Where the World Meets

Buying and Selling in the World’s Bazaars, Souks, and Markets

Street scene, Calcutta, India, 1996Kolkata, India

In The Bazaars of Hyderabad
What do you sell, Oh ye merchants?
Richly your wares are displayed,
Turbans of crimson and silver,
Tunics of purple brocade,
Mirrors with panels of amber,
Daggers with handles of jade.

AFGHN-12834Quissa Khawani Bazaar, Peshawar, Pakistan

What do you weigh, Oh ye vendors?
Saffron, lentil and rice.

AFGHN-12348Pul–i-Khumri, Afghanistan

What do you cry, Oh fruitmen?
Citron, pomegranate and plum.


What do you call, Oh ye pedlars?
Chessmen and ivory dice.

653692_esSanaa, Yemen

What do you make, Oh ye goldsmiths?
Wristlet and anklet and ring,
Bells for the feet of blue pigeons,
Frail as a dragon-fly’s wing,
Girdles of gold for the dancers,
Scabbards of gold for the king.
Sarojini Naidu (1879-1949)
Known as The Nightingale of India

00116_03, Hong Kong, China, 1985. CHINA-10041. Women in a market in China.Hong Kong, China

UZBEKISTAN-10009_esSamarkand, Uzbekistan

YEMEN-10033NFSanaa, Yemen

TURKEY-10056, Istanbul, Turkey, 07/1997Istanbul, Turkey

LondonMarketLondon, United Kingdom

_DSC6417; India; 2007, INDIA-11631NFIndia

I will open thee a merchant’s store, furnished with the costliest stuffs,
and thou shalt become famous amongst the folk, and take and give,
and buy and sell, and be well known in the city.
The Arabian Nights

00416_17, Istanbul, Turkey, 07/1997, TURKEY-10116Istanbul, Turkey

CAMBODIA-10309 (1)Cambodia

AFGHN-13899Kabul, Afghanistan

PHILIPPINES-10007NFZamboanga, Philippines

AFGHN-10033Part of the old Bamiyan bazaar, Afghanistan

Carved into the mountainside by Buddhist monks between the second and fifth centuries, the
Buddhas of Bamiyan were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. 



76 Responses to “Where the World Meets”

  1. What’s up, all is going fine here and ofcourse every one
    is sharing information, that’s truly excellent, keep up writing.

  2. Beautiful images as always. Your photos leave me pensive for days!

  3. What can I say Mr. McCurry? You’re the man!:)

  4. nice one Steve,

    love the tone of some of the middle eastern shots, some felt like biblical scenes.

    also like the idea of sorting phots in the themes you use. almost poetic

  5. amin chauhan Says:

    most beutiful

  6. Very rich story telling images. I felt I was there in the sun, the scents and sounds.

  7. This may be the most richly put together post I have seen… My senses feel like they are on vacation, enjoying and getting lost within these sets of photos and stories. Simply Beautiful.

  8. Wow, your photos are fabulous! I have a couple of more markets to visit after seeing these beautiful images.

  9. Hi Steve:) I really appreciate your posts and wanted to share your blog with my readers.

  10. I think, there is maybe no better place to discover a country, than to visit markets and so on.


  12. Reblogged this on khaledabdi001 and commented:
    This is a great Artist !
    مصور من طراز فريد !

  13. Those are some wonderful impressions in amazingly warm colors. I love especially your photos from Yemen and Afghanistan, two places I haven’t been able to visit yet. But being a fan of all bazaars and markets anyway, your images certainly encourage getting out there and discovering the beauty of local merchant life…:)

  14. This is my favorite photographers’s blog. Such gorgeous work… And let me invite all of you to submit to “Utah Wilderness 50.” We hope for photographs of the same caliber as Steve McCurry’s: http://nhmu.utah.edu/wilderness50

  15. Always, wonderful collections ..

  16. i love seeing the world thru your prespective

  17. Jerry Espinoza Says:

    Wonderful images, but I missed some pictures of markets in Mexico, the most colorful and beautiful I’ve ever visited.

  18. Opposites, which belong together. Every picture a great scenery.

  19. amazing post. I can still feel all the rich color! beautiful.

  20. Ana maria teresa de Hollanda cavalcanti Says:

    Thank you again for your exceptionally well done photos and texts!!!!

  21. Ana maria teresa de Hollanda cavalcanti Says:

    Thank you again for your exceptionally well done photos and texts!!

