Steve McCurry

DSC_4192, Deep South, Warren, Arkansas, USA, 09/2013, USA-10914. Pastime theatre. Final Deep South selection for Smithsonian. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 11/25/2014

Warren, Arkansas

Paul Theroux and I have been working together since 1984.
We did a book together on Indian railways;
we worked on an assignment together in Costa Rica, and  

I visited him at his home in Hawaii.
Deep South is our second book collaboration.

DSC_2357, Elberton, Georgia, Deep South, USA, 09/2013, USA-10910. Abandoned garden. Retouched_Sonny Fabbri 4/15/2013
Elberton, Georgia

Paul has a keen sense of humor and a sharp wit.
He’s able to cut through the nonsense to find the truth.

DSC_4121; Deep South; Allendale, South Carolina, USA; 04/2014, USA-10998NF2. An old interstate sign. final_Smithsonian Web Article Retouched by Sonny Fabbri 7/15/2015
Allendale, South Carolina

DSC_6123, Deep South, Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA, 04/2014, USA-11044. A statue beside a house. CHECK IMAGE USAGE final_Smithsonian Magazine retouched_Sonny Fabbri 7/15/2015
Natchez, Mississippi
Rosalie Mansion, built in Natchez in 1823 by a wealthy cotton broker, served as a Union headquarters in the Civil War.

DSC_5190, Deep South, Philadelphia, Mississippi, USA, 04/2014, USA-11024NF. Street view of Philadelphia water tower. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 7/15/2015
Philadelphia, Mississippi

DSC_6664, Deep South, Arcola, Mississippi, United States, 04/2014, DSC_6753, DSC_6803, DSC_6804, USA-11060. A woman folds the American flag. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 7/15/2015
Ruby Johnson, Postmaster
Arcola, Mississippi

“…the vitality of the South lies in the self-awareness of its deeply rooted people.
What made the South an enlightenment for a traveler like me, more interested in conversation than sightseeing,
was the heart and soul of its family narratives — its human wealth.”
– quoted by Bret Lott, Boston Globe

_DSC9480, Deep South, Alabama, USA, 2013, USA-10795. Barber Eugene Lyles relaxes in his shop. Final Deep South selection for Smithsonian_web Retouched_Sonny Fabbri 07/31/2015
Reverend Eugene Lyles
Greensboro, Alabama

“Ones born today don’t know how it was.”
– Rev. Lyles

DSC_3178, Deep South, USA, 09/2013, USA-10972. Reverend Lyles’s annotated Bible, on the desk in his barbershop retouched_Sonny Fabbri 7/15/2015 Deep South_Book_HMH
Reverend Lyles’s annotated Bible on the desk in his barbershop.
 Greensboro, Alabama

“A church in the South is the beating heart of the community,
the social center, the anchor of faith, the beacon of light,
the arena of music, the gathering place, offering hope, counsel,
welfare, warmth, fellowship, melody, harmony, and snacks.”
– Paul Theroux, Deep South

DSC_9779, Deep South, Alabama, USA, 2013, USA-10797. Mary Ward Brown in her home. Final Deep South selection for Smithsonian. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 7/20/2015
Award-winning short story writer, Mary Ward Brown, two months before she died.
Hamburg, Alabama

“She wrote like a tortoise,” the Southern historian Wayne Flynt wrote after Ms. Brown’s death,
“sniffing out every nook and cranny of existence, watching and listening as black and white lives
bumped up against each other.  When readers from Russia to Reeltown discover her stories,
they find universal meaning there, collisions of prejudices,
grievances, misunderstandings, failures, as well as
triumphs, kindnesses and generosity.”
– New York Times, May 22, 2013

DSC_4306, Deep South, Sylvania, Geogia, USA, 04/2014, USA-10995. The Dreamland Motel. CHECK IMAGE USAGE final_Smithsonian Magazine Retouched_Sonny Fabbri 7/15/2015
Sylvania, Georgia

