Geography holds billions of people in its grip.
We are all born into natural and cultural environments
that shape what we become, individually and collectively.
– Harm de Blij, The Power of Place:
Geography, Destiny, and Globalization’s Rough Landscape

INDIA-12211Rajasthan, India

 From our “mother tongue” to our father’s faith, 
from medical risks to natural hazards,
where we start our journey has much to do with our future.
op cit

ITALY-10481Camino, Italy

00214_ 006Mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

Where you live determines how you live.

USA-10872Georgia, United States

In literature, setting (where and when the story takes place)
is determanitive of conflict and plot.

USA-10654New Orleans, Louisiana, United States


AFGHN-12344NFKabul, Afghanistan

CAMBODIA-10270Dith Pran, journalist and survivor of the genocide in Cambodia, coined the term “Killing Fields”

FRANCE-10019, Père Lachaise Cemetery, France, Political, 08/1988Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France
Resting place of Frederic Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, and hundreds more.

YEMEN-10048, Safan, Yemen, 1999.Yemen

Street scene, Calcutta, India, 1996Kolkata, India

HONDURAS-10006NF3 (1)Honduras

Place is a powerful arbitrator. 
– Ibid

RUSSIA-10069NFKarelia, Russia

 Where you are born–what you are born into,
the place, the history of the place, how that history mates with your own, 
stamps who you are, whatever the pundits of globalisation have to say.
 – Jeanette Winterson

JAPAN-10026Tokyo, Japan


BURMA-10276, Myanmar, Burma, 02/2011Burma

USA-10910Elberton, Georgia, United States

_SM11420, Chiang-Mai, Thailand, 2011, THAILAND-10087Chiang Mai, Thailand

USA-10915United States



AFGHN-10037NFHerat, Afghanistan

Upcoming Exhibitions

Beetles & Huxley Gallery
London, UK
12 May through 7 June 2014

Alex Del Piero Gallery
Torino, Italy
16 May through 31 August 2014

82 Responses to “POWER OF PLACE”

  1. Kamal Jain Says:

    Fantastic. No words to explain. It is really a wonderful collection of images of reality.


    powerful and impacting photos making you feel belonging to this planet

  3. Beautiful and inspiring pictures! I love your style!

  4. adene katzenmeyer Says:

    These pictures are so wonderful. Love to see the rest of the world.

  5. Great shots,wonderful planet that we live…..thanks for sharing….the message is enormous…

  6. Anonymous Says:

    im honored to witness so beauuuuutiful awesome shots of such a great great photographer like you

  7. What a lens you have in your eyes Steve ! Amazing shots.

  8. Just to add to what the others have said…what a spectacular collection of images.

  9. Ranjana Mittal Says:

    Magnificent & very soul stirring images. Will be on mind for ever…..Difficult to believe- it is one world!

  10. LW Warfel Says:

    Your photos communicate not only place, but also life and love. We are so different. We are so much the same. Thank you for sharing these glimpses of other homes.

  11. Reblogged this on Jeanne Marklin and commented:
    Seeing the way people live all over the world helps give us perspective on our own culture. Theses photographs illustrate the challenges and blessings of life lived through McCurry’s amazing eyes.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    What an awsome photos,good job.

  13. Reblogged this on Lifechange Counseling and commented:
    Reminder of how our “home” influences who we are. Also a great reminder to appreciate what we have, wherever we are.

  14. Reblogged this on brensphotos and commented:
    So true…

  15. dmitrylarionov Says:

    Reblogged this on DMITRY LARIONOV.

  16. What a powerful series. Each image is just so thrilling…

  17. Reblogged this on Bad Blog.

  18. Reblogged this on Oxford School of Photography and commented:
    place, light, emotion

  19. Nice pictures

  20. Anonymous Says:

    ”Keep cliks:)

  21. So strong feelings I get from all these photos
    And a strong respect for you , again

    • I concur, and I am grateful for them and the limited commentary to be read while feeling what the image inspires. Much to appreciate from this web site. Now with an introduction to this photographer. Respect, a good word.

  22. […] Ganz und gar länderübergreifend wird es wieder bei Steve McCurry, diesmal mit dem Titel Power of Place. […]

  23. Wonderful photos.

  24. This is a very cool blog. :)

  25. Thank you again for a magnificent view of the world.

  26. Wow what powerful photos… and the quotes fit them perfectly!

  27. Amazing photos as always… your work is inspiring and motivating … thanks for posting

  28. The fantastic diversity of our world !! Great images.

  29. congratulations

  30. Un trabajo excepcional

  31. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown and commented:
    Absolutely amazing photographs. Thank you so much.

