Step by Step



One step at a time is good walking.
– Chinese proverb



Solvitur ambulando
(To solve a problem, walk around.)
– St. Jerome



All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
– Friedrich Nietzsche



  If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.
Angels whisper to those who walk.
– Raymond Inmon



My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.
– Aldous Huxley

New York, United States

New York, United States




A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy,
but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.
-Paul Dudley White, M.D.



Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.
-Henry David Thoreau



Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop off like falling leaves.
– John Muir



 Details of the many walks I made along the crest have blurred, now, into a
pleasing tapestry of grass and space and sunlight.
– Colin Fletcher



Walking is a man’s best medicine.
– Hippocrates



 In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
-John Muir



Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.
– Nemann Buhl



How often have I had this longing for an infinite walk – of going unimpeded,
until the movement of my body as I walk fell into the flight of
streets under my feet –
until I in my body and the world in its
skin of earth were blended into a single act of knowing.

– Alfred Kazin, The Open Street






Walking shares with making and working that
crucial element of engagement of the body and the mind with the world,
of knowing the world through the body and the body through the world.
– Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking






With the first step, the number of shapes the walk might take is infinite,
but then the walk begins to define itself as it goes along, though freedom remains total with each step:
any tempting side road can be turned into an impulse, or any wild patch of woods can be explored.
The pattern of the walk is to come true, is to be recognized, discovered.
– A.R. Ammons, A Poem is a Walk



With beauty before me, may I walk
With beauty behind me, may I walk
With beauty above me, may I walk
With beauty below me, may I walk
With beauty all around me, may I walk
Wandering on the trail of beauty, may I walk
Navajo: Walking Meditation



There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country.
A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo.
– Paul Scott Mowrer

Steve McCurry, Nepal

Steve McCurry, Nepal

I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain – and back in rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light.
– Robert Frost

147 Responses to “Step by Step”

  1. […] Quotes from Steve McCurry’s beautiful blog: […]

  2. Loved all photographs and the quotations too:)

  3. Lee n NO LA Says:

    How wonderful! I constantly urge my clients to walk. Better than Prozac.

  4. Reblogged this on eBaroroh and commented:
    subhanallah foto2nya dan quotenya

  5. Angel Zavala Says:

    Walking is going to inside of yourself, but if the landscape is beauty, twice splendid. So, keep going, keep walking

  6. Steve your photos are not only awesome – it teaches us lots of things. Some of the landscape I shall never forget.

  7. Great photos Great people Great Words.
    Great Photographer

  8. All the pics are truly stunning Steve:)

  9. The first picture said it all, the rest, notes in a graceful Sonata.

  10. wilrickards Says:

    Beautiful – this resonated like reading Bruce Chatwin’s the Songlines (the best treatise on man’s need to walk that I have ever read.) Thank you.

  11. The scale of the landscapes and man’s place in them are just phenomenal. The one from Italy of the hiker in the woods best captures this.

  12. Reblogged this on Abhishek's… and commented:
    Steve McCurry, the photographer that took the amazing picture of the Afghan girl that appeared on the cover of National Geographic (I’m sure you know the girl who I’m referring to), posted this post to his own personal blog.
    This special post, along with the amazing pics from different countries, reminds me of a walk I took on a chilly early morning near Chikmaglur, a small hillstation near Bangalore, India. It was some 6am. I woke up among the hills, took my digicam and went into the woods. Each flower, tree, shrub, worm just amazed myself as I got lost in time. The soothing silence in the hills and the extraordinary landscape talk to your soul, shaking it, rejuvenating it… and you experience, what you might have just heard previously, “inner peace”.

  13. usamasiriem Says:

    Steve….thank you for opening new horizons into man’s way of looking the world in a different angle of view:-)
    For me, there are spirits and energies captured by not only your digital cameras, but also by everyheart in whom the messages of each pictures well understood….

  14. Tobias M. Says:

    Simply great.

