On the Road

Stories about roads and journeys are as old as humankind.  One of the earliest “on the road” stories was Homer’s Odyssey, from 800 B.C.E., the story of Odysseus’ journey home after the Trojan Wars.

AFGHN-12211Southern Afghanistan

NIGER-10001NFMadaoua, Niger


From Homer to Dante,  Xuanzang , Marco Polo and Cervantes to Halliburton, to Kerouac, Durell, Theroux, Iyer, writers have taken their readers along on their roads, whether the journey is  fiction, non-fiction, or a combination of both.

MAURITANIA-10003Tiguent, Mauritania


  The words, “on the road”, can mean many things.  To the salesman, it is a time away from home trying to sell products.  To the explorer, it means setting off on an  adventure.  A road trip for athletes means that they’re playing in a different city.  To a homeless person, being on the road means the search for food and shelter.  To a Buddhist, the road may symbolize the path to enlightenment.  For refugees, the road is an escape route and symbolizes hope and safety.

AFGHN-12804NFBamiyan, Afghanistan



AFGHN-12880Near the Afghan/Pakistan border






AFGHN-10072NF5Kabul, Afghanistan



KUWAIT-10007NFAhmadi Oil Fields, Kuwait



INDIA-10837Calcutta/Kolkata, India



INDIA-10461Calcutta/Kolkata, India



INDIA-10841Rajasthan, India


“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson




USA-10208Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA

CUBA-10022Havana, Cuba



 INDIA-10206Calcutta/Kolkata, India






AFGHN-12499NF2Kabul, Afghanistan



INDIA-10405NFPorbandar, Gujarat, India



CAMBODIA-10082NF2Angkor, Cambodia


The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began,
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

– Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien


TIBET-10403Kham, Tibet


TIBET-10510Amdo, Tibet

47 Responses to “On the Road”

  1. Hi : ) I think all your pictures are from an another word ! I’m just 14 but i wish in the future I will travel as many as you and do pohotos ! I never see photos that are so poignant… I love doing pictures but, I’m scared that there are to many people how do that brillant, and I’m only in dreams as good as they … Are you feels lucky that you do all this pictures ? Is it not a little bit terrible for you that you saw so many pain, disasters and cruelty ? (sorry for my english, but i’m from Poland)

  2. definitely some very inspiring and emotional images

  3. hi sir
    An exhibition of young photographers wish to be part of your photos in the exhibition to learn from young people
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  4. unnikrishnantc@gmail.com Says:

    its superrrrbbbb….really an inspiration for those like me ..who just started their photography life…:)
    Thank u….

  5. This is simply mesmerizing ! Simplicity at its best . . . And you have made some unbeatable journeys with a wide variety, with perfect moments captured with your vision.

    Truly worth observing ! Keep going . . .
    I say . . . take me along as well😀

    Ankit Mavchi.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    It’s amazing!!! I love it!!!!!

  7. es increible como atravez de tus fotos uno aprende estilos y costumbres diferentes , y ese lente magico que capta todas las emociones!!!!

    YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!

  8. Belén Gesualdo Says:

    No hay una sola foto tuya que no me deje perpleja!!!!! SOs increíble! Miro mil veces la misma foto y cada vez descubro algo nuevo!!!

  9. Steve,

    Thanks for sharing your amazing work with us, you are my inspiration.

  10. this was startlingly beautiful….. thanx.

  11. I love it!!!!! realy amezing!

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  13. Wow, these photos are amazing! I wish that I could take photos half as well! but I am learning. I love your blog

  14. Such an extraordinary photos! I am glad to stumble upon your BLOG. Thank you for sharing

  15. Sir..

    its simply brilliant work here:)
    Your each and every attempt r well appreciated..

    my blog of the day for sure..

  16. nabilakhanam@gmail.com Says:

    How wonderful, Steve! You seem to be the most fortunate person to have visited all these places and photographed the moments so beautifully which are not only a treat to the eyes but thought-provoking too! Love your work. Thanks for sharing.

  17. tgarufi Says:

    YOU ARE THE BEST Sir McCurry !

