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When Words Fail

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When words fail, music speaks.
– Hans Christian Andersen

FRANCE-10081, Paris, France, Modern , 12/1989 PORTRAITS_APPFrance

Music is the universal language of mankind.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

_2SM7437, Umbria, Italy, 2012, ITALY-10534. A woman sings on the street.Italy

USA-10757Stevie Wonder performing in Los Angeles

Music is the language of the spirit.
It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.
-Khalil Gibran


Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities ,
and in time of care and sorrow,
will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.
  – Dietrich Bonhoeffer




Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination,
and life to everything.
– Plato

01030_04Dance class in Los Angeles, California

Music . . . can name the unnameable and
communicate the unknowable.

– Leonard Bernstein

USA-10654New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina


I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music.
I see my life in terms of music.

– Albert Einstein


Musicians paint their pictures on silence.
– Leopold Stokowski


Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.
– Robert Fripp



Snake Charmer, Morocco, 03/1988, MOROCCO-10038Morocco

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”
– J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone



To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.
– Aaron Copland

_SM15545, Havana, Cuba, 2010, CUBA-10020Cuba


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Morning Glory

Posted in Uncategorized on August 13, 2013 by stevemccurry

How sweet the morning air is!
See how that one little cloud floats like a pink feather from some gigantic flamingo.
How small we feel with our petty ambitions and strivings in the
presence of the great elemental forces of nature.
– Arthur Conan Doyle 

INDIA-10838 (2)
Agra, India

I’ll tell you how the sun rose,
A ribbon at a time.

The steeples swam in amethyst,
The news like squirrels ran.
 The hills untied their bonnets,
The bobolinks begun.
Then I said softly to myself,
That must have been the sun …
– Emily Dickinson

KASHMIR-10067 A flower vendor paddles through Dal Lake, Kashmir

PAKISTAN-10032Breakfast tea being passed between cars on the railway in Pakistan

We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness.

INDIA-10204Early morning at the Old Delhi Train Station, India 

There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free.
Don’t miss so many of them. 

–  Jo Walton

AFGHN-10182nsAfghan man makes his early morning rounds

AFGHN-12813nsBamiyan Province, Afghanistan

INDIA-10845Girl cooking morning meal, Uttarakhand, India

TANZANIA-10023Morning coffee in Tanzania

INDIA-10907, Varanasi, India, 2010Varanasi, India

KASHMIR-10100It’s early morning and the men know that it is vital to jostle for the
best spot from which to sell their wares on Dal Lake, Kashmir

BURMA-10147NFProcession of monks walk for their morning alms in Rangoon, Burma

Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. 
Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.
–  Leonora Carrington

ITALY-10468 Italy

Dawn – the marginal minute of the dark when the grove is still mute, save for one prophetic bird
who sings with a clear-voiced conviction that he at least knows the correct time of day,
the rest preserving silence as if equally convinced that he is mistaken.
– Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles

_SM13504, Chiang-Mai, Thailand, 2011Groundskeepers in Chiang-Mai, Thailand

00672_15, Morocco, 03/1988, MOROCCO-10131Man peers into the early morning light in Morocco

YEMEN-10003Sanaa, Yemen

Dawn was breaking over the horizon, shell pink and faintly gold…
–  J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

BURMA-10213NFA cat basks in the warmth of the morning sun, Burma


INDIA-10908Jodhpur, India


Young girl in a windowsill, Latin America, 2004Honduras


Untold:  The Stories Behind the Photographs published by Phaidon Press, will be available in September, 2013
It will include many items of ephemera never seen or published.

Bio, Ephemera, Louva, Afghanistan, 07302013




Bio, Ephemera, Louva, Yemen, 07302013


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