The Greatest Good


The greatest good that mortals know
and all of heaven we have below.
– Joseph Addison


Rocca Paolina, Perugia, Umbria, Italy 


Chitral, Pakistan

Karabash-i Veli,  Bursa, Turkey

Street Musician, Dublin, Ireland 


La Habana Vieja, Cuba

Music is the shorthand of emotion.
– Leo Tolstoy

A family plays music on the street hoping for a few rupees, India

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
– Berthold Auerbach

Angkor Wat temple complex, Cambodia

Two musicians practice for the Jazz Festival, Perugia, Italy

Music’s the medicine of the mind. 
– John A. Logan


Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.
– Leonard Bernstein


Herbie Hancock, Italy
Winner of 14 Grammy Awards, Hancock is a musical icon.

 Kalash Girl, Chitral District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan

 When words leave off, music begins.
– Heinrich Heine

Khan Murjan restaurant in a 14th century building which
served as an inn for travellers and traders.  Baghdad, Iraq

Whiskey a Go Go, a fixture on the Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, California, United States

Pianist waits to perform in a supper club, Shanghai, China

Alto Churumazu, Peru

 Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.
– Alphonse de Lamartine

Marrakesh, Morocco

Traditional performers,  Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you,
music itself is not going to let you down.

– Virgil Thomson, Composer, Winner of the Pulitzer Price, 1949

Karabash-i Veli,  Bursa, Turkey

Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!
– J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Seal  greets Steve McCurry at concert, PhotoKina,Cologne, Germany
Courtesy of Matthias Krug,  September 17, 2012


Oeksnehallen, Copenhagen, Denmark – Ongoing
Gallery N, Seoul Arts Centre, Seoul, South Korea – Opening on September 12th, 2012
Leica Photokina, Hall 1, Cologne, Germany – September 18, 2012
Centro Municipal de Arte Helio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – October 6th, 2012
Plazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy – October 17, 2012
Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles – November 15, 2012
Chris Beetles Gallery, London, U.K. – January 15, 2013
Kunstmuseum-Wolfsburg, Germany – January 19, 2013
Cavalier Gallery, Greenwich, CT – April 12 – May 6, 2013
Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland – June 1, 2013

58 Responses to “The Greatest Good”

  1. Incredible photos all around. There is something touching about the Indian family playing in the street, and I love the portrait of the Kashmiri man. The guy singing in the laundry is classic.

  2. Reblogged this on .

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Great Pictures as usual.
    Just because I enjoy your work let me correct a tiny mistake:
    “Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.” — This is a quote from the great Alpinist Hermann Buhl and NOT Nemann Buhl.
    An unknown Alpinist and keen photographer

  4. christina nystrom jansson Says:

    I enjoy !

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Excellent post!

  6. Amazing pictures

  7. Kenia Mabb Says:

    Very nice post! I enjoy your blog keep up the great articles

  8. The perfect combination for me… music and photography…

  9. Anonymous Says:

    wonderful post! keep posting.

  10. I am so glad the DailyGood newsletter highlighted your “Joy” post and led me to your blog — what inspiration, beautiful images and words. Music is often indescribable, but your photos and choice of quotes helps to reveal the depth and significance of music in our lives. Thank you for sharing them. ~ Kat

  11. magazin muzica…

    […]The Greatest Good « Steve McCurry's Blog[…]…

  12. Each image is just so wonderful in its own way. Almost impossible to single out one, but I do find the dervish in yellow absolutely haunting.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    All your blogs are great. congratulations.

  14. Gabriella Says:

    Music is life itself thinking aloud.
    Great photographs as ever!

  15. Anonymous Says:

    […] Musik! […]

  16. Neat blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my
    blog shine. Please let me know where you got your theme.
    Bless you

  17. This is not just photography, these are visions. Coming here always freezes me in my mental tracks, makes me think: how could I see what I haven’t seen.

  18. Anonymous Says:

    I love this.

  19. Nice to notice, that you will be having an exhibition in Helsinki Finland. Cant wait to see the prints! Great work.

  20. Marvelous!! Bravo!!

  21. I love your pictures. Thank you for another part of the story

  22. Lovely, as usual. One problem, the photos of Ireland and Colombia don’t open. I hate to miss any of them! Thank you for making these available, food for the soul.

  23. Awesome clicks!!

  24. My heart is so connected with every musician I meet on those photos, it makes me cry and laugh and jump with excitement. Merci de tout coeur!

  25. Reblogged this on Oxford School of Photography and commented:
    images of musicians from around the world

  26. I love your LA pictures… Thanks for posting it again.

  27. Top class as per usual.

  28. Good morning Mr McCurry,
    I liked this subject very much..Music is something everybody likes..It does not matter culture, sex, age, religion….It is something particular and generic at the same time…I think here lies your intelligence when choosing every subject: at the end, you give us a vision of the mankind as a whole…
    I like very much the pic with the pianist in Shangai..I think it has the taste of the classics…Light, DOF…And some sadness in her eyes…I bet in this case is true that her music is “literature of her heart…”

  29. Silvio PADULA Says:

    … musichevoli movimenti di aria, fluttuata fino al nostro udito; catturata da mano ispirata!

  30. Fantastic and inspiring images as always. The difficulty is choosing the one I like best. Thank you for sharing.

  31. La música y la fotografía te transporta a un mundo de vibraciones !!!! ¡ Felicitaciones!!!!

  32. Inspiring pictures! . . . I missed one from an irish session though.:)

  33. Esma Şenel Says:

    Amazing pictures!
    Best wishes

  34. As always, superb photos in a clever collection. Thanks once again for sharing your fab work.

  35. Music…. the life….

  36. You are inspired and you are inspiring; you have a very special gift and you are a gift.

  37. Oh, that was such fun! Thank You!

  38. music and your photos………what a sound

  39. I don’t have words to express much I enjoy yor work. Your sensibility, your creativity, your art. Thank you and congratulations for your next exibitions. You inspire me and Many others

  40. Music is the language of us all!

  41. “Music is the universal language of mankind.”
    -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  42. I love all of your work and deeply admire you. Read that you are going to Brazil soon, please, come to Argentina too!

  43. Vanessa Francia Says:

    Wonderful photos,as usual!!!I’t amazing the way you arouse emotions with every single picture you take,always. each image has its own story behind. I’m 17 and I’m a young photographer from Rome,and I dream about becoming the new “Steve McCurry”,one day ! photography is a big part of my life…it’s amazing that people can give their own view of the world from a different perspective! I hope my dreams come true!!! greetings from Rome,Vanessa.

  44. Truly inspiring to see my two big interests combined – music and photography!

  45. Anonymous Says:

    Great collection

  46. Beautiful photography as always! “Musician in the Mirror”, “Kashmir” and “Pianist” are my favorites.

  47. Wonderful images as always..

  48. marcelosalvador Says:

    Beautiful images! Loved the one of the woman in the mirror.

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