After Dark

I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
– Vincent Van Gogh



Hong Kong


The man who has seen the rising moon break out of the clouds
at midnight has been present like an archangel at the
creation of light and of the world
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mumbai, India

One moon lights a thousand forevers…
– Meng Chiao
New York, NY
There is something haunting in the light of the moon;
it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and
something of its inconceivable mystery.
– Joseph Conrad
 Sava River Valley, Slovenia

It seemed to be a necessary ritual that he should prepare himself for sleep by
meditating under the solemnity of the night sky…
a mysterious transaction between the infinity of the soul and the infinity of the universe.
– Victor Hugo

New York, NY
Night, when words fade and things come alive.
When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again.
When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Mumbai, India

Day, like a weary pilgrim, had reached the western gate of heaven, and
Evening stooped down to unloose the latchets of his sandal shoon.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion

 Sri Lanka

O radiant Dark!  O darkly fostered ray!
Thou hast a joy too deep for shallow Day.
– George Eliot

Shwedagon Pagoda, Rangoon, Burma/Myanmar
Sicily, Italy

To me at least was never evening yet
But seemed far beautifuller than its day.
~Robert Browning, The Ring and the Book


 La Fortuna, Honduras


Most glorious night!
Thou wert not sent for slumber!
~Lord Byron



Learn to reverence night and to put away the vulgar fear of it,
for, with the banishment of night from the experience of man,
there vanishes as well a religious emotion,
a poetic mood, which gives depth to the adventure of humanity.
– Henry Beston

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

63 Responses to “After Dark”

  1. These are quite lovely —- what a treat to discover your blog!!

  2. Beautiful!! I am a night owl myself, I love to be awake at night when i can. I feel more alive at night. Long live the night!

  3. Steve, thank you for the beauty of your photos…they allow us to share the experience, voyeuristically….would love to be there with you, seeing it as you do….. you’re an inspiration and an artist that we all should support…another book?
    there’s not one photo that i love more than the next…they’re all gems!

  4. Jorge R. Mejias Says:

    Great Series, very nice environmental photography..

  5. Nuria Says:

    Thanks for makes me dream in a beautiful world called Earth. Congrats!

  6. luisa Says:

    Adore your work, each image you capture draws me in, wanting to learn the story of your subject from the expressions you capture… just wonderful…

  7. AMIT DHAR Says:


  8. Excellent work !!!

  9. Prasanna Says:

    breath-taking pictures each one of them… i found the one from “La Fortuna, Honduras” particularly heart-wrenching… wonder what’s the story behind the picture…. why’s the girl so sad?

  10. I love your beautiful work.

  11. Guillermo Teran Says:

    Excelent photos !!! Van Gogh would agree with that.

  12. Wonderful! compelling and thought-provoking! New ides keep emerging! Thanks guru Steve!

    Kindly give your blessings, visiting my latest photoessay “Work is worship” –

    Thanks and regards.

  13. A wonderful collection of photos. So inspiring.

  14. Best photographer ever? One of my faves and one the best, for sure.

  15. SMITHA Says:

    supeb Steve!!

  16. Beautiful collection… amazed to see the richness, reality and colors of life after dark.

    Thank for posting:)

  17. Reblogged this on Oxford School of Photography and commented:
    Too good to pass by, have a look at this selection from Steve McCurry

  18. Anonymous Says:

    inspired so much.. great work always ~~~~~

  19. The splendidness of it all! Awestruck by these glimpses. Thank you.

  20. Amazing photo as always, you are my inspiration to shoot with film again.

  21. laurabast Says:

    These are incredible. Thank you so much for the poetic lines interspersed…makes the photographs especially poignant

  22. Amaaaaaaaazing pictures !!!!

  23. I love the bearded man from Mombay…I love the Power of his eyes…I do not think he would pose for just anybody….But you got it!,,,Thanks again,,,,!,,,

  24. Splendide

  25. A book in the making , like these a lot

  26. moving, simply moving….an overdose of emotions

  27. Anonymous Says:

    amazing, as always

  28. sagar chatterjee Says:


  29. Very impressive work. I would love to have you contribute one or more of your photos to my Word Press site charaleeg or at least provide a link to your Word Press site so that my viewers can also see your work.

  30. Tremendas fotografias …todas de un ealismo imprecionantes Felicidades
    que peqño me quedo con mi blog

  31. fantastic set of photos!

  32. Fabulous photos, as ever: the beauty of humanity shines through your images.

  33. I just love the colour in your photos. Another stunning series.

  34. RedCat430 Says:

    The moon, city lights, fire… all beautiful!

  35. Reblogged this on The Clinical Journal and commented:
    I’m glad I decided to take a tiny break (while preparing for the upcoming surgery test) and saw this post. Thanks for making my day Steve Mccurry!

  36. Your work always makes me feel closer to nature, beauty, life and in a way, love.:) You’re simply the best!

  37. Amazing photos! Thank you

  38. i am so in love with your work.

  39. teodoriaa Says:

    Your work reaches the depth of my heart! Your talent is admirable and a truly unique one!

  40. Always a pleasure. Always a story to imagine after each photo. Thanks for sharing

  41. Every time I see your blog pop up in my email inbox, I feel as though a beautiful gift, a gift from the world itself, has been deliverd to my front door. Your photographs and the accompanying quotes are lanterns in the night. Thank you so much.

  42. Please share the exposure settings of the first picture with this kid in Afghanistan. Please! That would help me a lot…

  43. ah, the taxi driver is just classic.

    and i really like the sicilian photo as well.

    thanks for sharing your excellent work!


  45. Pauline Stevens Says:

    I agree. Nigh is beautiful and unexpected pictures come alive.

  46. Very nice works. It is interesting and seems like the Dynamic range of film is much much greater than even very good Dynamic Ranges in digital cameras.

  47. Anonymous Says:

    gr8 pictures…….

  48. Guzmán Says:

    what a joy to watch these photographs in these times of darkness

  49. Lydia Kuniholm Says:

    I’ve always been a big fan of your photographs, but I am a recent reader of your blog. I love the way you have inserted your quotes from famous people to accompany the pictures. I eagerly await you each and every post! What an inspiring experience!

  50. Reblogged this on Jenny's Serendipity and commented:
    One of my fave photographers of all time..Steve McCurry..Gotta love the Kodachromes..

  51. Amazing photos!
    Your my fave….

  52. Always an inspiration.

  53. Anonymous Says:

    Always an inspiration.

  54. Thanks for these wonderful photos. Very inspiring.

  55. in this photo i like dark and light

  56. continues to inspire me…

  57. Some amazing pictures here… always wondered how you could shoot night images when using Kodachromes low ISO


  58. Brilliant work, as always!

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