  15. Have you ever gone to the Philippines?

  16. I love nature. I love to walk. There is nothing I love more than a walk in the woods. You’re photos and poems move me and trigger exactly how I feel. They are stunning. Thank you.

  17. Thank you, so very much, for all that you do to bring love and harmony in this world. You take great pictures because you have such a wondorous heart. Your pictures simply reflect the beauty of that angleic, glorious heart. All the pictures are truly spectacular. The one that deeply touched me, beyond any words, was the cumboldian man with his daughter. There is so much that the picture tells. Thank you and may you continue to inspire the humanity.

  18. Reblogged this on Lost in Younkers and commented:
    I’ve never really reblogged another blogger’s post before, but I feel that this is one that should be shared.

    Steve McCurry, the photographer that took the amazing picture of the Afghan girl that appeared on the cover of National Geographic (I’m sure you know the girl who I’m referring to), posted this post to his own personal blog. After having a particularly bad day today, I just returned from a walk in the cold night air with Dave & Diefenbaker and I’ve got to say that in my experience, walks tend to cure what ails me. With each step my mind clears and my soul lightens just a little. I won’t go into details, but I’m feeling much better now. I should have some more (relevant) content for you soon enough.

    Until next time!

    Cyn (& Dave)

  19. I love absolutely all of these photos and the quotations that accompanied them!

  20. although I’ve loved your photographs for a long time I have just discovered this blog, thank you for sharing!

  21. Abdul Manaf Says:

    Hello from Indonesia! I was nominated to the Beautiful Blogger Award and in my turn I have nominated you. You can see details here :

  22. Steve, I wanted to FB post the link to your blog with the ‘Afghan girl’ pic as the thumbnail as I feel many of my friends would recognise the photo. Could that be arranged at all? Thanks!

  23. I am officially sockless — you knocked them off! What an amazing collection of outstanding images.

    They say Henri Cartier-Bresson invented “the decisive moment,” but I think you have mastered it.

    This collection of photos with the quotes is the start of a wonderful book . . . go for it!

  24. Lakshmi Loves To Shop Says:

    Thank you…your photos are inspirational…

  25. You are a wonderful photographer! Thanks for your art!

  26. Thank you Steve! Sometimes one does what one does because he/she just loves doing it. Along the way, you gather many admirers, inspire countless thousands, win many accolades and what not. I don’t know if adulation has changed you as a person but, your pictures show that your passion for photography is unchanged. As I have said in my comment during re-blogging your post on, I have been an admirer of your work – and your Afghan girl picture has stayed etched in my mind – as a great picture should.

  27. Reblogged this on PixelVoyages and commented:
    Steve McCurry is the man who made me think about photography as an art – as a means of really saying a thousand words with a picture. This is my way of saying thanks to him for introducing me to the wonderful world of photography

  28. Hello steve, i’m indra from Indonesia..have you visit Indonesia ? Indonesia is a beautiful country and we have many culture, you can take photos of ours.

    visit :

  29. Reblogged this on L o o s e T a l k and commented:
    There’s a gentle sting between us and the world.

  30. Reblogged this on MetaRead360 Small Press presents and commented:
    NOTE: Steps is a theme for me today…very rich!

  31. Great thematic grouping. I could hear footsteps, movement, etc. while viewing your walking work! Thanks.

  32. Love your blog and have loved your photos since your Daily Collegian days at PSU! We worked there way back when!

  33. moondustwriter Says:

    Steve love the quotes they let us see a little further in to the heart of the artwork
    My photography and my poetry often speak as one

  34. I’m so glad I found your blog, you’re photos have always touched me and at times given me a place to disappear into when things have been tough, especially some of your portraits, so thank you.

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  36. One can only expect the best from the best…
    Wonderful and powerful photos. Especially the second one.
    Keep amazing us!

  37. Ivoni Bunga Says:

    Great, great and great pictures…….!