DSC_5648, Deep South, Greensboro, Alabama, USA, 04/2014, USA-11019NF. Janet May walking with a basket of flowers. Retouched_Sonny Fabbri 7/15/2015
Janet May in front of her Bed and Breakfast.
Greensboro, Alabama

_DSC0529, Deep South, USA, 03/2013, USA-10778. Man steps from front porch. Retouched_Sonny Fabbri 7/06/2015
Melvin Johnson on the porch of his family’s nineteenth-century house, which he’s lived in for more than fifty years.
Allendale, South Carolina

USA-10791NF2Demopolis, Alabama

USA-10794NF2Demopolis, Alabama

_DSC5744, Deep South, outside Palestine, Arkansas, USA, 04/2014, USA-10943. Delores Walker Robinson holds a goat on her cattle farm. CHECK IMAGE USAGE Final Deep South Selection_Smithsonian Online Publication Retouched_Sonny Fabbri 7/15/2015
Delores Walker Robinson on her farm
Palestine, Arkansas

USA-10907Mississippi River
Natchez, Mississippi

_DSC9436, Deep South, USA, 2013, USA-10793. A funeral home. retouched_Sonny Fabbri
Greensboro, Alabama

DSC_5569, Greensboro, Alabama, Deep South, USA, 04/2014, USA-11021. Children of the Boys & Girls Club of America with Pam Dorr. final_Smithsonian Magazine Retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 04/13/2014
Greensboro, Alabama

DSC_4675, Deep South, USA, 09/2013, USA-10912. Unpaved country road. Retouched_Sonny Fabbri 7/05/2015
Unpaved country road in the Ozarks, Arkansas

BIO-10930Paul Theroux and Steve McCurry
Allendale, South Carolina


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2015 by stevemccurry

Portraits reveal a desire for human connection;
a desire so strong that people who know they will never see me again
open themselves to the camera,  all in the hope that at the other end
someone will be watching,

someone who will laugh or suffer with them.

00735_19, Rajasthan, India, 2010, INDIA-11024. An elderly man from the Rabari Tribe. MAX PRINT SIZE: 40x60 India_Book final print_MACRO final print_Sao Paulo final_Last Roll of Kodachrome Fine Art Print retouched_Sonny Fabbri 12/2015India

A true portrait should today and a hundred years from today,
be the testimony of how this person
looked and what kind of human being he or she was.
– Philippe Halsman, 1906 – 1979

DSC_7400, Omo Valley, Ethiopia, 08/2013, ETHIOPIA-10319NF. Child with wreath of leaves around head. retouched_Kate Daigneault 08/20/2013

As human beings we are fascinated with each other and how we look.
Diane Arbus talked about the gap between intention and effect as revealed in portraiture.
People put on make-up and adorn themselves because they want to create an
effect and give a certain impression.

DSC_7133; Etnia; South Africa; 2013. A woman with blue sunglasses and black hat. retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova;
South Africa

Photography and the genre of portraiture have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship.
From the beginning of depiction, the portrait has invited its audience to recognize the
identity of the subject and then to remember.
– Anthony Bannon

_DSC9065, Cuba. 7/18/2015. Portrait of a young boy next to a scuplture. retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 08/02/2015

A good portrait is one that says something about the person.
We usually see parts of ourselves in others, so the good portrait
should also say something about the human condition.

01726_17, Balochistan, Pakistan, 05/1981, PAKISTAN-10059NF. A man in a turban forming his mustache. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 03/04/2015
Baluchistan, Pakistan

Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face,
the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited,
and the wealth and confusion man has created.
It is a major force in explaining man to man.
– Edward Steichen, 1879 – 1973

01270_12, Yemen, 03/1997, YEMEN-10201. A girl with a tall hat. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 10/3/2013

 What could be more simple and more complex,
more obvious and more profound than a portrait.
– Charles Baudelaire 