  22. ghalib khan Says:

    i look forward to every new entry, not only the photographs but the accompanying text too. thank you very much

  23. Reblogged this on storyflower and commented:

  24. Reblogged this on performance~marks and commented:
    Steve McCurry’s new photo collection celebrates the coloured richness and diverse temptations of the marketplace (real place markets not the mirage of money trading rooms) – including London’s beloved Borough Market. You can smell the smells and hear the sounds in these scenes. And, as always, McCurry’s pictures remind us of the universality of our human life and experience. Enjoy…

  25. […] Where the World Meets | Steve McCurrys Blog. […]

  26. Absolutely wonderful. I can’t get enough of your blog postings!

  27. Lucie van Dongen Says:

    This ability to capture the day live with such fantastic eyes and emotion is simply fabulous and sharing that vision is each time an eternal joy and discovery.

  28. I would SO LOVE to go!

  29. beautiful photos as always and the poem sums up all the wonder of bazaars all over the world

  30. Thank you for such beautiful, inspiring pictures.

  31. Outstanding, as always. Thank you so much for sharing.


  32. Great Theme, Great Explication…!

  33. Thank u for sharing lovely photographs.Keep it up!

  34. Excellent photographs. Thank you for sharing!

  35. Anonymous Says:

    Sempre bellissime!!!

  36. […] immer sehenswert, die Fotoserien auf dem Blog von Steve McCurry; diesmal mit Motiven von den Basaren und Märkten der […]

  37. Your pictures open my inner eyes. I found that last picture very sad. Some of the others too, where children are trying to make a living. Thank you for recording so much beauty, even amidst dire poverty, and so much truth.

  38. Anonymous Says:

    No me canso de ver tus fotos. Te admiro y no admiro a muchos fotografos

  39. Reblogged this on AnaFeioemTestes and commented:
    gostei muito!

  40. I like the way these pictures have been sequenced, and their selection. There seems to be some affinity between them, as well as differences and their unique characters. The simplicity of the words (poem) adds to the ambiance. I was surprised to realize that as I went through these sequence, I “felt” something.

  41. Thank you for all your amazing photos! amazing!!!

  42. Sempre foto meravigliose…
    Grazie Steve !

  43. Akin Ozbekligil Says:

    Cok güzel calısmalar , tebrikler.

  44. In looking at these images, I realize how amazing a photographer you are, Steve. Not just the emotional content but the graphical nature of your imagery. This amazing talent comes to only a few photographers of which you are one. Thanks for sharing!!!

  45. What wonderful images with very well chosen poetry and quotes. It created a strong urge to travel.:)

  46. Toril Øverli Says:

    Wonderful! Love the colors, people, and the mood in Your photos.

  47. Bellissime!! Grazie

  48. Kathleen O Rourke Says:

    As ever the pictures sing and the words resonate perfectly.The magic of McCurry

  49. Great theme, great pictures.

  50. Thank you for taking us on a fantastic journey to markets around the world Steve McCurry!

  51. your photos bring the atmosphere and colours across wondefully

  52. Anonymous Says:

    wonderful Pics,

  53. Reblogged this on Ideas_R_Bulletproof and commented:
    another classic compilation from the great Steve McCurry….. when combined, they give an idea of how diverse the world is…..

  54. Your work is inspirational in sooo many ways…images with stories to tell and emotions so deep. I bow to you.. : ))

  55. Different concept chosen, fantastic photographs as always, thanks Steve McCurry

  56. Like the concept and wonderful photographs as always….

  57. Beautiful Steve, always loved and admired the way you capture the face of… HUMANITY!

  58. Kathleen Says:

    Someday maybe I’ll manage to leave a different comment than, “Wow, you are a genius and national treasure, thanks so much”, but today I am once again so deeply appreciative of your work and the accompanying poetry that I really have nothing else to say .

  59. Anonymous Says:

    superb !!!

  60. Amazing photos!

  61. Humainement exceptionnelles! Merci Steve!

  62. So, there’s also floating market at Kashmir, nice. i though it just exists at Southeast Asia:).
    Great pictures:)

  63. Amazing series… The first one is simply stunning!

  64. Reblogged this on PhoToph30 and commented:
    Des marchés de tous les coins du monde, superbe.. encore:)

  65. Amazing, as always, Steve. I love photos of markets around the world, and yours are marvelous. I especially love that first one of Kolkata.:-)

  66. Amazing, love the poetry that accompanies the photos too.

  67. Golda Kocubej Soriano Says:

    Thank you. Emotional like always.

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