On the Road


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again;
we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.
– Jack Kerouac



Roads are a record of those who have gone before.
–  Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking


Umbria, Italy

The road is home.
–  Unknown






The way was long and weary,
But gallantly they strode …
Along the heavy road.
– George Robert Sims


Kesennuma, Japan



Omo Valley, Ethiopia

A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape.
– Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking



Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.
– Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass


Kyoto, Japan

The magic of the street is the mingling of the errand and the epiphany.
–  Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking



If one were given a single window from which to look upon the changing

Eastern world, it should face, I think, the road.
– Freya Stark, East Is West


Karelia, Russia

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say”
–  J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


Omo Valley, Ethiopia










To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road,
to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


Xiahe, Tibet



Herat, Afghanistan

Some roads aren’t meant to be travelled alone.
– Proverb

N e w s   a n d   I n f o r m a t i o n
Please visit Chris Beetles Fine Photographs Gallery in London for Steve’s exhibition of  Steve’s images from India.


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79 Responses to “On the Road”

  1. Reblogged this on blogagaini and commented:
    A blog for my passion . . . check out Steve McCurry’s blog. This particular page is “On the Road”

  2. Steve, congratulations on a beautiful display of your photographs, not to mentions the photographs.
    I love how my eyes walk down the roads, how my eyes are captivated by the colors, how my eyes meet yours.

  3. Saud A Faisal Says:

    Reblogged this on Around us and commented:
    Great Collection of Steve McCurry : on the road

  4. Keerakit Says:


  5. chrysanthi Says:

    These are amazing photos and also the whole concept! We are all “on the road”!

  6. It is amazing for a person to travel so much around the world, but what make all of Steve journeys so impressive is he’s sense and sharp eyes for the right moment and composition. Also the courage of being there!!!

  7. beautifully done sir……

  8. beautiful sir……

  9. Hi steve!
    useless to say that your images are soo impressive! i love most of them a lot!
    I have a question for you if you dont mind to answer.
    Is the last picture of this page “Herat, Afghanistan” shoot on agfa chrome 1000???
    I would really like to know if it is!

  10. Reblogged this on elicaplanic and commented:
    j like it:-)

  11. ….and I’ll carry your camera… Reading your blog is like opening a box of delicious chocolate, very well done.

  12. Great shots of roads traveled and I love the quotes that go with your images.

  13. […] inimitable Steve McCurry has another beautiful pictorial epic on display in his blog, a must-see to understand the poetic beauty of far-away […]

  14. rajeev jain Says:


  15. adoring yours…😉

  16. Dear Mr McCurry…
    Wonderful post..Wonderful images and words…
    One is really important to me: the last one… I am grateful you take your time to shoot these kind of pictures, and to share them, because, as you wisely write down the pic. “Some roads are not meant to be travelled alone”…And, if nobody puts an image on a situation that situation do not exist to the public opinion…And there are people and specially children who need to be heard, to be seen, to be protected, to be cared ..

  17. Reblogged this on Ideas_R_Bulletproof and commented:
    extraordinary images of Steve McCurry from the world over…. one can make posts like these only after having life-long accomplishments like these….

  18. extraordinary images from the world over… thats what makes Steve McCurry!!

  19. May I share your blos in my FaceBook?

  20. Very, very nice pictures! Like to pop by here)

  21. Reblogged this on Ecaminanta and commented:
    Inspiring blog from Steve McCurry. Enjoy!

  22. Wow! When I grow up, I want to be you, Steve!:)

  23. Each photograph is an amazing experience. Thank you.

  24. This is just amazing stuff and I can imagine an army of fixers and assistants working with you on many of these assignments.

  25. Stunning photos as per usual.

  26. Your images are a total inspiration. One of my new years resolutions is to take a course in landscape photography, largely due to following your blog. Thanks so much.

  27. Fantastic!!

  28. As always: an incredible collection of images!

  29. So beautiful. I would love to see more of Mali.

  30. I have nominated you for Versatile and Very Inspiring Blogger award. To follow up see: http://oneaday34.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/ive-been-nominated-for-a-blogging-award/

  31. Mark Wills Says:

    Loved the Italy shot and posted it to one of my blog’s “Other Photographers’ Work” pages.

  32. One world, many roads. Thank you.

  33. You never fail to amaze your fans!😉

  34. Michael Biggs Says:


    I’ve been occasionally a semi-professional and always a serious photoenthusiastfor 50 years. Your images inspire yet bogglemy imagination. The mastery of light … the composition … and the story in each of them. They capture “life” and seem to engender acontemplativemood to a depth that few photographers can achieve. A special thanks for sharing the beauty you create about the people in our world with the world.