  32. Reblogged this on Words & Pics and commented:
    I just love this blog and all the wonderful pictures.
    It’s both for the pictures themselves, as well as for the people and places they show. Sometimes it’s almost hard to believe they actually exist in this world. But they do! Thank you for sharing!

  33. When I see your blog come up I know im in for a treat. Your perception of the world is breath catching. Namaste Trees

  34. Stunning

  35. Reblogged this on Ideas_R_Bulletproof and commented:
    this is how places should inspire people…. the great Steve McCurry shows us once again….

  36. Never fails to amaze:)

  37. cecilia Says:

    Awesome!!! You portray life as it is, the volume of reality shines through every photo and brings me back into my humble space of where i came from, which helped me shape my life. What we experience and see from all our friends on this earth as we travel through this amazing Planet should collectively kept in our own diary. I believe that the world could become a better place for that reason alone. your insight to all, with your talent is priceless. Thank you Steve.

  38. What beautiful photographs particularly the light and colours in the 3rd picture down.

  39. Gäthke Hans-Hartmut Says:

    Incredibly stirring and touching photographs. Thank you for sharing them with us. You are indelibly imprinting on my mind how much beauty and misery there is side by side in this world of ours to make me wish humankind would more reflect on this.

  40. Lis Steeden Says:

    As always it’s a pleasure seeing all those wonderful and powerful images you share with us. Many thanks and wishing you and yours a Happy Easter!:)

  41. Thank you so much that you always open my eyes. joe

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

  43. What a great set. The tree in the front yard in Georgia really struck a cord. So did the image of the man in Russia climbing over the fence.

  44. Steve, your work never ceases to amaze me.

  45. Magnificent photos and some very good comments. I love your work! Look forward to your emails each week.



  47. Reblogged this on davidkeith and commented:
    Amazing pictures as always!

  48. Lovely images, Steve

  49. Anonymous Says:

    Outstanding images. What else can I say. You really nail it.

  50. Place, time, and history are as much if not more of a determining factor of our life experiences as the choices we make. Few people in the US seem to understand that. Your photos make it immediate and understandable. Thank you.

  51. Foto molto incisive, che lasciano il segno.!!!

  52. Ain’t that the truth this first quote. Further on down, there’s quite the pic of Dith Pran, who apparently was the guy who came up with the term, the Killing Fields.


  53. Reblogged this on Neverending1's Blog and commented:
    Steve McCurry’s photos. – stunning as always. NE1

  54. Your images convey the heart and soul of each place photographed. The true essence of each community resonates throughout the images. Magnificent!

  55. Just amazing…

  56. Incredible. Evocative. Moving.

  57. impressive!!!

  58. Superb clicks. Bravo!

  59. Always wonderful images Steve !
    Thank you very much for sharing !

  60. Reblogged this on Max510's Blog and commented:
    Sempre fantastiche le immagini di Steve MCurry !

  61. How ever did you capture that unbelievable shot of the boy ‘gliding on water’ in Burma? What a serene atmosphere it has! Always a pleasure to see life through your eyes, Steve.

  62. What a wonderful set Steve, we all find our way in at less one of them and this set can remind us that the world is made of a lot of beauty and disaster and it is good to think of this some time .
    thank you for this little travel around the world with your pictures.
    Take care

  63. Thank you for posting! Truly inspiring!

  64. Incredible photos. Thank you. So many thought provoking images and lives.

  65. Reblogged this on Wonder and Beauty and commented:
    Where the story takes place . . . (please look at his whole post–one wonderful photographer)

  66. ANIRBAN Says:


  67. Shari Brase-Smith Says:

    What an awesome assembly of dynamic photos that speak volumes! Totally unforgettable!

  68. Thomas Long Says:

    Hi Steve:

    Where in N.O. is the photo “New Orleans, Louisiana, United States”

    Thank You


  69. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Awesome photography ….. a picture says a thousand words!!

  70. Powerful photos and images.

  71. Another stunning and evocative gallery, Steve. I also love the quotes that speak to how place shapes us. It’s always a pleasure to see the world through your eyes.

  72. Another post that I will remember for a long time to come… All of them transport you to another land almost magically….

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