Morning Glory

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

102 Responses to “Morning Glory”

  1. These photos are absolutely gorgeous! I really enjoyed looking at them and the stories that they tell.

  2. Wonderful! Sharing your beautiful pics reblogged it to my circle.

  3. a very impressive pic!!!

  4. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. May Love and Light follow you where ever you go. Erika

  5. […] ephemera never before published. The photo essays on his blog always dazzle us, like his new post “Morning Glory.” Time’s LightBox blog — a VIP site — featured Steve’s book, […]

  6. Beautiful pictures from a good soul. Capturing the mystery and power of dawn, and the infinite ways we appropriate it.
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. […] never before published. The photo essays on his blog always amaze us, like his recent post “Morning Glory.” Time’s LightBox blog — a VIP site — featured Steve’s book, […]

  8. […] never before published. The photo essays on his blog always amaze us, like his recent post “Morning Glory.” Time’s LightBox blog — a VIP site — featured Steve’s book, […]

  9. Reblogged this on Pic and Pen and commented:
    Fabulous click

  10. The pictures are extraordinary. The pictures are perfect and tells the love of culture. Thanks for such beautiful pictures.

  11. Gorgeous and inspiring! Every shot instantly delivers its own powerful message – thank you!

  12. Amazing collection of photos. Specifically love the photo of the passing of the tea from one carriage to another. Very inspiring.

  13. Fabulous collection of the beautiful pictures!!!!!!!

  14. D’une beauté et d’une force à couper le souffle!

  15. Great poets lighting up magnificent mornings.

  16. roxxxxy44 Says:

    Reblogged this on ROXXXXYBABEEEE.

  17. Steve, your art and love of culture continually inspires me.

  18. So inspiring… #Love all the pics…

  19. Acep Abdullah Says:


  20. Slavomir St. Says:

    Great collection again ….

  21. Mr. Chandan D. N. Gaonkar Says:

    You are great….! Classic Pictorial Clicks…! Thanks for sharing.
    Chandan D. N. Gaonkar

  22. As always, amazing. I’m looking forward to your Sept release!

  23. love………….

  24. Reblogueó esto en Antoni Coll Lázaro – Photographyy comentado:
    Add your thoughts here… (optional)

  25. Love the station photo so so much. Your art gives me hope.

  26. wonderful and amazing images

  27. Got this book from Phaidon 15 days ago. Incredible insight into Steve photography! A must have!

  28. S. N. Rama Raju Says:

    I always look forward to Steve’s wonderful pictures.

  29. Reblogged this on Ideas_R_Bulletproof and commented:
    some classic morning photos from around the globe by the great Steve McCurry…..

  30. Amazing!!! Light that you capture, emotions, moments … amazing!!!

  31. Reblogged this on performance~marks and commented:
    Morning Glory
    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

    Steve McCurry’s latest photo collection that lets us look into the soul of ourselves and smile…

  32. Fantastic, but we would expect no less from you.

  33. Anonymous Says:

    Your pictures are so full of clarity, depth and humanity. I thoroughly enjoy looking at them and the words and poetry you gather for each are just so perfectly matched. Thanks so much for showing us the world.

  34. As always, the pictures ae mesmerizing. Thank you for sharing them. I’ll be up tomorrow morning appreciating it more.

  35. waiting forward to see your book published! as always, magnificent works!

  36. nicely captured.

  37. Impressive work Steve…great pictures.. Congrats..

  38. Really looking forward to reading the book!

  39. Anonymous Says:

    I LOVE THESE! Your blog always brings such joy Steve, as your images make the world look so very special. Thank you!

  40. Anonymous Says:

    I LOVE THESE! Your blog always cheers my day Steve, as your images are so beautiful and you make the world look so very special. THANK YOU!

  41. […] bu sabahı üstat Steve McCurry‘nin bu şahane fotoğrafıyla taçlandırmak istedim. Fantastik ülke Pakistan’dan, […]

  42. Wonderful pictures – You take your pictures not with your eyes but with your heart. what a good man you should be!

  43. Payoshni Jain Says:

    OMG … I think i just have skipped ma heart bit !!❤ Fantabulous work .. #respect

  44. nice collection, thank you very much…

  45. Katherine israel-Koedel Says:

    Steve McCurry has his own world of colors – breathtaking!

  46. I am sure you would have heard it often – as is evident on every one of these posts. So here is one more to add to the ever expanding list of fan-mails! The quotes accompanying your pictures are always apt and together – fine poetry with fine pictures – they are a perfect combination, sure to cast a spell on anyone! This set is perhaps one I have enjoyed the most. Thank you for the great pictures.

  47. Reblogged this on The Eagle Pen and commented:
    Pictures like these make me feel like I wanna travel the world and take photos. ah well I will someday. #dreams #wishful #thoughts #desires

  48. tamarapatrice Says:

    Reblogged this on Tamara Reynolds Photography.