20120517-Pirelli-02807; Pirelli Calendar, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 08/2012, BRAZIL-10081. Hanaa Ben Abdesslem stands on the street in Rio. Retouched_Sonny Fabbri ASK BEFORE CHANGING METADATAHanaa Ben Abdesslem, Brazil

00061_12, Chaco, Paraguay, 1988, PARAGUAY-10003. A Gaucho stands with pride. Magnum Photos_NYC28309, MCS1985005K105 Portraits_book PORTRAITS_book Retouched_Sonny Fabbri 06/9/2013Paraguay

The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and
put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.
– Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1908-2004

00613_13, Monsoons, Indonesia, 02/1984, INDONESIA-10052. A woman covers herself from the rain. retouched Ekaterina Savtsova 08/13/2015

A good portrait ought to tell something of the subject’s past and
suggest something of his future.

– Bill Brandt, 1904 – 1983

01803_02, Aghanistan, 10/2002, AFGHN-13995. A girl holds a comic book. Retouched_Sonny Fabbri 06/02/2014

_2SM4238, Around the City; Mercato delle Gaite; Bevagna; Umbria; Italy, 2012; ITALY-10427NF2. A woman in costume for the Perugia Medieval Summer Festival. CHECK IMAGE USAGE. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 11/13/2013

DSC_8305, UNITED_KINGDOM-10053NF, South Bank Tower, London, United Kingdom, 04/2014. Portrait of a man. retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 04/19/2014
Lemn Sissay, MBE, London, United Kingdom

When I have had such men before my camera my
whole soul has endeavored to do its
duty towards them in recording faithfully the greatness of the
inner as well as the features of the outer man.
The photograph thus taken has been almost the embodiment of a prayer.
– Julia Margaret Cameron, 1815–1879

SAM_5899, Rajasthan, India, 2009, INDIA-11532. Man adjusting his mustache. MAX PRINT SIZE: 30X40 India_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 02/11/2015

00355_07. Yemen, 04/1997, YEMEN-10084. Portrait of a young girl in a straw hat. MAX PRINT SIZE 40x60 retouched_ Sonny Fabbri 3/4/2015 From These Hands. A Journey Along the Coffee Trail. Phaidon Press Limited.

01882_15, India 50 Years After, Rajasthan, India, 09/1996, INDIA-11409NF5. A man poses with his cow. India_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 01/29/2015

_DSC5744, Deep South, outside Palestine, Arkansas, USA, 04/2014, USA-10943. Delores Walker Robinson holds a goat on her cattle farm. CHECK IMAGE USAGE Final Deep South Selection_Smithsonian Online Publication Retouched_Sonny Fabbri 7/15/2015
United States

ETHIOPIA-10501 (1)

DSC_4040, Lavazza, Vietnam, 2013, VIETNAM-10087. A girl with a dog resting. MAX PRINT SIZE: 40x60 Coffee_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 10/15/2014 From These Hands. A Journey Along the Coffee Trail. Phaidon Press Limited.

Cinecitta Studios

Via Tuscolana, 1055
00173 Roma, Italy
April 18 September 20, 2015
Museum für Gestaltung
Ausstellungsstrasse 60
8005 Zürich
July 3 October 18, 2015
Old Town Hall, Prague
Staroměstské náměstí 1/3,
110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic
September 8 September 30, 2015
Pictura Gallery
122 W 6th St,
Bloomington, IN 47404
August 7 September 26, 2015
Flo Peters Gallery
Pumpen 8,
20095 Hamburg, Germany
September 4 October 3, 2015
Hickory Museum of Art
243 3rd Ave NE
Hickory, NC 28601
September 12 May 8, 2016
Altınsoy Cad. No:3, Altındağ
Merkez Ankara, Turkey
Lecture: September 15, 7:00 pm
September 16 December 13, 2015

ETHIOPIA-10328NF3 (2)Ethiopia

Sacred Trust

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2015 by stevemccurry

There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children.
There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected,
that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want
and that they can grow up in peace.
– Kofi Annan

SAM_2957; Rajasthan, India; 05/2008, INDIA-11398. Girl carrying stone.  retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 03/19/2015


