Just Write

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Without words, without writing and without books
there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
– Hermann Hesse

Baluchistan, Pakistan

Writing  is one of the grand, free human activities.
–  Thomas E. Cronin


Writing is both mask and unveiling.
– E.B. White


Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
– William Wordsworth

Kegalla, Sri Lanka


Writing is thinking on paper.
– William Zinsser

 Kabul, Afghanistan

The maker of a sentence launches out into the infinite…
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.
– Jules Renard, Journal, 10 April 1895


Like most—maybe all— writers, I learned to write by writing and,
by example, by
reading books.
– Francine Prose

Bruce Duffy, writer and author, working on an article for Life Magazine, Afghanistan

The pen is mightier than the sword.
– Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Dith Pran, survivor of Cambodia’s killing fields, photojournalist, and author of
Children of Cambodia’s Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors

Paul Theroux, writer and novelist, Costa Rica

Words so innocent and powerless as they are,
as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil
they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
– Nathaniel Hawthorne


Creative writing begins with creative thinking
– K. Earle



It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by.
– Vita Sackville-West


Writing left by visitors to a pilgrimage site in Burma


The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought,
this in turn makes
us think more deeply about life … 
– Norbet Platt

Young Sikh boys in classroom, Afghanistan

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the
difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
– Mark Twain

108 Responses to “Just Write”

  1. […] + This photojournalist’s blog – (You’d recognize his work. Start here.) […]

  2. Steve you are a Magister recreator of a simplicity.Thanks

  3. Reblogueó esto en thebcnplace by G*M*Gy comentado:
    OOOOOhhh I love the watch of this man to transmit us a natural scene

  4. A joy and an inspiration – in so many ways.

  5. Moshe Ben-Shahar Says:

    Steve McCurry is unquestionably the greatest photographer alive today. What Ansel Adams preserved for posterity in his pictures of the American scenery, what Edward Curtis did for the American Indian, McCurry does for the whole of humanity. His art is matched only by his bravery in taking so many of his pictures. His art is in its seeming simplicity, in its naturalness, in its blending together the veried facets of a scene into a complete whole. Thank you Steve.

  6. you are master of street framing

  7. Your pictures are beautiful!

  8. juliebirch Says:

    So very inspiring, thank you.

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  10. […] more photos of reading and writing around the world on Steve McCurry’s blog.                                   […]

  11. Poetry…

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  13. An amazing array of pictures and words that successfully promotes the art of writing. Thanks for sharing your work.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    Your blog posts are superb. please keep them coming.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    excellent post.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    admiring the time and effort you put into your blog.

  17. […] Just Write – A look at photographs of people writing all over the world, courtesy of Steve McCurry’s blog. […]

  18. Reblogged this on Sanuk.

  19. Anonymous Says:

    this blog rocks.

  20. Anonymous Says:

    Absolutely fantastic!

  21. Anonymous Says:

    big fan as always…with which camera/lense are you keeping those moments ? even if the best material you need and have is your eyes… Mine are not so good but I wish one day I can deliver in pictures what I see with my heart.

  22. maria alba gilabert Says:

    no me canso de verlas. gracias

  23. Como siempre un placer ver tus fotos y leer tus frases. Gracias por compartirlas

  24. Something about seeing children learning gives one hope…

  25. mohammad harati Says:


  26. writing can be a conversation between self and God

  27. What an intense, urgent expression on the boy’s face in the first photo – as if he couldn’t wait to hear what was next, and the girl from Afghanistan, such an adult face on a small girl. Marvelous work!

  28. Anonymous Says:

    simply admirable what you have done here.

  29. Tourism Oxford Says:

    This is brilliant!

  30. Moshe Ben-Shahar Says:

    Like all McCurry’s photos, awesome and inspiring.

  31. Lovely collection. Great quotes. Love the theme

  32. Absolutely wonderful

  33. Anonymous Says:

    Love them all.

  34. […] Bamiyan, Afghanistan Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity. – Hermann Hesse Baluchistan, Pakistan Writing  is one of the …  […]

  35. Stunning – really resonates with me.

  36. Great image!

    Love the catch light in the eyes -Steve’s trademark

  37. Ernst Vikne Says:

    Thank you for sharing your fabulous photos. I am a great admirer of your work. Especially your use of natural colors and ambient light has inspired me.

  38. Anonymous Says:

    hi, great post. i really admire your work!

  39. Reblogged this on LivingByCamera and commented:
    Always fantastic photos –

  40. Simply beautiful and very expressive

  41. Increibles!!

  42. Niranjan Says:

    Magnificent clicks…

  43. sreeranj Says:

    Just mind blowing and story telling pictures…

  44. fantastic Steve!!

  45. Once again, what a treat for the senses and the spirit! Just awesome! Thank you so much.


    Qu� expresiones de querer aprender !!!! De volar muy alto … Qu� estimulante para la profesora de preparar las clases con mayor esmero. Mar�a Gonz�lez Avila

  47. You never disappoint!

  48. rafael10031 Says:

    very lovely

  49. Anonymous Says:

    thanks for the post..