  49. Tamara Reynolds Says:

    So wonderful

  50. Wonderful, as ever. I cannot wait to purchase your new book.

  51. A beautiful photograph!

    • Actually – I continue – Beautiful and telling Photographs – all of them. I especially like the one of the two men passing the food tray from one car to the other on the speeding train, in Pakistan … my first time seeing that. Well done, Steve! I always enjoy seeing your photographs – they are inspiring to say the least. :)

  52. Amazing series… Love each and every pic …. Thank you for showing a different world!!!!

  53. Charlotte Russell Says:

    Is there any way to get one or two copies of your book autographed when it comes out in September?

  54. Reblogged this on Neverending1's Blog and commented:
    More photos from Steve McCurry. Enjoy!

  55. I love the photo of the two waiters passing breakfast on the speeding train. A little scary. Your photos, as always, are stunning!

  56. Amazing images! Your vision is magical!

  57. Reblogged this on ELANA – The Voice of the Future and commented:

  58. Extraordinary, as always Steve, Thank you for your art ans sensitivity.

  59. Christine Larsen Says:

    Thanks Steve, your work takes my breath away!

  60. Reblogged this on Womanseyeview's Blog and commented:
    Amazing photographic art – these will move you!

  61. I just love your photos……they are just brilliantly wonderful! They touch a place in my heart. Thankyou again

  62. These photos touch my heart. They capture the essence of humanity. Thank you. Estelle

  63. The glimpses of life that you provide are a treasure. I especially love the one of the two men passing breakfast tea between cars on the railway in Pakistan. That’s certainly a sight that we wouldn’t see in the U.S. Delightful!

    The bold, rich colors in your photos … wonderful!

  64. Gracias Steve por compartir con tanta generocidad tus trabajos.
    Lo que me gustaría saber si en la Argentina “Untold” se va a poder conseguir y donde
    Nuevamente felicitaciones

  65. I enjoy every entries, you are the best of anthropological photographers, Steve !!

  66. Reblogged this on Pearl St. Gallery and commented:
    Some more stunning photos from Steve McCurry

  67. I bought the book in Siena (Italy) after visiting the amazing showcase of Mccurry’s photos!
    Really interesting (both the book and the showcase)!
    His works are awesome! The opportunity to visit and photograph almost every country in the world is a gift that he use in the best way.

    Thank you Steve…
    Lorenzo Rui.

  68. The magic of capturing light…
    The flower vender photo is out-of-this-world.

  69. Fantastic photography, as always. My favourite of this series is the passing of breakfast between cars in Pakistan. But, doesn’t the tea get cold?:)

  70. […] Reblogged from Steve McCurry's Blog: […]

  71. Reblogged this on Nomans Land Creative Blog and commented:
    Morning Glory:
    We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness.Add your thoughts here… (optional)

  72. Your work is always such a special pleasure to view.

  73. A stunning celebration of Beauty. Thank you. Anna

  74. Toujours un bonheur de regarder les photos de Steve McCurry!

  75. Love love the cat with the monk – or is it the monk with the cat? – early morning meditation. Perfect.
    Your book will be my Christmas present to myself.

  76. As always, I can’t even express how much I enjoy your photography and your selection of themes.

  77. Mark Weyman Says:

    Please please please Steve, let me come and work alongside you! Diligent hard working photographer who has a passion for people and lives but can’t seem to get his right!

    Would love to watch and learn

  78. Breathtaking and captivating.

  79. Reblogged this on Through the Looking Glass and commented:
    Amazing photos from Steve McCurry

  80. wow, these are wonderful, i think i can almost feel the morning sun in some photos!

  81. Thank you for this.The photographs are gorgeous!

  82. Yet another stunning series.

  83. Diana Duncan Says:

    Lovely ! Thank you

    Best regards, Diana Duncan

  84. Groundskeepers in Chiang-Mai, Thailand, AWESOME!

  85. Silvia Fouani Says:


  86. Ah,.,, what refreshing photos… those passport and letters are part of history of photography in subcontinent…

  87. Reblogged this on Caixa Negra and commented:
    Mais um livro de Steve McCurry a caminho da minha estante ….

  88. Steve beautiful like always. I am looking forward buying your nwe book. Congratulations

  89. Fantastic pictures, very special!

  90. Dokjang Says:

    I appreciate the comments – a little more detailed than usual – below the photographs. I would like to know even more, though! (I’ll have to buy The Stories Behind the Photographs then, I guess.)

    After seeing the photo “Morning coffee in Tanzania” I was thinking it would be a wonderful collection of Smiles.

  91. Stunning, captivating, pleasing photos! Thanx once again! K

  92. Just stunning…

  93. Another great collection! Thanks, Ron.

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