DSC_8662, Philippines, 01/2014, PHILIPPINES-10139NF4. A boy pushes a cart with wood. Retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 2/9/2014

Hazaras, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2006, AFGHN-13034NF. A father helps his son make candy. MM7424_061007_11017 Confectionary factory, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2006. Pg 234. Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 11/14/2012

Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together,
and if you continue to use the labor of children as the
treatment for the social disease of poverty,

you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.
 –  Grace Abbott

01844_12, Lavazza, Honduras, 2005, HONDURAS-10044NF3. A boy carrying sticks.  retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 09/05/2014

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies is, 
in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are
cold and are not clothed.  This 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.

–President Dwight David Eisenhower

Shoeshine boy, Lhasa, Tibet, 2000 This shoeshine boy is accustomed to catching the eye of a potential customer. Working on the street, he pauses for a moment to see if McCurry wants more than just a photograph. The numbered stool indicates that he is part of a bigger operation of vendors traversing the city in search of business. Phaidon, Iconic Images, final book_iconic final print_Birmingham retouched_Sonny Fabbri 06/18/2013

00544_05. Bangladesh, 1983, BANGLADESH-10014. Young boys carry wood.  Retouched_Ashley Crabill 05/28/2013

For the past three decades as I traveled the world on assignment I
 have witnessed children working in fields, factories, ditches, tunnels,
mines, and ship-breaking yards.

An 11-year-old boy stands outside a gold mine where he works in Mindanao, Philippines, 1985. Portraits_Book PORTRAITS_Book

Hundreds of millions of children spend their 
childhood working and do not have an opportunity to
play, go to school, or live in a healthy environment.

00485_04, Burma/Myanmar, 03/1995, BURMA-10232. A young girl collects rocks. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 5/21/2013

There is no room for complacency when 215 million children are still labouring to survive and
more than half of these are exposed to the worst forms of child labour, including slavery and
involvement in armed conflict. We cannot allow the eradication of child labour
to slip down the development agenda — all countries should be striving to
achieve this target, individually and collectively.
– Juan Somavia

Moonsoons, Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1983 NYC62423, MCS1983005 K004 Portraits_Book

Amid attempts to protect elephants from ivory poachers and
dolphins from tuna nets,

the rights of children go remarkably unremarked.
– Anna Quindlen

_2SM8311; India, 04/2012, INDIA-11596

Child slavery is a crime against humanity.
Humanity itself is at stake here. A lot of work still remains, but
I will see the end of child labor in my lifetime.
– Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Laureate

A young boy works in a mill in Pul-i- Khumri, Afghanistan, 1992, final print_milan final print_MACRO

00075_15, Bombay, India, 1993, INDIA-10680NF. A young boy selling flowers. India_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 02/25/2015

00284_14, Charikar, Afghanistan, 2002, AFGHN-10211. A young miner holds a hammer. NYC65502, MCS2002002 K296 Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002. Pg 236, Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs. final print_milan PORTRAITS_book final print_MACRO retouched_Sonny Fabbri 4/18/2013

The object of employing children is not to train them,
but to get high profits from their work.
– Lewis Hine, 1908