    Warmest regards, Michael Biggs

  35. Mesmerizing photographs as usual

  36. Reblogged this on efgEverything and commented:
    Steve McCurry is one of my greatest inspirations.

  37. You really take me there … thank you! An amazing travel companion.



  39. A tale or two to tell..... Says:

    Reblogged this on A Tale or Two to Tell…… and commented:
    Such an inspirational photographer to me !

  40. awe-struck! just too good…

  41. It’s a great pleasure to visit your site! And it’s thought-provoking, too! Thanks for sharing such treasures with us!!!!!
    Looking forward to more …

  42. fantastic collection of images. I love the theme ‘on the road’ so simple but very powerful

  43. Amazing and incredible pics !!!

  44. Very inspirational work! One day I would like to explore the world with you so that I can watch you closely.

  45. Russia – heart warming, Ethiopia – shocking, Afghanistan – moving, Kesenumma – awe inspiring. One topic and your pics draw so many emotions. I guess that’s why you are the ‘guru’ to so many. Thanks!

  46. Laura Hilger Says:

    Reblogged this on Strucknwords and commented:
    As usual, McCurry does some brilliant work!

  47. What a gorgeous post. Love the Kerouac opening quote. I’m particularly enamored of the images in Russia. there’s something about the simplicity of life I find very appealing.

  48. Anonymous Says:

    Very good!!

  49. Reblogged this on Neverending1's Blog and commented:
    These photos have nothing to do with gang stalking, but I thought all of you would enjoy looking at them. They’re stunning!

  50. Ah, I’m jealous you travel to so many fascinating places. Beautiful photos!

  51. Absolutely spectacular!!!!

  52. totally brilliant photography – well dunn, steve!

  53. nice photos. i love “Umbria, Italy” the most. love the path, love the trees, love the destination, esp i love back view shot:)

  54. More great images, I really do enjoy looking at Steve’s pictures

  55. Reblogged this on Gooseyanne's Blog and commented:
    More wonderful photographs from Steve McCurry – do take a moment to view them.

  56. Your wonderful photographs fill my soul and delight my eye – thank you so much for sharing.

  57. Anna Maria Says:

    Beautiful album..

  58. simon bates Says:

    Amazing images. Your work is always inspirational.

  59. Peter Forrest, M.D. Says:

    My Brother — your creations reach the heart.

  60. There are so many amazing images here; I lose count when I try to note which ones are my favorites and why! The fourth one because of the negative space between the young lad and the tree, and the poetic lines of that same tree. I admired the one from Fiji of the man walking down the road and his head is ‘just so’ captured/framed in the arc of the dark foliage in the background… both of the images from Russia were special – the first because it could be ‘anywhere’ on the planet.. the second because it’s so unique and pastoral. Mali? Not only is the tree great, the shadows great, but the way that bare limb cradles over that person’s head is also pure genius of design!
    The final image is a sobering reminder of the casualties of war. The quote is perfect.

    Thanks for the great time-out from a rainy day in Ecuador! z

  61. Anonymous Says:

    You are a genius! Your pictures tell us long story’s ?

  62. Si tuviese que elegir alguna no sabría por cual decidirme.


  63. Reblogged this on Winters Photography Online and commented:
    Steve McCurry’s blog oi always entrancing, I think. This post has the added thrill of some fabulous quotes (there are always quotes in his blog but these really caught me) — the Whitman quote sends chills as Whitman often does to me and the Kerouac has the dust of world weariness combined with anticipation that we expect from him.

  64. Every single photograph is a work of art. And the words that follows them makes it truly worth looking at a number of times. Thank you so much for posting these.

  65. Amazing and inspiring = Steve McCurry :o)

  66. I find your work thoughtful, moving and inspiring . . . This series seemed to strike a deeper chord as I’m often taken by images of souls as they move thru their environments, whether urban or otherwise. They remind me that I am them.

  67. Thanks for this — especially the Whitman quote. He is a favorite but somehow I missed that quote. It is like another wonderful quote of Proust — “We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world.” Best Wishes on the road.

  68. Incredible images, as always…thank you.

  69. Tante strade, tante vite, tante difficoltà diverse.
    Spettacolare questa serie di fotografie, fa notare quanto sono diverse le strade della vita che le persone devono percorrere

  70. If you ever need a traveling companion, I’ll carry your bags. What a wonderful array of experiences you have. Wonderful photography….I wait for you blog posts and eat them up like a good meal. Thank you for sharing. Catherine

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