Ways of Seeing

Windows, Mirrors, and Reflections

Tibetans, Tibet, 2001Tibet

I can’t play bridge. I don’t play tennis.
All those things that people learn, and I admire, there hasn’t seemed time for.
But what there is time for is looking out the window.
– Alice Munro


 BURMA-10214Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma/Myanmar


“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.”   – John Berger

BURMA-10166NF, Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma, February 2010Burma/Myanmar

Hazara Boy, Kabul, Afghanistan

THAILAND-10025, Thailand; 2007Thailand


Sauna, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002Kabul, Afghanistan

 Mirrors have been the subject of ancient myths, folktales, literature, and superstitions for centuries.
They are often used as a metaphor for insight into one’s self.   

Restaurant, Kunduz, Afghanistan, 2002, final book_iconicKunduz, Afghanistan

Lebanon-10045, Lebanon, 03/1982Beirut, Lebanon

00202_ 20, Woman in Photography Studio in Lhasa, Tibet, Tibetans, 09/2001, 2001Tibet

 Yangon, Burma, February 2010Yangon, Burma/Myanmar

I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
Whatever I see, I swallow immediately.
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike
I am not cruel, only truthful
The eye of a little god, four-cornered.
– Sylvia Plath

AFGHN-12590, Jalalabad, Nangarhar, Afghanistan, 1989Jalalabad,  Afghanistan

_SM18082_adj; Cuba; 2010, LATIN_AMERICA-10142 Havana, Cuba

PAKISTAN-10030NF2, Pakistan, 1981,Pakistan

BURMA-10372NF2, Burma/Myanmar, 02/2011 Burma/Myanmar

 In Greek mythology, Narcissus, looking into a pool of water, did not understand that
he saw his own reflection, and fell in love with himself.

INDIA-10754-(1)Agra, India


“I became startled by the extraordinary difference between something whose surface is completely invisible which only makes itself present by virtue of what it reflects, and a window, which doesn’t make itself apparent at all…”
–  Jonathan Miller
India, Kumbh Mela

45 Responses to “Ways of Seeing”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Remarkable works of art!

  2. great perspectives… thanks for sharing!

  3. RedCat430 Says:

    I’ve always been fascinated by windows and mirrors! They can reveal so many things! Thank you!

  4. True inspiration!

  5. Great photos and so inspiring!:) Nice to find you here.

  6. Having a subject like a frame, window or mirror in the fore ground adds an extra dimension, very nice

  7. janek Says:

    Excellent collection

  8. Great collection !

  9. Abi M. Pulikeezh Says:

    This post shows how much you love people.

  10. mcebacal Says:

    Amazing photos, as usual. Thank you for sharing with us, Steve.

    Do you think it might be possible that when we click on a picture, it can link to a larger version of that picture? Right now, when you click through the picture, it only goes to that picture alone, of the same size. It would be so great to see your pictures in larger sizes, to really get a sense of the detail of it.

  11. Great photos, great stories. Congratulations, Mr McCurry. Thank you!

  12. Not only amazing photo’s
    {again:) }
    but I also like the way you used these theme’s Window/Mirror!
    kind regards,
    Corina (the Netherlands)

  13. Hetty Laenens Says:

    Thank you for all these beauty

  14. These photographs are to see,learn & only to enjoy.

  15. steve – a beautiful post – thanks for sharing your thoughts

  16. Kirti Says:

    These pictures are beautiful reflections of moods and moments …. thanks for sharing ….

  17. sir u are master of color photography…every time i look at ur photos i cant believe someone can be that good with color…thank u for ur art.

  18. Beautiful portraits as always .

    Thanks for posting

  19. Terri Says:

    Beautiful , inspiring work with so much food for thought . Thank you

  20. great …inspiring.. thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  21. Anonymous Says:

    Awesome Collections, i am a very big fan of u mr.steve.

  22. grayback23 Says:


  23. Great portrait photography and some interesting new angles

  24. Muy buenas !!! Very good !!!

  25. beautiful portraits! how i wish i had the eye of seeing people the way you do:-)

  26. Hope soon I could meet you in some lost place in the World. Very inspiring work!

  27. Nestor Maniebo Pestelos Says:

    These pictures are stunningly beautiful and worth our quiet reflections as do great works of art. Thanks for sharing.

  28. mbyandoc@yahoo.com Says:

    I wish that I would have such power of sight that each time I look out of my window I would see Steve’s pictures.

  29. Once again, a pleasure to look at.

  30. This is really wonderful! Great work!

  31. Great Work !…as usual😉

  32. margarida marques Says:

    A pleasure for the eyes and for our souls. Thanks for sharing these photos with us.

  33. Caro Sr Steve
    Há um poeta brasileiro chamado Mario Quintana que escreveu
    “”Quem não compreende um olhar,
    Tampouco compreenderá uma longa explicação.””

    Nosso olhar espressa o que se passa em nosso coração.
    Lindas fotos, tenho acompanhado seu trabalho através de seu blog,seu site, seus livros( possuo alguns) e fotos publicadas na National Geographic.
    Obrigado por compartilhar tanta sensibilidade

  34. Great work…as usual…

  35. amazing portraits

  36. Alfredo Oliva Says:

    Wonderful pictures, Steve.
    And dont forget that a mirror is a window to your self.

  37. Thak you for sharing, great work! Love it!

  38. Excelente. Una más interesante que la otra. Adoro tus fotografías, Steve. Sos mi favorito:)

  39. Ana Lima Says:

    No matter how much I know about your work, you’re always surprising me.

    Thanks for sharing and for being an inspiration

  40. Thank you very much for the window ! Amazing work …

    Best regards …

  41. Judi Heim Says:

    Wonderful pictures, inspiring, thoughtful words…this is what all of us need to see and read – thank you

  42. Amazing photos! Love all of them.

  43. “Kashmir” photo is amazing..

  44. Wonderful portraits and amazing landscapes. Thank You so much for sharing.

    Kind Regards.

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