The World’s Ride

The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.
– William Saroyan


It would not be at all strange if history came to the conclusion that the
perfection of the bicycle was the greatest event of the nineteenth century.





 The first real grip I ever got on things
Was when I learned the art of pedaling
– Seamus Heaney

West Bengal, India 



Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race.
– H.G. Wells


A bicycle does get you there and more… And there is always the thin edge of danger to
keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. Dogs become dogs
again and snap at your raincoat; potholes become personal.
And getting there is all the fun.
– Bill Emerson, On Bicycling, Saturday Evening Post, 1967


The Bicycle
Wheels  carry me from
Youth to middle to old age
Never complaining
– K. Earle


Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.
– John F. Kennedy


Kabul, Afghanistan

The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man.
Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish.
Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.

– Iris Murdoch



I feel that I am entitled to my share of lightheartedness and there is
nothing wrong with enjoying one’s self simply, like a boy.
– Leo Tolstoy, Responding to criticism for learning to ride a bicycle at age 67

Oldest West African mud mosque, Djenne, Mali

Longmen Caves, Henan Province, Louyang, China



Life is like riding a bicycle.
To keep your balance you must keep moving.
– Albert Einstein

Kesennuma, Japan



I began to feel that myself plus the bicycle equaled myself plus the world,
upon whose spinning wheel we must all learn to ride, or fall into the sluiceways of
oblivion and despair. That which made me succeed with the bicycle was precisely
what had gained me a measure of success in life —
it was the hardihood of spirit that led me to begin, the persistence of will that held me to my task,
and the patience that was willing to begin again when the last stroke had failed.
– Frances E. Willard


We would love to hear from you.
What themes and/or topics would you like to see in future posts?

151 Responses to “The World’s Ride”

  1. Amazing story of bicycle and human

  2. […] The bicycle – the world’s ride – photos by Steve McCurry […]

  3. Reblogged this on Simona Prilogan and commented:
    “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” (A. Einstein)
    Beautiful photos! Thanks Steve for sharing them!

  4. Ana Ferreira Says:

    I recently decided to pick some theme to become more motivated and self oriented at phorograpy.
    I picked “people reading” and suddenly seems like you ser a brand new world of readers:-) that’s what so fantastic about photography…
    Then i searched for similar ideais and found your work. I really like it and inspired me a lot.
    Congratulations and keep mooving:-) thank you.

  5. color coconut Says:

    you are a true inspiration ! i wish the world meets each other through photographs like these and we only make love not war

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Keep walking, seeing, clicking and finding conversations and quotes. Your color sense is really strong, I have watched your work for years, always a pleasure.

  7. very nice pictures, looking great and everything simple

  8. Reblogged this on Sapna's Blog and commented:
    Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
    – Albert Einstein

  9. arunabha gupta Says:

    Loved your photographs, just surreal…:)

  10. Thank you for this spectacular post. I linked it to my blog ( ), and am now an avid follower. Looking forward to seeing more of the world through your lens

  11. Reblogged this on Julia B Whitmore's Blog and commented:
    This is a spectacular blog! Update on my quest to bicycle 104 times in 52 weeks. Week 18: rode/commuted 2 times. Grand total: 50 (14 rides in the bank).

  12. Vindya Fernando Says:

    Of course,this is the best blog I’ve ever visited!!! You are my hero Mr.Mc Curry…I don’t like to immitate others , but can’t help doing that whenever I go through your excellent work…. Thanks very much for sharing them!!!

  13. Very nice work

  14. Anonymous Says:

    What a fantastic way to post! So creative and I love the pics and quotes!

  15. Enjoying bykes through the art of a master…

  16. Darliane Says:

    Absolutely awesome, posts, style, all!

  17. Superb! i’ve really enjoyed your blog.

  18. Caterine Says:

    Appreciate your posts as always! thanks.

  19. Eloísa Says:

    thanks for sharing such a lovely stuff

  20. Anonymous Says:

    Indeed such pleasure to look at the wonderful photos.

