Gatherings, Protests, and Celebrations

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts …
– William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”


Young Monks at Tashi Lhunpr, Xigaze, Tibet


New York City, USA




Via Condotti, Rome, Italy


Mumbai/Bombay, India

LEBANON-10067, Lebanon, Druze Elders, 03/1982

Druze elders, Lebanon


Debating Monks at Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India


One of Mumbai’s laughing clubs, India


Peshawar, Pakistan




Shia Mosque, Kabul, Afghanistan


Rajasthan, India


Monsoon Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal


Kumbh Mela Festival, India

It is wonderful, the power of a faith like that, that can make multitudes upon multitudes of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining.
– Mark Twain


Temporary pontoon bridges across the Ganges River help to facilitate movement of some of the thirty million Hindu devotees who will take part in the Kumbh Mela Festival, Allahabad, India.


Thrissur Pooram, Kerala, India

Thrissur Pooram is the most extravagent and colorful festival in Kerala.  Attended by tens of thousands of devotees, the festivities include dozens of caparisoned elephants.  These Indian elephants are loved, revered, groomed, and given a prestigious place in the state’s culture.


Thrissur Pooram, Kerala, India


Ganesh Chaturthi festival, Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai, India


Yangon, Burma/Myanmar during the Thingyan Festival


Jokhang Palace, Lhasa, Tibet



These young Wadabi men are taking part in the Garawal, an annual marriage ritual performed by the tribe. In this event, dramatic make-up is applied to the faces of the men, who dance and make exaggerated expressions in an attempt to attract new brides.

36 Responses to “Gatherings, Protests, and Celebrations”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    wow… amazing &beautiful photos. thanks sir for sharing photos

  2. Michelle Says:

    I’m in awe of these candid, apt, soulful images. Thank you so much for your gifts!

  3. Great collection Steve.. Regards

  4. simply incredible images, so raw..

  5. Worth of the work you done, excruciating good photography.

  6. WOW! What a collection…

  7. Eeep! Love it!
    Its so fascinating to see how gatherings can be such a lose term in our world. Some are beautiful, some are painful, but they all pull two humans together, as seen in your photos.
    Thanks for this!

  8. Thanks Steve for your efforts & Sharing this beautiful photographs.
    You are amazing. You are my superstar for Photography. I wish to meet you once in my life:-)


  9. Thank you very much for posting these inspirational and wonderful photos, Mr. Steve. You really have a wonderful eye for capturing each moment. You will truly be one of my favorite photographers. Will be looking forward for your next update, sir!

  10. a great collection..i particularly like the honesty and ease of the nudist gathering!!

  11. Great photoshot collection. Again there, great Mr. Steve.

  12. There it is, collective effervescence, captured. Beautiful.

  13. Gorgeous stage!

  14. Great shots again.
    I’m always amazed by the colours you capture!
    Thanks and kind regards,

  15. Once again, it’s mpossible for me to pick a favourite out of this marvellous series of images. There was no photography in Shakespeare’s time, but the quote rings true for street and documentary photographer’s today. As seen in these shots, one could easily image that the participants have posed expressly for the purpose of being photographed…

  16. Caro Sr.
    Nossa vida é uma eterna busca, por moradia, por melhores salarios, por um grande amor e certamente por um lugar no paraiso e cada um de nós encontra um caminho para atingir estes obejetivos, protestanto, cortejando , rezando.
    mas o importante é que façamos tudo isso com a força do coraçao.

  17. Really amazing! Great edit Steve.

  18. Hi Steve

    Once again you have proved that you are a master. Thrisoor pooram is excellent one.

  19. I am an amateur photographer. I am a very big fan of your work and once again, this collection makes me feel how much I have not seen and how much there is to do still. Your shots are spellbinding and beautiful. Thank you for letting us see your work and learn from them.

  20. Khalid Rahim Says:

    Steve, Beautiful exposure! When did you catch the crowd in the
    city of Peshawar, Is it in Kissa Khani Baazar or Yadgar Square?

  21. Amazing collection again, Mr. Steve.

  22. Thank You for sharing those incredible photos from this part of the world.

  23. Very impressive. Thanks for sharing these realites!

  24. Very inspiring:)

  25. Great work as always, thanks for sharing

  26. Awesome images and visual world wander. there are answers and difficult questions there.

  27. As I told several times that you have the ability to present a story by the pictures from whole world ! Great use of human element ! Another great work from you !

  28. Great collection…

    Thanks for sharing

  29. Wonderfull images, Thanks steve

  30. kuldeep Says:

    Thansk steve, for sharing the feeling of togetherness in the visual form.

  31. 21 Photos from all over the world and 11 photos from INDIA !!!!

  32. Margarida Says:

    I enjoy travelling through your eyes. Thanks.

  33. awesome…visual treat!…esp Thirussur Puram and Kumbh Mela pics, thnx

  34. What an interesting world we live in. Thank you for sharing some of it with us.

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