Horses and Humans

COLOMBIA-10001 (2)Colombia

They gallop and trot, whinny and neigh, capturing our imagination — and our hearts.
Indeed, horses are said to have done more to change human history than any
other domestic animal,
once upon a time carrying explorers to
new frontiers and mighty armies to great conquests.
Nature,  PBS


When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk:
he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it;

the basest horn of his hoof is more
musical than the pipe of Hermes.

– William Shakespeare, Henry V

Kabul Survey TripAfghanistan


There is something about the outside of a horse
that is good for the inside of a man.
– Winston Churchill


A horse! a horse! My kingdom for a horse!
-William Shakespeare, Richard III

01025_20, Paraguay, 10/1988Paraguay

A horse gallops with his lungs,
Perseveres with his heart,
And wins with his character.
– Fredrico Tesio


01110_18; Lahore; Pakistan; 04/1983, PAKISTAN-10097Pakistan

BURMA-10391, Burma, 02/2011Burma

A horse is worth more than riches.
– Spanish Proverb

_DSC7490, Lombari, Brazil, 2010, BRAZIL-10011NF9Brazil

00010_05, USA-10208, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA,United States

ITALY-10591NF2 (1)Italy

AFGHN-12834 (2)Pakistan

00635_04, Lavazza, Honduras, 2004, HONDURAS-10018NF3Honduras


There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse.
– Robert Smith Surtees


Somewhere in time’s own space
There must be some sweet pastured place
Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow
Some paradise where horses go,
For by the love that guides my pen
I know great horses live again.
– Stanley Harrison


00510_11retouched_KateDaigneault 09/11/2013Morocco

And Allah took a handful of southerly wind,
blew His breath over it, and created the horse.
Thou shall fly without wings, and conquer without any sword.
– Bedouin Legend


In riding horses we borrow freedom.
-Helen Thompson


USA-10387, Texas; USA; 2006; PORTRAITS_APPUnited States


00512_02; Baluchistan; Pakistan; 03/1981; BIO-10274NF2Steve McCurry in Baluchistan, Pakistan

Current Exhibitions
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Torino, Italy
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Nice, France
27 June 2014 through 28 September 2014


57 Responses to “Horses and Humans”

  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    There’s always been that connection …. horses and humans!! Awesome pictures!!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    just LOVE the pictures and the words…took a few borrow. thanks x sharring:-) Lucía from Argentina.

  3. These are so wonderful. Your talents at photography, composition, and lighting are amazing. I never fail to be awestruck.

  4. Reblogged this on Ideas_R_Bulletproof and commented:
    extraordinary depiction of relationship between humans and horses portrayed by the great Steve McCurry……

  5. You capture the spirit of horses– their unique beauty and magic– and create longing in the horse-lover to be one with a horse in real life.

  6. Great looking pictures

  7. […] Horses and Humans, mais um extraordinário post no blog de Steve McCurry. […]

  8. Fantástica fotografía y reportaje, un estupendo regalo para los que vemos tu trabajo.

  9. Thank…dep qua..

  10. Reblogged this on Giai01's Blog and commented:

  11. A beautiful tribute to these beautiful beings … thank you.

  12. Indeed they have, and do. To me, horses represent the best qualities of humans … grace, beauty, strength, gentleness, and loyalty, which is why my first novel is called DARK HORSES.

  13. Horses and Humans what a gift you share to photograph and capture the connections. I am a equine assisted therapist and have been lucky enough to be alongside and experience the true magic of horses mirroring people. Offering such deep insights only horses can. Feeding the soul. Check out EAGALA model.thank you Selina

  14. Your work is so beautiful – would you mind explaining what’s going on in the one from Afghanistan?

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Magnificent photos. They take my breath away.

  16. Such stunningly beautiful photos – you have such a talent. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  17. Love it Steve, love the light captured.

  18. Reblogged this on Ned Hamson Second Line View of the News and commented:
    Horses and people – complicated and simple, humane and inhumane…

  19. What beautiful photos and quotes. Thank you.

  20. Scatti veramente magici!

  21. David Bannister Says:

    I look forward to these posts and am wonderfully captured every time a new one shows up. thank you so much for offering us visual heaven!

  22. these images take my breath away thank you Steve

  23. The photos…. the quotes… I absolutely love this website. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Anonymous Says:

    Magnificent dreatures captured perfectly. Hadassah

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  26. Reblogged this on crossing media and commented:
    Da quando ho scoperto che Steve McCurry tiene pure un blog fotografico, aspetto i suoi post come il galeotto brama l’ora d’aria. Stavolta protagonisti sono i cavalli.

  27. Reblogged this on Bruno Gomes Fotografia and commented:
    A visão fantástica de Steve McCurry’s…

  28. I just can’t get enough of your photos. Stunning once again.

  29. Only you can produce so many different pictures form all over the world for any single topic !!! Another great collection from you Steve !!!!

  30. nicole REISCH galante Says:

    Exquisite photography of the Creator’s most exquisite creature!
    Thank you,

  31. Incredible shots. I love the Kashmir shot. The two men, though surrounded by an immense landscape, dominate the scene.

  32. Fantastic animal. Faithful .. should be equal to Dogs !! Well captured images as usual ..

  33. I really enjoyed this! Beautiful.

  34. I love the one taken in Italy with the two gentlemen between the two horses

  35. Reblogged this on Neverending1's Blog and commented:
    I’ve always loved horses…enjoy photos by Steve McCurry. NE1

  36. Long Liu Says:

    Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:20:04 +0000 To:

  37. Lovely photos as always. The theme is wonderful. Horses have accompanied humans throughout history. Love the picture of Mr. McCurry.

  38. Golda Soriano Says:

    beautiful. a lot to learn.

  39. Connie Jensen Says:

    You come up with the Best themes, Steve! Wonderful work as always, thank you for sharing your vision. Best regards Connie Fisher Jensen NY city and Vermont Sent through space from a Droid 2

  40. Superb as always, but this is one of the top 5 in the last five! :o)

  41. “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!” (Shakespeare)

  42. Splendide série … Bravo ! Merci Steve pour le partage:)

  43. Thanks for this beautiful set

  44. Wonderful… as usual!!! The best Picture, in my opinion, is that in Kashmir. Two men in cold air and theis horses wich seem not to have cold. Thanks for the emotions you give us

  45. The magic of horses and their humans beautifully captured. And, a nice treat to see a portrait of you on your steed, Steve. Thanks for this beautiful set.

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