Bombay/Mumbai, India, 1994, INDIA-10207. Welder in a ship-breaking yard. Vessels from around the world end up in this Bombay/Mumbai ship-breaking yard to be broken down into scrap. This worker is one of the many that reduce these colossal ships to tons of valuable iron. It is a dirty and dangerous job. Before turning to his next task, this worker's eyes catch McCurry's camera. Magnum Photos, NYC5952, MCS1993006 K030. From the tangle of deconstruction in the shipbreaking yard of Bombay, a young welder stepped forward in 1994 to engage the camera. His eyes, redoubled by the goggles on his forehead, draws our gaze away from the ship's empty hold and we wonder about this young man, whose face we cannot read fully, whose head is protected only by the cloth that covers his mouth. The promise of our gaze meeting, through a photograph, the look of another across time, and vastly different spaces is one of the signature strengths of McCurry's art. Bannon, Anthony. (2005). Steve McCurry. New York: Phaidon Press Inc., 27. National Geographic Magazine. Vol. 188, No. 3, pgs.56-57, March 1995, Bombay: India's Capital of Hope. Phaidon, 55, Portraits, South Southeast, Iconic Images, final book_iconic, iconic photographs Goggles and scarf shield this worker from the choking dust and smoke of the ship breaking yard. Old ships are brought from all over the world to be cut up for scrap metal. National Geographic: John McCarry (March 1995) Bombay: India's Capital of Hope, National Geographic. (vol.187 (3)) pp.42-67 Portraits_Book South Southeast_Book Steve Mccurry_Book Iconic_Book PORTRAITS_book Untold_book PORTRAITS_APP final print_MACRO final print_Sao Paulo final print_Birmingham India_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 02/26/2015

More than 168 million children are trapped in child labour.
More than half of them, 85 million, are in hazardous work.
– International Labour Organization, United Nations

00014_12, Sahel Desert, Niger River, Mali, 1986, MALI-10033. The west African monsoon feeds the Niger River which allows local people to fish. Magnum Photos, NYC62507, MCS1986006 K045. Unguarded Moment_Book final print_UrbanArt'12 retouched_Sonny Fabbri

02090_10, Afghanistan; 08/1992,  AFGHN-14326NF. Children weaving rugs. retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 04/16/2015Afghanistan


Patricia Conde Galeria
Lafontaine 73 Polanco,
Miguel Hidalgo 11550
Cd de México, D.F., Mexico
Opens July 18, 2015

Pictura Gallery
122 W 6th St,Bloomington, IN 47404
Opens August 7, 2015

Between Darkness and Light

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2015 by stevemccurry

Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows,
the light and dark which that thing provides.
– Junichiro Tanizak, In Praise of Shadows

SOUTH_AFRICA-10069 (1) South Africa

The shadow is that place between darkness and light.


 We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows,
the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates…
Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.
–  Junichiro Tanizaki

00937_ 07,Angkor Wat, Cambodia, 1998Cambodia

The lovliest things in life are but shadows, and they come and go, and
change and fade away…”
– Charles Dickens 

00056_04, Angkor Wat,  Angkor, Cambodia, 1998, CAMBODIA-10111. A little girl looks at the carvings. Magnum Photos, NYC8848, MCS1998012 K041. Sanctuary: Temples of Angkor_Book Retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 11/7/2013Cambodia

_DSC8410, Mandalay, Burma/Myanmar, 02/2013, BURMA-10573. A monk reads in a classroom. retouched _Sonny Fabbri 5/21/2014

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow.
– T. S. Eliot

_2SM5416; Rocca Paolina; Perugia, Umbria, Italy; 07/2012, ITALY-10405. Two saxophonists play during a jazz festival. retouched_Sonny Fabbri

“… there are shadows because there are hills. “
–  E.M.Forster, Room with a View

VIETNAM-10097 (1)Vietnam

A shadow on the wall
boughs stirred by the noonday wind
that’s enough earth
and for the eye
enough celestial participation.
– Gottfried Benn
Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann

00384_ 18, New York, USA, 05/2005, USA-10044NF retouched_Sonny Fabbri MAX PRINT SIZE: 20x24
New York City

I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow.
– Sylvia Plath

_SAM6326; Rajasthan; India; 2009; INDIA-11506. Rajasthan Shadows.  India_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 01/29/2015 MAX PRINT SIZE: 40X60 PORTRAITS_APP

The Sun never knew how wonderful it was
until it fell on the wall of a building.
Louis Kahn, Architect

quoted in forward of In Praise of Shadows,  Junichiro Tanizaki

00054_09, Preah Khan, Angkor, Cambodia, 1999, CAMBODIA-10049NF. Shadow Play.    Untold_book  retouched_Sonny Fabbri 10/29/2014