  38. Great, again ! Thanks !

  39. Very nice works!

  40. The greatest post I have seen in ages!
    Best regards

  41. Wow Steve – amazing!

  42. Anonymous Says:

    Ho viaggiato molto in tutto il mondo facendo tantissime foto. Sono i ricordi più belli e le esperienze più belle di una vita. La mia mente è aperta e quei ricordi nessuno potrà mai togliermeli.

  43. Souvik Chatterjee Says:

    Sir… I’m absolutely speechless… your signature style is inspiring and truly amazing as always… also wondered, how you find the quotes… they inter-prates perfectly… hats-off to you Sir…

  44. Hi Steve,
    Your blog is breathtaking! I am now making a card for my 85 year old father. He taught me to love the peace and solice of the woods. I have borrowed your pics and quotes to make a memorable card. I travel – alot – but what you bring home to this site is universal. Yep, I am the Philly girl who has written before. But I just can’t see your site and not comment. Fabulous. An ER nurse. A daughter. A traveler. Your site touches me in many ways. Great work. Cup of coffe next time in your town????

  45. […] Steve McCurry´s monothematischen Sammlungen an Bildern und Zitaten sind kleine Kunstwerke. Hier sollte man sich Zeit nehmen, sich zurück lehnen und die Bilder und Zitate genießen: “Step by Step“ […]

  46. I’m speechless … beautiful and poignant shot.

  47. Long live Steve. God bless u.

  48. Step by Step is a great blog post by Steve McCurry
    – Danish Photographer – Kristian Bertel – Photographer from Denmark

  49. flowwiththeblood Says:

    Words cannot describe how amazing these photos are

  50. I have often wanted, but failed, to put my love of walking – now about 70 years of it – into words. Now I know why I failed; it’s all been said and you’ve put it together, and together with wonderful pictures, each complimenting the words pefectly. Many thanks, I’ll be coming back to this again and again.

  51. the photos are so awesome😮 !

  52. Reblogged this on На дороге… and commented:
    I have to remind myself o this every day. Step by step.

  53. warpedmind2k8 Says:

    Awesome phoos!!

  54. Simply breathtaking!

  55. Steve, you may be pleased to hear I bought your beautiful book on Sunday afternoon, “Steve McCurry, The Iconic Photographs” (I’m sure you have several books) I saw it in the bookshop of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, or rather their alternative bookshop in their temporary outpost at the National Concert hall on Stephen’s Green. I saw it, paused for a moment, then pounced. I’ve been lucky enough to have been given some very nice photographs in my life, and some wonderful books as well, but this is only the 2nd or 3rd book of photographs I’ve bought, and I love it. It is here beside me now on my table as I write, looking beautiful and full of amazing images, .. Really looking forward to spending time with it. -keep up all the fantastic work. – Arran.

  56. […] by step: Fotos. Da geht was (Das ist ein Hammerwitz, aber das  versteht man leider erst nach eingehender […]

  57. Taking us on a journey again. This is great.

  58. You’re wonderful, Steve McCurry.

  59. thank you for sharing your superb work and reminding me ‘walking makes the path’!

  60. Silvio PADULA Says:

    Sarei pronto a ripartire, dopo aver navigato il Globo per decenni…Ma con Steve come Navigatore!…

  61. Sveva Manfredi Zavaglia Says:

    Step by Step for our life….thanks for this great project work!!!!

  62. Hi! Such wonderful photos and i love the texts you´ve been chosen for each and every one.

  63. Elizabeth Says:

    My son just returned from walking the Appalachian Trail. He left on July 4th, 2012 and was home by November 17th, 2012 after walking 2,187 miles. This post was a perfect homecoming gift for him (and me). Thank you! Let me know if you’d like a photo of him walking.

  64. pleasure…………………!!

  65. Anonymous Says:

    no word to say … just amazing.. keep it on

  66. my soul is deeply moved to peace~~thanks to you!!!!

  67. Reblogged this on Lagottocattleya and commented:
    Steve McCurrys blogg – går rakt in i din själ. Read and let your heart and soul soar.

