The Spirit of Afghanistan

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2015 by stevemccurry

“A landscape might be denuded, a human settlement abandoned or lost,
but always, just beneath the ground lies history of preposterous grandeur. . .
They are everywhere, these individuals of undaunted humankind,
irrepressibly optimistic and proud.
– The Carpet Wars, Christopher Kremmer



“I have the impression that (Afghan) children are
much more excited about going to school than
children in other countries are.  
They think of it as a special privilege.
Going to school, being with other children,
getting books and pencils – all of that is like a dream for them.”  
– Dr. Cheryl Benard, Veiled Courage




Near the Afghan/Pakistan border

AFGHN-12883Near the Afghan/Pakistan border


If literacy rates were measured by a nation’s proverbs and poetry,
Afghanistan would be one of the most literate countries on earth.
These two forms of the oral
tradition have been embraced for
centuries and reveal the spirit and soul
of the Afghan people.

Jabal os Saraj

AFGHN-12074NFLake at Band i Amir


In Afghanistan, the tradition of poetry writing and recitation dates back a thousand years.
To lend credibility to an argument, the preface,
“The poet says…”   denies the listener the opportunity to disagree.

Pul i Khumri






Every street of Kabul is enthralling to the eye
Through the bazaars, caravans of Egypt pass
One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs
And the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.
– Saeb-e-Tabrizik
Translation by Josephine Davis

00206_03, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002 final print_milan retouched_Sonny Fabbri 7/05/2015Kabul

If my heart trembles
for Kabul,
it’s for the slow step of summer noons,
siestas in my father’s house which,
heavy with mid-day sleep,
still weighs on my ribs…

It’s for the hawker’s cry
of the vegetable seller doing his rounds,
lost in my neighbours’ troubled dreams,
that my heart’s trembling.
– Shakila Azizzda



In Afghanistan, you don’t understand yourself solely as an individual.
You understand yourself as a son, a brother, a cousin to somebody,
an uncle to somebody.
You are part of something bigger than yourself.
– Khaled Hosseini

Jalalabad, Afghanistan, 1992, AFGHN-10225. Portrait of a man with cloudy beard. MAX PRINT SIZE: 30X40 final print_milan Portraits_Book In The Shadow of the Mountain_Book Looking East_Book PORTRAITS_book PORTRAITS_APP final print_Beetles and Huxley NYC9239, MCS1992006 K103 Retouched_Sonny Fabbri 02/05/2014 MAX PRINT SIZE: 30X40

 Yet even at their most turbulent, the Afghans have tended to impress
travellers with
their dignity and hospitality as much as their fierce independence.
– William Dalrymple,  author of Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839–42



Up to their ankles in mud, villages near Kandahar clear accumulated silt
from a karez, 
or underground channel, an ancient irrigation method.

00113_18, Shia Mosque, Chindawal,Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002. AFGHN-12669. A woman in Afghanistan. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 7/15/2015
Chindawal, Kabul

00214_06, Hazrat Ali Mosque, Mazar i Sharif, Afghanistan, 1992, AFGHN-10164NF7. Salat at Blue Mosque in Mazar-Sharif, Afghanistan, 1992. MAX PRINT SIZE: 30x40 Hazrat Ali Mosque final print_HERMITAGE final print_Zurich final print_Beetles and Huxley Fine Art Print retouched_Sonny Fabbri 05/28/2014

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River of Life

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2015 by stevemccurry

For more than 2000 years, travelers have walked, ridden,
prayed, traded, invaded, escaped, fought, and
died along the 1,500 miles of the Grand Trunk Road
which stretches from Kolkata to Kabul.

Tram, Calcutta, India, 1996; A Tram, Calcutta, India, 1996 MCS1996002 K010 Magnum Photos, NYC5923 Kolkata, India

This ribbon of humanity stretching Northwest from Kolkata,
the city of culture and joy, to Kabul, the city of conflict,
has been moving merchants, buyers, conquerors, refugees,
prophets, nomads and pilgrims through what is today
India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

01896_11, 508665, India 50 Years After, Calcutta, India, 10/1996, INDIA-10379. An Indian woman prepares a meal under a shampoo advertisement. India_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 02/03/2015

Kolkata, India

Here are some pictures of people and places I have taken along the route of the
Grand Trunk Road during the past thirty years.

