The Need for Speed



It’s a great art, is rowing. It’s the finest art there is.
It’s a symphony of 
And when you’re rowing well
Why it’s nearing perfection
And when you

reach perfection
You’re touching the divine.
It touches the you of you’s
is your soul.
~George Pocock


 Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

Mizoram, India

I ran and ran every day, and I acquired a sense of determination,
this sense of spirit that I would never, never, give up, no matter what else happened.
– Wilma Rudolph, Winner of three gold medals at the Olympic Games




With the catching ends the pleasure of the chase.
– Abraham Lincoln



Walking on fire has existed for thousands of years, with records dating back to 1200 B.C.
It is used to demonstrate faith, healing, and rites of initiation.
David A. Willey, Firewalking Myth vs. Physics

Sri Lanka


I always loved running… it was something you could do by yourself,
and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted,
fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet
and the courage of your lungs.
– Jesse Owens, Winner of four gold medals at the Olympic Games

  Jodhpur, India



The five S’s of sports training are:
Stamina, Speed, Strength, Skill and Spirit;
but the greatest of these is Spirit.
– Ken Doherty



 Bamiyan, Afghanistan

The ancient game of Buzkashi, Afghanistan’s national sport

Rearing, wheeling, plunging,
urged by leather-booted heels –
a rugby scrum of horses.
Whips and hooves, knife sharp,
slice frozen winter air as rising dust
meets sweat and steaming breath.
Laws of gravity ignored, a horseman leans,
crazy-angled, reins between clenched teeth,
and grabs the goat.

Men and animals scream defiance,
the maelstrom melts, dissolves –
a tidal wave of horses.
Thundering hooves become
thudding heartbeats, spectators roar approval,
ancestral memories stirred
by sounds and scents of victory.
No longer taxi drivers, labourers, shopkeepers,
they are Genghis Khan’s army streaming –
invincible – across Asia’s plains…
– Mary Smith

 Texas, USA

A horse can lend its rider the speed and strength he or she lacks,
but the rider who is wise remembers it is no more than a loan.
– Pam Brown

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73 Responses to “The Need for Speed”

  1. Dubravka Milković Vukelić Says:

    every pic is fantastic. Masterpiece.I enyoi in every photography.Every picture tells a storry.

  2. kubilaybayraktar Says:

    Resimler harika ….beğenerek izliyorum

  3. i love the magic of motion…

  4. Reblogged this on .

  5. Amy Kim(김미숙) Says:

    How can I take the picture like this~~~
    Awesome photos~~~❤

  6. When humanity is the subject, I can go for almost anything. But when it is delivered with true mastery, true respect and true love, I can only kneel and thank.

  7. Thank you for sharing…..simply the best.

  8. I love ALL your photographs. You know how to capture that “decisive moment” in the best way! Thank you for your generosity.

  9. Love the Mauretania photo, and the last picture and quote of the horses.

  10. cada instante de nuestra vida es unico e irrepetible, solo un lente y una vision de la vida nos puede trasmitir estas maravillosas fotos


  12. Chandan D.N.Gaonkar Says:

    Steve. You are my all time favorite lens-man. hats-off to you.

  13. You inspire me!!!

  14. Christina Says:

    I enjoy so much to see our world trough your camera eye !

    thx !

  15. Lydia Kulesov, artist/photographer at Greenway River Gallery Says:

    Some of the best…

  16. birdman Says:

    Your images inspire me. I’m glad I found you.

  17. I feel the need .. to shoot like that – great inspiration 😀

  18. Reblogged this on 3sector and commented:
    El gran maestro de la Fotografía en 3Sector

  19. carllapeirre Says:

    fab !

  20. Anirban Chakladar Says:

    Incredible shots and timing specially…How could you manage to keep the tone such real in high motion pictures? Am a big fan of yours and a regular follower of your posts and blogs.Waiting for more to learn from your art.Cheers!!

  21. Spirit, that’s all. thank you!

  22. Every shot is better than the previous!!!:)
    Great emotions!

  23. Reblogged this on Frz40's Blog and commented:
    Che belo questo servizio fotografico !!!

  24. Gracias, McCurry!!

  25. Seeing these pictures makes my 5k run this morning that turned into a fifteen somehow seem a bit better.

  26. Cacilda Says:

    I just wanted to say good job. i really enjoy reading your posts. thumbs up.

  27. WOW!!!

  28. Anonymous Says:


  29. Good evening, Mr McCurry…Here I am, listening to “Love me or leave me” and watching your pictures with my husband…I have to thank you, Sir, you make my days happier everytime…Love your sensitivity…And, at least by now, I will not leave you…;)

  30. Catalina Says:

    your posts gives me motivation to keep on my intention to create a blog one day. thank you for all.

  31. rajeev jain, india Says:

    just…….. super i am fan of your pictures, i learn a lot ,your pictures give me ideas and spirit to do heart work. keep it up. thanks

  32. Edeolinda Says:

    awesome blog…keep posting.

  33. Dipayan Bhattacharjee Says:

    Beautiful work as usual…

  34. alberto Says:

    grande….grande steve….

  35. Again, the theme is brilliantly portrayed.

  36. SMITHA Says:

    Thank You Steve for such wonderful Images!!

  37. Eri image Says:

    Reblogged this on El blog Fotográfico de eri and commented:
    Deben ver estas Fotos y leer sus mensajes.

  38. perfecto… mccurry saab..

  39. Acep Abdullah Says:

    cooolll… stunning image

  40. You rock star, Steve McCurry

  41. Aha! many never seen before…

    Thank for posting

  42. […] One of the most amazing blog "creater" Steve has a unique way of expressing thoughts…this one is for the urgency that we have in our daily lifes for everything :)  […]

  43. Excelentes tomas!!!!! Me gustaría ser tu asistenta para ver con tus ojos esos momentos indicados para sacar las fotografías!!!!

  44. Anonymous Says:


  45. Anonymous Says:

    I magician! I’m waiting your return in Rome

  46. Anonymous Says:

    Man you’re awesome!

  47. Anonymous Says:

    Dynamic ~ Action photos ~

  48. brigitte dominguez Says:

    you are the best love your work ;-))))))))

  49. Perfect post for the day of the Opening of the Olympic Games. Wonderful images capturing the sense of speed!

  50. Shanti Savla Says:

    Your image always inspire me……love your work……..:)



  52. I absolutely love your blog! I find the pictures exhilarating, the themes imaginative, and the quotes thoughtful and poignant. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world!

  53. rafael10031 Says:


  54. Anonymous Says:

    I love when an image captures the imagination with such intensity, that it transports you right to that environment

  55. Hats off Steve, Brilliant is not the word:) Cheers!

  56. You rock, Steve

  57. Sajid Aboobaker Says:

    Great captures from my hero.

  58. Anonymous Says:

    Stunning, as usual, Steve. Thank you for sharing.

  59. Shadab... Says:

    Awesome Photography Sir…

  60. Wonderful images. They truly convey the message.

  61. Galid Alli Says:


  62. Connie Jensen Says:

    what a GREAT album!! what JOY!! well seen and done !! As always you are an inspiration :))

  63. Keep doing the same work,,,:)

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