  68. I do not know you. You touch my soul, again and again. I’m so grateful that I found you. Thank you.

    About walking – I do and I agree. Everything is true.

  69. Thanks for the inspiration’s you give.

  70. Simply superb . May God shower His blessings upon you to continue your journey on the path of peace to afford your viewers with unprecedented equanmity

  71. Belle da togliere il fiato! Un capolavoro come sempre.

  72. Thank you for an abundant share of manna. If I could not walk…well, I’d have to haunt your posts.

  73. […] Step by step, sellist nime kannab Stave McCurri blogipostitus.  Väärt vaatamine kõigile! LINK […]

  74. really interesting pictures and nice thoughs.Thank you

  75. Reblogged this on LivingByCamera and commented:
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  76. Reblogged this on XENA and commented:
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  77. What a fabulous collection. I enjoyed these SO much.😉

  78. Debashis Mukherjee Says:

    Series of photos on Step, amazing!

  79. Kenneth Fernando Says:

    great photos!!:-)

  80. I was trying to find something clever to say but all I can come up with, from the bottom of my heart, is a big thank you! Thank you for sharing first of all, thank you for letting us into your world so gently, and slowly unfolding all the gifts, surrounded by beauty, and our souls expand….You open our hearts to eachother and to the world with appreciation and love and that’s what’s captured in that moment that’s captivating us more than anything. Me thinks.
    Once again, thank you!
    P.S. It is one of my dreams to be in one of your photography workshops. Maybe one day….

  81. Anna Maria Says:

    Thanks so lot for fabulous post. It’s true! Walking is good for the heart, bones muscle, lungs, but…..especially to the mind, because it makes you enjoy the wonder of nature around us, savor inch the scents, enjoy its sound and colors. And walking you soul hovers happy to God. You captured this… Wonderful work!!!! <3<3<3

  82. lancestuart Says:

    Reblogged this on lancestuart and commented:
    A simple wellness solution….just go outside for a walk. Check out Steve McCurry’s picture blog , beautiful pictures and inspiring quotes.

  83. Great arrangement of pictures and quotes! Thank you for sharing!

  84. Pictures speak many words. Some of the photographs are inspiring.

  85. Reblogged this on Outside the Margin and commented:
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  86. As great as always. Great blog to learn the skills. Thanks for sharing these.


  87. Methinks you are not capable of posting anything less than spectacular!
    Thanks, as always.

  88. As always….amazing!!!!!!

  89. Thank you for these wonderful images and thoughts.

  90. I have kept staring at some of your shots for a long time, they are simply beautiful(walking man in ladakh). I am also a person(a boy) who wishes to be a professional photographer. I don`t know whether I have got enough skill but I am trying.
    You are a busy man. So, when you are free and don`t have anything else to do, please take a look

  91. Isabel D. Silva Says:

    Amazing … Again

  92. It’s time to go for a walk.

  93. Purple Rain Says:

    Reblogged this on Purple Rain's Blog and commented:
    Soul stirring..

  94. Your photography is so absolutely stunning, I’m spellbound. Wow…..

  95. Ricardo H.Molinelli Says:

    Sería muy útil para los millones de personas que ven su página y hablan solo el español , que envíen sus mensajes en este Idioma también. Gracias

  96. rafael10031 Says:

    gorgeous I love them

  97. I always think the most recent web compilation here is the best yet, and that the next one can’t possibly come close. And once again, I’m pleasantly proven wrong. And I love that last one of you–it drives home that walking is the best medicine for photographers as well. Just put a camera around you neck and get going.

  98. The amazing world of need!
    Travels to see people of need!

  99. I try to start each day with a walk in the country – it is my insurance against melancholia and stiffening knees! Wonderful to read these quotes alongside such a visual feast. Thank you for sharing.

  100. Anonymous Says:

    When I think about an ultimate role model, my first association is Mr. McCurry. Composition which is just amazing, perspective and idea, and in the end a whole little story in every photo. A true maestro of light, color and moment!