_DSC9569, Abu Dhabi, Seven Sisters, United Arab Emirates, 11/2014, UNITED_ARAB_EMIRATES-10051. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi. FINAL print_EMPTY QUARTER retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 01/30/2015
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi.United Arab Emirates

719670, Sahae Desert, Mali, 08/1986, MALI-10068

There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re
absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.
–  Jo Walton

SAM_4570, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2/2009, BRAZIL-10010. A man running. final print_Genoa retouched_Sonny Fabbri MAX PRINT SIZE: 40X60

Shadow is the means by which bodies display their form.
The forms of bodies could not be understood in detail but for shadow.
– Leonardo da Vinci

00014_12, Sahel Desert, Niger River, Mali, 1986, MALI-10033. The west African monsoon feeds the Niger River which allows local people to fish. Magnum Photos, NYC62507, MCS1986006 K045. Unguarded Moment_Book final print_UrbanArt'12 retouched_Sonny Fabbri

Shards of light scatter indiscriminately
Half light at dusk yearns to remain
but is satisfied
by tomorrow’s promise
– Kay Earle

BURMA-10391, Burma, 02/2011Burma

Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002, AFGHN-10156. Beggar and shadow. On this particular day in Kabul, McCurry found a beggar women seeking charity outside a mosque. The ominous shadows of the buildings and passers-by convey a sense of intense isolation. It is a scene that has a changed little over the years. 'Every time I've returned,' McCurry recalls, 'I have found the same woman, begging by the same door.'


From These Hands, A Journey Along the Coffee Trail  has just been released by Phaidon Press.
From the foothills of the Andes to the slopes of Kilimanjaro, the images document the
realities of life for the
people working at the source of this drink which
millions of people enjoy every day – coffee.


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 11, 2015 by stevemccurry


Rajasthan, India

For months there is no rain, and then there is too much.
Half the world’s people survive at the whim of the monsoon.

INDIA-10926Bihar, India

I was eleven years old when I saw a photo essay on the monsoon in India in Life Magazine by
Brian Brake, the New Zealand-born Magnum photographer.
His work established his reputation as a master color photo essayist.
Twenty years later, I proposed a story to National Geographic to photograph the monsoon.

INDIA-11984Worli, India

INDIA-10214Bombay/Mumbai, India

01873_17, Bombay, India, 09/1993, INDIA-12471NF. Two children walk through the flooded streets of Bombay after school.  retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 10/30/2014India

INDIA-10004NFPorbandar, India


Monsoons, Australia, River, Arnumlan River, swollen by the Monsoon rains, snaking through Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia, 1984. Pg 55 Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs Untold_bookAustralia

01614_05, northern territory, Australia, 1984, Aboriginal with umbrella Retouched by Ekaterina Savtsova 04/11 2014Australia

Monsoon History

The air is wet, soaks
into mattresses, and curls
In apparitions of smoke,
Like fat white slugs furled
Among the timber
Or silver fish tunnelling
The damp linen covers
Of schoolbooks, or walking
Quietly like centipedes,
The air walking everywhere
On its hundred feet
Is filled with the glare
Of tropical water.
Again we are taken over
By clouds and rolling darkness.
Small snails appear
Clashing their timid horns
Among the morning glory
by Shirley Geok-lin Lim

INDONESIA-10001NF6Bojonegoro, Java, Indonesia

Last Night the Rain Spoke to Me
Last night
the rain
spoke to me
slowly, saying,
what joy
to come falling
out of the brisk cloud,
to be happy again
in a new way
on the earth!
by Mary Oliver 

NEPAL-10013Bagmati River, Kathmandu, Nepal

During the year I spent following the monsoon in a dozen countries,
I learned to see it as a critically important event, 

and not the disaster it had first seemed to my Western eyes. 