  21. […] travelled the world capturing life and emotions. I adore his blog and loved this post called ‘The World’s Ride’. For those of you who have ever had a love affair with a bike and the freedom it brings no […]

  22. Miguel Says:

    Suggestions for future subjects : translucent images (due to fog, smoke, sand storms, etc); mirrors.
    Great blog, thank you so much for sharing!

  23. Carmem Dos Satos Says:

    thanks for the post

  24. Anonymous Says:

    This is one of the most interesting blogs that i have ever seen.

  25. thanks for the your wonderful pictures as always!!

  26. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks for the your wonderful pictures as always!!!
    I pray that your great works and care for you.

  27. Eleonara Says:

    thanks for the great post!

  28. Photographe professionnel…

    […]The World’s Ride « Steve McCurry's Blog[…]…

  29. […] Sehr schicke Fahrrad-Fotos gibt bei Steve McCurry im Blog. Die Fotos stammen aus der ganzen Welt, von Japan über Kambodscha, Indien, Afghanistan, Marokko und Tahiti ist einiges dabei. Und überall spielt das Fahrrad eine wichtige Rolle. Anschauen lohnt sich! […]

  30. Evelise Says:

    appreciate your posts as always! thanks.

  31. Reblogged this on raven writes… and commented:
    Do visit Steve’s blog for more brilliant posts…

  32. Vindya Fernando Says:

    This is wonderful Mr.Mc Curry…I love bikes!!! I love rides and most of all I live your work!!!!!!!

    This is the best blog I’ve ever vsited!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Really great post!

  34. great work, i love bicycles – i love your photos

  35. kyawsoethu Says:

    Great photos

  36. great post. thank for sharing.

  37. These shots are amazing! I love how accessible cycling is to every man, woman and child, and these images capture that. You’re talent shines through in every picture.

  38. mandayamr Says:

    Love your work Steve…a request if you could consider..would it all be possible for you to somehow include the month & year in which you have shot a picture along with the location?

  39. Great post!!! I love the idea, bicycle in many countries!!! And you successful described life in those countries. Thank you for sharing!!!

  40. Carolina Ruiz-Bs As Argentina Says:

    Excelentes Imagenes..!!
    Usted es una fuente de inspiración para mi ..Cuanto talento .. y cuanto de este mundo que estoy conociendo gracias a usted!!
    Gracias por compartirlo..

  41. Beautiful images and beautiful quotes!
    Themes suggestions, if I may:
    Bare hands pictures: working with clay-wood-metal, knitting, basket knitting, harvesting, preparing the soil to accept grain (via plow and animals), writing with pencil …

  42. Great post! I love the 6th and the 8th pictures… keep on posting great stuff…😀

  43. landscapes, nature and skies, I’d love to see what amazing shots Steve has done along the many years of his career.

    Thanks again for sharing that beautiful universe and vision of the world, it’s really a treat for the eyes and for the humanity within us, these pictures are telling so much….

  44. Reblogged this on PrioryVilla and commented:
    think we have got most of these models in our garage…. great photos! The worlds a colourful place and the humble bike fits in everywhere.

  45. PeacefulPete Says:

    Reblogged this on Albany Community Environment Centre and commented:
    some cycing inspirations from around the planet

  46. Anonymous Says:

    amazing! Go to Yogyarkarta and document the bicycle culture there

  47. Evandra Says:

    quite interesting blog. thanks for posting.

  48. thank you sir!

  49. […] World´s Ride Por Alex Dobbie Por casualidad me he topado con una entrada del blog de Steve McCurry´s que incluye una galería de fotos de bicicletas, que lleva por título “The World´s […]

  50. Anonymous Says:


  51. very nice

  52. Caroline Says:

    your work’s fine.

  53. Adiles Says:

    it’s an awesome post.

  54. fioretti paola Says:

    c’e verita’ nelle tue foto, continua e’ un piacere vederle

  55. excellent post, excellent shots.

  56. Almira Says:

    thanks for the post..

  57. Great pictures!!!! Everytime I see one I think…”This is my favourite!!” and then…I see the next one….Thanks a lot !!!

