Fun and Games






If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed
himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become
unstable without knowing it.
– Herodotus


The true object of all human life is play.
Earth is a task garden.
Heaven is a playground.
– G . K. Chesterton


Los Angeles, USA

You must invent your own games and
teach us old ones how to play.
– Nikki Giovanni



You can discover more about a person in an
hour of play than in a year of conversation.
– Plato



In play a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behavior.
In play it is as though he were a head taller than himself.
– Lev Vygotsky



People tend to forget that play is serious.
– David Hockney


Rajasthan, India





Mumbai, India

Play is the exultation of the possible.
– Martin Buber



A child loves to play not because it is easy, but because it is hard.

– B. Spock, M.D.




Play is a uniquely adaptive act,
not subordinate to some other adaptive
act, but with a special function of its own
in human experience.
– Johan Huizinga


Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Umbria, Italy



Elliott Erwitt, Magnum Photographer, in his studio, Central Park West, NYC, USA

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


 For information about our January 2013, Expedition to Burma, please see:

59 Responses to “Fun and Games”

  1. Little Monks playing soccer in Burma. Just reminds me of The Avatar, The Legend of Aang.

  2. Anonymous Says:


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  5. Steve, your works are always great. Nothing more to say.

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  7. Nano Calvo Says:

    Some amazing pics there. As usual.

    Best regards,

    Nano Calvo

  8. Un gran ejemplo para los que compartimos este arte. Enhorabuena por tu perseverancia!

  9. excellent series, but of course…

    Not that we are asked for a favourite, but I like the boy in the superman suit, the mulitple and contrasting themes.

  10. simply amazing! Great Work!

  11. Jacqueline Bawtree Says:

    This series is absolutely beautiful. I love the monks playing football in Burma and the Afghan with the two ice-creams. All the photos are inhabited by so much mischief and joy. Thank you!

  12. Wonderful – I love the pure joy in these photos.

  13. I love these photos. The picture of the bikini-clad woman talking to the parka-clad man in Russia outside a hot spring brings back fond memories of Alaska where I have seen the same scene.

  14. Daniel Garcia Says:

    Wooooow, love the photos and the quotes.
    Great mix between photography and literature.
    Thank you very much for this blog.

  15. Beatriz Says:

    Keep doing a good work please.

  16. Radiant inspiration emanates from this page. Thank you!

  17. your photos it’s ever nice and original and new ideas for my work.

  18. carllapeirre Says:

    love it, every time again !

  19. SMITHA Says:


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  22. Celine Says:

    wow, nice page!

  23. Anonymous Says:

    happy i found your blog!

  24. Always interesting and amazing ! Thank you to this real Master!

  25. Anonymous Says:

    You are the best.

  26. PedroSpain Says:

    Simply the best

  27. oolung Says:

    As always, beautiful and inspiring!

  28. As usual awesome…..:) Thanks for giving us such a tensed and funny side of life through the importance of the GAMES In Life…:)

  29. This is exceptional.
    Many of Steve McCurry’s images really capture a unique moment, but it is often a pensive, serious and contemplative moment.
    So it is refreshing to see him point his camera at those joyful moments of fun and relaxation in which many people show their true self. And the beauty of it is that those show that “people’s true self” is the same all over the world.
    Roel Hendrickx

  30. aytacgok Says:

    Reblogged this on 10th Village.

  31. Wonderful theme. Steve! And, you’ve used one of my favorite Emerson quotes. Thanks.

  32. Eric Bier Says:

    I breathe easier because you live and share your fantastic photos.

  33. beautiful as favourite is the girls on the swing tho:)

  34. Its really fun watching this blog entry. You are the best photographer in the world. Great work. Look forward to more informative blog entries in future. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Opens another page of life

  36. Not so usual to see this “funny part” in your pictures

  37. marina Says:

    I really enjoy each posting you make. I can see beauty in ways unexpected. Thanks!

  38. Sempre maravilhososo!!! Parabéns!

  39. Totally delighted! awesome!

  40. Birgit Hahm, Germany Says:


  41. Amanda Stevens Says:

    So love the photo of the girls swinging. It brings back the feeling of youth. They are truly in the moment. Thanks for the fun tonic.

  42. This just made my day… thank you.:)

  43. Mary Donnelly Says:

    When we connect with other human beings its beautiful,when we connect with Children,its Precious.

  44. Marianna Bucina Roca Says:

    Gosh these are beautiful.

  45. El fotero maximus Says:

    Maravillosas fotos

  46. Anonymous Says:

    Queste foto mi emozionano ogni volta che le rivedo

  47. I am always totally delighted with your photos. thank You for sharing.

  48. The 2nd last photograph shot in India is absolutely an amazing composition… Just loving it…

  49. “To leave the world a bit better,’ oh yes, that is a great attitude to have! The opening image can get no better; the Lebanon photo speaks volumes and is so very powerful; my favorite is the elegant swing moment shutter frozen at the right time in India.
    Thank you for sharing. Z

  50. will you shoot a family

  51. Your work has always been very inspirational.

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