  18. Steve, fantastic series! Little girl from Kabul, little boy from Angkor, man carrying his daughter (?) across the waters, little Amish girl in a carriage, gentle man from Rajasthan with terrific red turban, little girl from Mauritania, and the horsman from Amdo, Tibet with amazing, amazing light — these pictures have touched me deeply!

    Greg Shanta

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  20. The road less travelled…what beautiful, evocative treasures these are. A wonderful affirmation of our spirit to overcome our difficulties and maintain our humanity no matter what. Thank you so much for giving us these amazing images.

  21. Faraz Nizamani Says:

    Genius, as always.. you’ve always been my inspiration, steve.

    Keep it up.

  22. Caro Sr Steve.
    Aqui no Brazil utilizamos muito a espressao “‘ estou na estrada”” que significa que continuo seguindo adiante, que não desisti e continuo lutando.
    Nesta epoca do ano, Carnaval, as pessoas saem as ruas para demonstrar e compartilhar sua alegria e principalmente demonstrar que com sua alegria continuam acreditando no futuro, ou se ja se mantem na estrada

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  24. Margarida Says:

    Very beautiful and touching photos. Thanks for sharing with us.

  25. Lovely lovely pictures… Each picture tells a story.. Lovely theme.. You surely are a great inspiration.. Awaiting for more

  26. Amazing collection ! Really you can only make these kind of story ! You pick one them and you can produce so many photos of the same thing around the globe ! Thai is great ! Really great ! Great collection !

  27. kuldeep Says:

    Mr Steve,
    I am a new Fan of your Photographs, Your photos are as always touching the Life so closely, I wonder If I could every be able to reach somewhere near to your great works. Thanks for sharing your touching experiences of life and places.

  28. Kathleen Barnes Says:

    Haunting and arresting work. I am so grateful to have found your website. Thank you for sharing your work.

  29. Emma-Jane Page Says:

    Love this blog. I can only dream of being as good a photographer as you are. Thank you so much for the inspiration to visit places and see more than just the top layer of the story.

  30. Thought provoking images. Thank you for sharing.

  31. Wonderful! What a Nice job: travelling and meeting différent civilization.

  32. Thanks for sharing another beautiful series of photographs.

    It will be great to see your photographs of Kashmir on your blog, so far I only remember one which was taken on boat in Dal lake, but I am sure there will be many more breathtaking as always:)

  33. Fantastic, as always.

  34. Your photos are deeply affecting. They convey truth, beauty, and concern for this fragile world in which we live and journey. Portraits resonate with respect for their subjects. Thank you for sharing both your photographs and the thoughts which accompany them.

  35. Jocelyn Says:

    I was reading through Magnum in my university library yesterday and I remember the third to last photograph very vividly.

    Your photographs make feel very alive! With so much to see so much to do.. thank you for the inspiration!

  36. Very very nice series … Congretulations !!

  37. Oh Master ! Such grace lingers in these photos !

    The photo from Rajesthan, India of a man and his Red turban – such Red, I have seldom seen !

  38. Beautiful! Your photos inspire me to travel more and photograph more. (And I’m already doing it full-time!)

    Thank you so much for sharing your work.

  39. Pat Digre Says:

    One thing we all seem to have in common is that we are always on the move, either to familiar locations or new destinations.

    We walk, ride, swim, fly….always in motion. It binds us together.

  40. Thank you Mr. MacCurry for sharing your always great work! Hopefully the life takes to me by as interesting “roads” as those that you have been crossed…

  41. AMAZING! just amazing pictures…
    I love your style!
    It’s a pleasure for the eyes and the brain to see this beautiful pictures and think at what’s behind them.

  42. As always, your work is an inspiration to photographers like me. Thanks for sharing your picture of the world

  43. Sencillamente genial, maestro!!! Una maravilla de post!!

  44. Your photos intrigue and inspire me and have for the longest time! I’m such a fan of your work! In my own art, my quest is to find photographs to paint from that have a presence and evoke a mission within to gain access to that wondrous creative portal. You do it through your photos!

  45. There are roads who leads to many places. Which one we choose? The right one, I think. Beautiful photos!

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