  58. i just want to say i like it and thanks.

  59. Huy Le Says:

    beautiful life. This my dream… Steve, Thank you

  60. your blog is really excellent.

  61. liberula Says:

    Incredible! Great work…!

  62. […] questo link la gallery completa. Tweet !function(d,s,id){var […]

  63. Dear Mr. Steve Mcccurry your photographs makes me speechless! I really don’t understand how could you manage all elements in a single frame so perfectly within micro seconds. I am also trying to be a photographer for last few years. Hope one day I’ll get a chance to work with you as a stringer in Dhaka or anywhere in Bangladesh!
    Thank you!
    Indranil Kishor

  64. Irmo C. vidor Says:


  65. budhi m soehono Says:

    Wow.. nice shot!!
    Biker on the world..

  66. China once had, but sadly abandoned, a real chance to be the only country in the world with all of her people being healthy bicycle riders and all of her cities without car pollution and traffic jams.

  67. Albertina Says:

    cool post

  68. Gary Liong Says:

    Your photographs truly captured the relevance amd spirit of this humble means of conveyance. I do admire all your works.

  69. Anonymous Says:

    bel lavoro -mi piace

  70. You are a truly gifted and inspiring photographer!

  71. Great collection!
    You missed the Dutch, we’re quite some bikers as well!!😀
    kind regards, Corina

  72. awesome pics… very good feelings in this shoots.

  73. Desiree Fourment Says:

    Exquisito viaje visual !!!
    Bravo !
    Como dirían los franceses: Chapeau !

  74. Carmen Says:

    awesome blog..i enjoyed reading. keep posting.

  75. Anonymous Says:

    le thème est original et les photos magnifiques, que du bonheur à regarder, merci!!!!

  76. Dagmar Says:

    This is so beautiful i have to congratulate you for this

  77. Marilia Says:

    Thank you, Mr. McCurry. Your work is one of the finest I know. There is no technical knowledge that can possible beat sensibility and genius.
    You are a master. But I think, by this time, you already know it.
    Hats off.

  78. Wonderful! I like very much the one with the train in WB, India!

  79. […] his images of the September 11, 2001 attack of the World Trade Center in New York City — has posted on his blog a selection of shots from all over the world that happen to feature […]

  80. What a post! The pictures are absolutely stunning and together with the words they gave me goose bumps.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful work!

  81. puls stacja Says:

    Thanks for sharing.

  82. Carminha Says:

    please keep on posting such quality.

  83. Superb yet again.

  84. Adriza Says:

    your blog site is really awesome!

  85. Great subjects. Fantastic and so inspiring shots, like always.

  86. Reblogged this on Oxford School of Photography and commented:
    Here in Oxford the bicycle reigns, Steve shows it is much the same the world over.

  87. SMITHA Says:


  88. Steve,

    Congratulations! Awesome set of picture. I love this theme. Bicycles are really an interesting thing to make pictures. There are different kind of bicycles around the world. Great work. Thanks for inspiring all of us.


  89. Just adding to all the other comments. Your work is brilliant, breathtaking and inspiring. Thank you.

  90. Analice Says:

    Awesome blog.

  91. Arnalda Says:

    Thanks for the share.

  92. Anonymous Says:

    Such a great series of images… Thanks!

  93. A great collection of shots. I love the bikes with the rod brakes – a staple in China and many developing countries.

    Thanks for sharing.

  94. Rajat Shanbhag Says:

    you always make me want to pick my camera and get traveling. Every time!!!!

  95. Marina Says:

    I love you, Steve McCurry.

  96. Carlos Ferreira Says:

    I’ve been “Ah” and “Oo”-ing in the last few minutes. Wonderful shots.

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  98. […] was a series of pictures of people with bicycles. Both were quite, quite brilliant. Take a look at The World’s Ride […]

  99. I’ve just lost my bicycle, but I’ll get another one. Thank you for sharing this with us, steve. You’re photographs are great as ever. So are people (and bike) on it.

