Archive for February, 2010

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

Unseen, Unpublished Redux

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2010 by stevemccurry

Over the years I have shot close to a million pictures.  Many of them have been published in my books, in magazines, and seen in my exhibitions and on my website. Most have never been seen.  Here are a few of those pictures.

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Cambodia, Angkor Wat, 1999

 

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Tibet, 2008

 

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Tibet, 2001

 

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Violinist in an outdoor market, Morocco,1988

 

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Morocco, 1988

 

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Nomad, Kham, Tibet, 2004

 

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Jodhpur, India, 1996

 

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Kashmir, 1998

 

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Yemen, 1997

 

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Tibet, 2001

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