NEPAL-10002Bagmati River, Kathmandu, Nepal

Rain is grace;
Rain is the sky descending to the earth …
– John Updike



INDONESIA-10007Sulawesi, Indonesia

01177_01, Indonesia, 02/1984, INDONESIA-10036. Children playing on a makeshift boat retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 12/17/2014Indonesia

Farmers experience the monsoon as an almost religious experience as they
watch their fields come back 
to life after being parched for half the year. 

INDIA-11030Varanasi, India

For half the world’s people, good monsoons, those rain-bearing winds of
Asia and the Subcontinent, 
 mean life and prosperity.
Poor ones are marked by famine and death.

Porbandar, India

Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Only He shakes the heavens and from its treasures takes out the winds. 
He joins the waters and the clouds and produces the rain.
He does all those things. 

– Michael Servetus (1511-1553)
Spanish theologian, physician, cartographer

NEPAL-10049Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Monsoon flora, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1984. Magnum Photos, NYC31569, MCS1983002 K203. Monsoon_BookNepal

One Magical Instant

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2015 by stevemccurry

At one magical instant the page of a book – that string of confused, alien ciphers – shivered into meaning.
Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; At that moment, whole universes opened.
You became, irerevocably, a reader.
– Alberto Manguel

CHINA-10248Hong Kong

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
– Victor Hugo

NEPAL-10108Katmandu, Nepal

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.

AFGHN-14041 Kabul, Afghanistan

ITALY-10406 Sculpture by Gino Dedomincis, Umbria, Italy

We are familiar with words describing images, but not so familiar with images describing words and the impact reading has on our lives.

TURKEY-10212Istanbul, Turkey

_DSC1209 Havana, Cuba

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 depicted people reading and the “look of reading” on the subjects’ faces.

JAPAN-10138Tokyo, Japan

02053_14Refugee Camp, Peshawar, Pakistan

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

ITALY-10664Assisi, Umbria, Italy

A great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.
– Pablo Neruda

RUSSIA-10135 Sicily, Italy

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

_DSC5709Bangkok, Thailand

USA-10824New York, United States

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.
– Anna Quindlen

BURMA-10780NFYangon, Burma

USA-10880 Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on… Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.
– Nora Ephron




_SM14516, Russia, 2010, RUSSIA-10075. A woman reads under a purple umbrella. Retouched_Ashley CrabillRussia

From These Hands, published by Phaidon Press, will be released on May 5.
From the foothills of the Andes to the slopes of Kilimanjaro,
images document the realities of life for the people working
at the source of this familiar commodity – coffee.


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The world is your kaleidoscope, and the varying combinations of colors
which at every succeeding moment are the exquisitely adjusted
pictures of your ever-moving thoughts.
– James Allen


Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing?
Can one really explain this? No.
– Pablo Picasso



The purest and most thoughtful minds
are those which love color the most.

– John Ruskin



Our days are a kaleidoscope.
Every instant a change takes place in the contents.

New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort…
The most familiar people stand each moment in some
new relation to each other, to their work, to surrounding objects.
 – Harry Ward Beecher

Phokhara, Nepal, 1984, NEPAL-10009Portraits_bookPORTRAITS_bookNepal

USA-10027NFUnited States

All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.
– Marc Chagall

Liya KebedeLiya Kebede, Brazil


UNITED_KINGDOM-10053NF4Lemn Sissay, United Kingdom

There’s a time for everyone, If they only learn,
that the twisting kaleidoscope moves us all in turn. 
– Sir Elton John

USA-10796NFMary Brown Ward, United States

A Toy Kaleidoscope
Tumbling bits of glass

Infinite permutations 
Forever entrancing
– K. Earle


ITALY-10449NFA man in costume for Perugia’s Medieval Summer Festival, Italy

YEMEN-10042 (1)Yemen



Steve McCurry Retrospective
Villa Riale di Monza
Monza, Italy
October 30 – April 6, 2015

Finding the Sublime 
CT Gallery
112 rue Saint-François 74120
Megève, France
December 16, 2014 – April 4, 2015

Iconic Photographs
Bait Al Zubair Museum
Muscat, Oman
December 16, 2014 – February 28, 2015


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