  101. Thank you for your gift. I look forward to receiving each of your blogs with heartfelt anticipation and appreciation.

  102. Absolutamente maravillosas fotos, te trasladan al lugar y te hacen soñar,,eres grande “maestro”.

  103. Una splendida serie di immagini associate ad altrettante splendide parole

  104. Anonymous Says:

    great photos, love them. Thanks!!!!

  105. AWESOME!

  106. Like it. No, I love it!

  107. As always, the photos expand my view of the world, and the quotes expand my soul. I am so grateful for this post. I was just thinking I would skip my walk today. But, how can I? Who knows what wondrous thoughts await me.

  108. Muhammad Zaid Says:

    Amazing photographs as usual! Love the captions as well.

  109. As always, captivating photos and captions! . . . Thank you for sharing!

  110. Sarah-Jane Says:

    I love to see the world through your eyes – thanks for sharing:-)

  111. Wonderful:) – loved it!

  112. Reblogged this on Oxford School of Photography and commented:
    Add your thoughts here… (optional)

  113. Catherine Al-Meten Says:

    So beautiful. I love walking, and enjoy reading all these wonderful thoughts on it. Inspiring me on so many levels. Think I’ll go take a walk by the river.

  114. Real treat to my eyes and soul as usual.

  115. I have seen some of these images under a different theme but still love to see them many a times more. But, these shows the same images can be interpreted differently at different times.

    Excellent Steve..


  116. I am finding it hard to be impressed these days, with the bombardment of self proclaimed photographers, amazing photographers who have gone stale or concentrating on becoming a brand, but Steve this is stunning work. Thank you for posting this refreshing post.


  117. Anonymous Says:

    I truly appreciate your blog…the images…the quotes…the inspiration to slow down and see the world around me. And hopefully to capture some moment in time as you have done with few equals.

  118. great pictures with a special recognize able style in every picture

  119. Liz Strause Says:

    As ever, humbling and uplifting.

  120. Phyllis MacCameron Says:

    Thank you for your beautiful picture series. This cluster, and the others I have seen, have reminded me to imagine the lives of those I will never meet, in parts of the wide world I will never see. You provide nourishment for the imagination and gently urge us to remember that every place is the center of the world to those who live their lives there.

  121. As always, inspiring images photographed goes hand in hand with inspiring quotes. Here’s one to be added,”A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step-Tao Te Ching.”

  122. Nazim Khan Says:

    wow amazing , every photo speaks for itself but the photos taken in Bangladesh and Afghanistan are matchless

  123. Reblogged this on Max510's Blog and commented:
    Fantastiche nuove immagini di Steve McCurry, sempre “condite” da splendidi aforismi

  124. Anonymous Says:

    una imagen vale mas que mil palabras… cuan cierto.

  125. Yet another fabulous post from you, Steve. Great work!

  126. Amanda Stevens Says:

    WOW again you have captured amazing moments in time that have such beauty and would love to be walking with you. Thank you for having the eyes to see and recognize how powerful each photo is.

  127. Always stunning picture !

  128. Of all of your posts, I think this one is my favorite–which I think is saying something!

    I have always wondered, though, how you find the quotes you use. My searches are (almost) always fruitless. Are they just ones that you’ve accumulated throughout the years, or do you just happen upon them?

  129. Oh, wow. What a collection of photos and quotes. Walking is my meditation and creative flow. Nothing like a good walk to put everything right. Love love love the photo of Bangladesh with the tiny strip of land in the sea with walkers on it. Nice photo of you, too. Very cool.

  130. Anonymous Says:

    Merci pour ces magnifiques photos, l’état d’esprit qu’elles commniquent, et les mots simples et forts qui les accompagnent.

  131. Vraiment magnifique !!!

  132. Absolutely beautiful, inspiring and truly amazing as always!!

  133. Beautiful as always…inspiring….

  134. Another great post with some very apt quotes/proverbs.

  135. Great, again ! Thanks !

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