  100. Beautiful theme and compilation of images, as always, Steve. Thank you.

  101. Steve McCurry,

    this might seem scary.. but is it not… please… can’t we meet in Philly some day… I am an ER nurse who travels with Operation Smile yearly.. your choice of choosing a subject, and gathering it in abundance, and making it poignant… LOVE IT… I love your work… Breathtaking, pointed and beautiful…

  102. Nancy T Says:

    Absolutely wonderful commentary and images!

  103. really nice blog!

  104. Kaushal Kumar Singh Says:

    Always beautiful.

  105. bulbul mankani Says:

    Such perfection: lighting, faces and framing. You are a genius!

  106. just goes to show how popular bikes are the world over

  107. I return to visit your photographs again and again and always see something new that draws me in. I love the image of the train with bicycles tied to the side in India and the man on a bike holding onto the table tied to the back of the truck in Afghanistan. It’s the wheelbarrow that calls out to me. To paraphrase William Carlos Williams: “So much depends on a green wheelbarrow…”

    A beautiful series.

  108. Varlice Says:

    Lois Bryan, me too…

  109. Great moments sir Steve! You are an inspiration.

  110. José Correia Says:

    Uma aula de fotografia, uma linda história de vida. Belas fotos sempre.

  111. I often wish that the United States was a more bicycle friendly country. I’m sure there are some places here that are, but in most places cyclists are at the mercy of the cars whose drivers who seem to make a sport of not sharing the roadway. These are such excellent shots! I particularly love the one of the Cambodian toddler, such a simple solution to a child seat yet so ingenious!

  112. I just saw your photos in Øksnehallen, Copenhagen today. Such beautiful and powerful images of moments in life around the world! I loved the exhibition! The rest of the day I have been thougthful and with an urge to travel. Thank you! :)

  113. Vivek Sahi Says:

    you are an inspiration. :)

  114. thank you, mr. McCurry

  115. such exquisite stories here!!!!!!! Do you need anyone to carry your camera bag??? I am available!!!!!!!

  116. Just love them all…

  117. aytacgok Says:

    Reblogged this on 10th Village and commented:

  118. Steve Mccurry is someone who inspires me to capture the image. Indeed, I am touched by his image – I want to capture the soul of human being as well:) – though I am just learning now!

  119. Serie di foto stupende!

  120. Laura Carraro Says:

    Come sempre è un piacere guardare le tue foto. Grazie Steve

  121. Such varied images that have captured the essence of that space, time, people, and the emotion there! Followed by those beautiful quotes, these create a deep impact. Thank you for this lovely post!

  122. Paulina Rodriguez Arango Says:

    Steve, as always …..W O W !

  123. Anonymous Says:

    Common action seen through uncommon eyes

  124. Prabuddha Ray Says:

    Loved the theme!!!!! Can include one ” Bycycle Thief”!!

  125. rafael10031 Says:


  126. Gaurav Patil Says:

    Charming collection of images.. as always !!

  127. Another gloriously inspired gift!

  128. Anonymous Says:

    Just love your pictures :0)

  129. […] just received a mail message about Steve McCurry’s new blog entry about cycling. The World’s Ride, great photography as usual and it reminded me of this picture i shot in Beijing some years […]

  130. Series of photographs … well done

  131. Luis Miguel Manchinelly Says:

    This is beautiful Mr Mc Curry. That is why I like the photography, my best wishes.

  132. 이수진 Says:

    i got inspiration from you, frequently:) u r ma BEST photographer. 본받아서 꼭 좋은 사진작가가 될게요, 롤모델님. ㅎㅎ

  133. This is stunning. Thanks for putting it out into the world!

  134. Congratulations, you always have an incredible sense of right time and composition. Really beautiful!

  135. Simply beautiful.

  136. Another excellent collection from you Steve !

  137. This is a fantastic post! Thank you so much for the incredible images and the equally-incredible quotes! Z

  138. Reblogged this on Diego Formiga and commented:
    Um dos melhores Fotógrafos do Mundo, sou fã desse cara!

  139. Wow! The humble bicycle remains humble no more… Great!

  140. fine shot! A joy to look at!

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