Street scene, Calcutta, India, 1996
Kolkata, India

Howrah Station, Calcutta, India, 1983 As the midday sun streams through the skylights, passengers wait for their trains. Like a movie frozen in time, one can almost hear the noise of people talking, walking, coughing and laughing, and the clatter and screech of the trains as they arrive and depart, the sounds echoing beneath the high ceilings. Howrah Station, Calcutta, India, 1983. Pg. 27, Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs Phaidon, Iconic Images, final book_iconic The Imperial Way_Book Untold_book The Great Railway Bazaar_Book
Howrah Station, Kolkata

Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India, 2000, INDIA-10299. MAX PRINT SIZE: 40x60 Candles are a form of offering at the Tibetan Prayer Festival, during which thousands are lit under the Bodi tree. India's Mahabodhi Temple is steps from where Siddhartha achieved enlightenment and became the Buddha. His Four Noble Truths: Life entails suffering; suffering arises from attachment to desires; suffering stops when attachment does; to transcend life's pain, follow the Eightfold Path. A key practice is meditation. Magnum Photos, NYC31844, MCS2000009K010 Garfinkel, Perry. (December 2005). Buddha Rising. National Geographic. Vol.208, No.6, 95 Tibetan prayer festival at the site of the Bodhi tree, where Budda achieved enlightenment, Bodh Gaya, India, 2000. Pg 218, Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs. The Path to Buddha_Book Untold_book final print_UrbanArt'12 final print_milan Fine Art Print Retouched_Sonny Fabbri 05/21/2014
Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India

 Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism all developed along the route,
and Muslims proclaimed their beliefs on their journeys along the road.

Man immersed in American consumerism, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India, 2000. Magnum Photos, NYC31911, MCS2003002 K019
Bihar, India

Woman in Alleyway Varanasi. INDIA-10906, Varanasi, India, 2010
Varanasi, India

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, 1999, INDIA-10223NF. A man takes a drink of water from the river. final print_milan final print_Sao Paulo India_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 02/26/2015
Agra, India

“Look! Brahmins and chumars, bankers and tinkers,
barbers and bunnias, pilgrims – and potters – all the world going and coming.
It is to me as a river from which I am
withdrawn like a log after a flood.
And truly the Grand Trunk Road is a wonderful spectacle.
Such a river of life as no where else exists in the world.”
– Rudyard Kipling, Kim

00314_14, Dacca to Peshawar, Agra, India, 1983, INDIA-10711NF. People under a bridge with a passing train. The train is essential element of Indian life. For those unable to afford journey by plane, it offers an inexpensive way to travel throughout country. While working on his 'India by Rail' story for National Geographic Magazine, McCurry captured locals washing in the Yamuna River as a steam train passes by above. Phaidon, The Imperial Way, Iconic Images, final book_iconic National Geographic, June 1984, By Rail Across the Indian Subcontinent, Vol. 165, No. 6 The Imperial Way_Book India_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 02/25/2015
Bridge over Yamuna River near Agra, India

Two Monks at Red Fort, New Delhi, India, 1979 final print_milan final print_UrbanArt'12 retouched_Sonny Fabbri
Red Fort, Delhi, India

Allahabad, India, 1/2001, INDIA-10538. Hindu devotees walking towards Ganges during the Kumbha Mela Festival. retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 9/11/2014
Kumbh Mela, Hindu Pilgrimage, Allahabad, India

Amritsar, Punjab, India, 1996, INDIA-10440. Man with spear and horse. NYC65119, MCS1996002 K267 retouched_Sonny Fabbri 03/27/2015Amritsar, India

Along the route of the GT there is a  struggle between secular
modernity and the conservatism of ancient religions.