  50. Anonymous Says:

    appreciate your posts as always!

  51. Anonymous Says:


  52. Very much expressive and really touching………

  53. Amazing pictures and love the one of one my favorite travel authors, Paul Theroux! Great!!!

  54. Anonymous Says:

    Great pictures

  55. Reblogged this on Cent fois sur le métier and commented:
    Je suis abonnée à ce magnifique blog de photo (d’un photojournaliste fantastique !) et je ne peux m’empêcher de vous le faire découvrir. D’autant plus que “Just write” s’appilque plutôt bien à mon cas et repalce les chose en perspective !!!

  56. Anonymous Says:

    cheers my friend, great job!

  57. Writing with pictures… wonderful

  58. loved it to the core.. amazing job..

  59. Simply fantastic….

  60. wow! you are such an inspiration to me!

  61. Reblogged this on On The Road… and commented:
    The beauty and freedom of the written word.


    Another great series of very interesting photos!

  63. […] Bamiyan, Afghanistan Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity. – Hermann Hesse Baluchistan, Pakistan Writing  is one of the …  […]

  64. Reblogged this on Mau Cerita and commented:
    Reading and writing. Both are take the biggest part of our lives. Dan saling melengkapi. Tidak akan ada baca jika tidak ada tulisan.

  65. Thank you Says:

    Amazingly beautiful and thought provoking. And I did not appreciate the education I received handed to me on a silver platter.

  66. Steve, superb! Thanks so much for opening our eyes to the world!

  67. Thank you for your wonderful combinations of words and images!

  68. i am stumped…can’t decide which is a fav…stunning and thank you so much…you inspire…

  69. IMpressive work Steve.. Congrats…

  70. GReat images Steve.. Congrats..

  71. Steve, I am overwhelmed by your gift and your willingness to share. It is with bated breath that I wait for a new post, having only recently found your blog. I can only wonder how you get the subjects in some of your photos. And the teacher in me is blown away- for lack of a better word- at how you are able to pair the photos with words. So, not only an artist, but a reader! So beautiful ….on my gratitude list, for sure.

  72. Belas fotos para comemorar o dia dos estudantes! Lindas fotos como sempre!!

  73. Anthony Aris Says:

    Ahhhh! Another round of your eye-opening & heart-wrenchingly beautiful images . . .
    How can we ever thank you sufficiently for sharing them?

  74. […] Just Write Posted on August 11, 2012 by alebaffa via stevemccurry.wordpress.com […]

  75. I think you are the greatest photographer since Henri Cartier-Bresson

  76. beautiful ! thank you !

  77. I love your photos

  78. fabulous work…really I just love going through your blog…and I learn so much with every photography

  79. sasikanthkotti Says:

    Just fantastic…..

  80. Poetic,as a photographer I can only dream of taking only one photograph like yours in my lifetime.

  81. Another amazing series of work that is a great inspiration for an amateur like myself…
    My favorite is the first pic… I can imagine the time you might have spend amongst the kids in the classroom in order to make yourself virtually invisible to them…

  82. Always truly inspiring pictures. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing work.

    Ricardo Vilela

  83. I kept saying ‘Holy Shit’ to myself after every picture. Awe.

  84. superb…..

  85. jidhujose Says:

    superb series

  86. This is beautiful work. Thank you for sharing it….

  87. Rajat Shanbhag Says:

    Amazing as always!

  88. Stirring language, inspiring photographs of people aspiring to learn! Just wonderful. Ken

  89. What an inspiration! Spectacular!

  90. Anonymous Says:

    these photos are incredibly beautiful!

  91. Graham Barnes Says:

    A couple of days ago, on Facebook, I wrote “I frequently struggle with the thought that currently I put my photographic skills and effort towards the making of very trivial and self-indulgent images of very little value to humankind”.

    Your work inspires me to try and be more socially relevant … thank you.

  92. I am a writer, and was so happy to wake up to see and read your wonderful blog this morning. Just Write is just right!!!
    What beauty and something beyond words—you have captured in these beautiful photographs. Thank you Steve!!

  93. Love this! awesome!

  94. Your posts forever blow me away, humble me, sober me, fill me with awe. I am always a better person after experiencing your images expertly paired with your choice of words. Thank you so much.

  95. Rob Zijlstra Says:

    By the skill of writing I can tell you that I always love to see your posts! Thanks you Steve, you probably give more pleasure to a lot of people as you may know.

  96. Anonymous Says:


  97. This is amazing, sir. It has pushed me to get back to writing. Thank you.

  98. Beautiful work and such variety. Were the close-up shots taken with short or long lenses? Natural light?

    I’m reading Paul Theroux’s “The Lower River” and see that you took the author photo used in the jacket. It’s noticeably better than most author photographs.

  99. marcelosalvador Says:

    Wow, some great ones! Many I had never seen before… Loved it!!

  100. Fabulous photographs, stunning.

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