Amritsar, India, 1996, INDIA-10201.These men are praying before the Ber Baba Buddha tree, under which Baba Buddha, one of the gurus of Sikhism, would sit and meditate. In the background can be seen the famous Golden Temple. There is a satisfying visual balance between the three men all engaged in the act of worship. National Geographic Magazine. Vol. 191, No. 7, pg. 54, May 1997, India: Fifty Years of Independence. Magnum Photos, NYC5925, MCS1996002 K031 Phaidon, South Southeast, Iconic Images, final book_iconic, iconic photographs The tranquil and peaceful site of the Golden Temple, also known as Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib, completed in 1601 in Amritsar, Punjab, as a pilgrimage center and most sacred temple for the Sikhs. Steve McCurry: Photographs of Asia. Boca Raton Museum of Art. 2004, 44.The Golden Temple in Amritsar serves as the spiritual center for the world's 20 million Sikhs.
Golden Temple, Sikh Holiest Place of Worship, Amritsar, India

 The Grand Trunk Road served as the two way escape route for
75 million refugees caught between Indian and Pakistan during Partition.

00313_20, Decca to Peshawar, 1983, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, PAKISTAN-10101. A woman in front a of a mural. retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 03/21/2014Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Peshawar is strategically located at the crossroads of Central and South Asia

00063_10, Afghan border, Peshawar, Pakistan, 1984, PAKISTAN-10188. Quissa Khawani Bazaar, the Market of Storytellers, Peshawar, Pakistan, 1984. MAX PRINT SIZE: 40X60 MCS1984005K053, NYC134799 The Imperial Way_Book The Great Railway Bazaar_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 11/04/2014
Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Prayers, Peshawar, Pakistan, 1984 In a scene that has changed little in hundreds of years, these men are facing west towards Mecca, performing the sunset prayer: Salt Al-Maghrib. As dusk falls over the region, the red glow spreads out from the mountains as the men's teacher delivers a lesson, 11/1984 Phaidon, Iconic Images, final book_iconic, page 64. Iconic_Book
Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

01580_08, Peshawar, Pakistan, 1997, PAKISTAN-10157. A woman carries a sewing machine. Retouched_Sonny Fabbri 08/01/2013
Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

00286_01, 01535_12, Landi Kotal, Pakistan, 1983, PAKISTAN-10006 Train engineer, Khyber Pass, Landi Kotal, Pakistan, 1983. Pg 45, Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs Portraits_Book The Imperial Way_Book PORTRAITS_book Untold_bookLandi Kotal, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan

AFGHN-10025 (1)
Near the Afghan/Pakistan border

02087_14_, Afghan Border, 12/1984, AFGHN-14245NF. Train of camels walk down road by Afghan Border. retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 04/15/2015 Near the Afghan/Pakistan Border

02087_10, Afghan Border, 12/1984, AFGHN-14378. Crowded market in Afghanistan. retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 04/15/2015
Near the Afghan/Pakistan border

AFGHN-13080NF2 (3)Village near Surobi, Afghanistan

Children work in an opium field in Badakhshan, which is Afghanistan's largest producer of opium, Badakhshan, northern Afghanistan, 1992, final print_milan In The Shadow of the Mountain_Book final print_MACRO'11 final print_Beetles and Huxley Retouched_Sonny Fabbri 03/18/2014

Jalalabad, Afghanistan, 1992, AFGHN-10225. Portrait of a man with cloudy beard. MAX PRINT SIZE: 30X40 final print_milan Portraits_Book In The Shadow of the Mountain_Book Looking East_Book PORTRAITS_book PORTRAITS_APP final print_Beetles and Huxley NYC9239, MCS1992006 K103 Retouched_Sonny Fabbri 02/05/2014 MAX PRINT SIZE: 30X40
Jalalabad, Nangahar Province, Afghanistan

AFGHN-12467NF, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002, AFGHN-12467NF. Girl standing in the doorway of her home. This young girl lives in the ancient part of Kabul, which until the past decade was almost destroyed due to decades of war. Organizations like Turquoise Mountain (@TurquoiseMountain) are restoring parts of the old city, and are working to re-imagine and resurrect almost-forgotten crafts in order to provide people with skills which will enable them to have gainful employment. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 03/04/2015 Murad Khani, Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul is over 3,500 years old; many empires have  invaded the valley for its
strategic location along the trade routes of Central and South Asia.

00113_18, Shia Mosque, Chindawal,Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002. AFGHN-12669. A woman in Afghanistan. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 7/15/2015
Chindawal, Kabul, Afghanistan

AFGHN-12691NF2 (2)Kabul, Afghanistan

Along this road, forged by conquerors and invaders,
the GT facilitated some of the most significant historical developments which still affect us today.

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.


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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


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