Sacred Trust

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2015 by stevemccurry

There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children.
There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected,
that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want
and that they can grow up in peace.
– Kofi Annan

SAM_2957; Rajasthan, India; 05/2008, INDIA-11398. Girl carrying stone.  retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 03/19/2015


DSC_8662, Philippines, 01/2014, PHILIPPINES-10139NF4. A boy pushes a cart with wood. Retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 2/9/2014

Hazaras, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2006, AFGHN-13034NF. A father helps his son make candy. MM7424_061007_11017 Confectionary factory, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2006. Pg 234. Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 11/14/2012

Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together,
and if you continue to use the labor of children as the
treatment for the social disease of poverty,

you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.
 –  Grace Abbott

01844_12, Lavazza, Honduras, 2005, HONDURAS-10044NF3. A boy carrying sticks.  retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 09/05/2014

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies is, 
in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are
cold and are not clothed.  This world in arms is not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists,
the hopes of its children.

–President Dwight David Eisenhower

Shoeshine boy, Lhasa, Tibet, 2000 This shoeshine boy is accustomed to catching the eye of a potential customer. Working on the street, he pauses for a moment to see if McCurry wants more than just a photograph. The numbered stool indicates that he is part of a bigger operation of vendors traversing the city in search of business. Phaidon, Iconic Images, final book_iconic final print_Birmingham retouched_Sonny Fabbri 06/18/2013

00544_05. Bangladesh, 1983, BANGLADESH-10014. Young boys carry wood.  Retouched_Ashley Crabill 05/28/2013

For the past three decades as I traveled the world on assignment I
 have witnessed children working in fields, factories, ditches, tunnels,
mines, and ship-breaking yards.

An 11-year-old boy stands outside a gold mine where he works in Mindanao, Philippines, 1985. Portraits_Book PORTRAITS_Book

Hundreds of millions of children spend their 
childhood working and do not have an opportunity to
play, go to school, or live in a healthy environment.

00485_04, Burma/Myanmar, 03/1995, BURMA-10232. A young girl collects rocks. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 5/21/2013

There is no room for complacency when 215 million children are still labouring to survive and
more than half of these are exposed to the worst forms of child labour, including slavery and
involvement in armed conflict. We cannot allow the eradication of child labour
to slip down the development agenda — all countries should be striving to
achieve this target, individually and collectively.
– Juan Somavia

Moonsoons, Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1983 NYC62423, MCS1983005 K004 Portraits_Book

Amid attempts to protect elephants from ivory poachers and
dolphins from tuna nets,

the rights of children go remarkably unremarked.
– Anna Quindlen

_2SM8311; India, 04/2012, INDIA-11596

Child slavery is a crime against humanity.
Humanity itself is at stake here. A lot of work still remains, but
I will see the end of child labor in my lifetime.
– Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Laureate

A young boy works in a mill in Pul-i- Khumri, Afghanistan, 1992, final print_milan final print_MACRO

00075_15, Bombay, India, 1993, INDIA-10680NF. A young boy selling flowers. India_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 02/25/2015

00284_14, Charikar, Afghanistan, 2002, AFGHN-10211. A young miner holds a hammer. NYC65502, MCS2002002 K296 Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002. Pg 236, Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs. final print_milan PORTRAITS_book final print_MACRO retouched_Sonny Fabbri 4/18/2013

The object of employing children is not to train them,
but to get high profits from their work.
– Lewis Hine, 1908

Bombay/Mumbai, India, 1994, INDIA-10207. Welder in a ship-breaking yard. Vessels from around the world end up in this Bombay/Mumbai ship-breaking yard to be broken down into scrap. This worker is one of the many that reduce these colossal ships to tons of valuable iron. It is a dirty and dangerous job. Before turning to his next task, this worker's eyes catch McCurry's camera. Magnum Photos, NYC5952, MCS1993006 K030. From the tangle of deconstruction in the shipbreaking yard of Bombay, a young welder stepped forward in 1994 to engage the camera. His eyes, redoubled by the goggles on his forehead, draws our gaze away from the ship's empty hold and we wonder about this young man, whose face we cannot read fully, whose head is protected only by the cloth that covers his mouth. The promise of our gaze meeting, through a photograph, the look of another across time, and vastly different spaces is one of the signature strengths of McCurry's art. Bannon, Anthony. (2005). Steve McCurry. New York: Phaidon Press Inc., 27. National Geographic Magazine. Vol. 188, No. 3, pgs.56-57, March 1995, Bombay: India's Capital of Hope. Phaidon, 55, Portraits, South Southeast, Iconic Images, final book_iconic, iconic photographs Goggles and scarf shield this worker from the choking dust and smoke of the ship breaking yard. Old ships are brought from all over the world to be cut up for scrap metal. National Geographic: John McCarry (March 1995) Bombay: India's Capital of Hope, National Geographic. (vol.187 (3)) pp.42-67 Portraits_Book South Southeast_Book Steve Mccurry_Book Iconic_Book PORTRAITS_book Untold_book PORTRAITS_APP final print_MACRO final print_Sao Paulo final print_Birmingham India_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 02/26/2015

More than 168 million children are trapped in child labour.
More than half of them, 85 million, are in hazardous work.
– International Labour Organization, United Nations

00014_12, Sahel Desert, Niger River, Mali, 1986, MALI-10033. The west African monsoon feeds the Niger River which allows local people to fish. Magnum Photos, NYC62507, MCS1986006 K045. Unguarded Moment_Book final print_UrbanArt'12 retouched_Sonny Fabbri

02090_10, Afghanistan; 08/1992,  AFGHN-14326NF. Children weaving rugs. retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 04/16/2015Afghanistan


Patricia Conde Galeria
Lafontaine 73 Polanco,
Miguel Hidalgo 11550
Cd de México, D.F., Mexico
Opens July 18, 2015

Pictura Gallery
122 W 6th St,Bloomington, IN 47404
Opens August 7, 2015

Between Darkness and Light

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2015 by stevemccurry

Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows,
the light and dark which that thing provides.
– Junichiro Tanizak, In Praise of Shadows

SOUTH_AFRICA-10069 (1) South Africa

The shadow is that place between darkness and light.


 We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows,
the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates…
Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.
–  Junichiro Tanizaki

00937_ 07,Angkor Wat, Cambodia, 1998Cambodia

The lovliest things in life are but shadows, and they come and go, and
change and fade away…”
– Charles Dickens 

00056_04, Angkor Wat,  Angkor, Cambodia, 1998, CAMBODIA-10111. A little girl looks at the carvings. Magnum Photos, NYC8848, MCS1998012 K041. Sanctuary: Temples of Angkor_Book Retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 11/7/2013Cambodia

_DSC8410, Mandalay, Burma/Myanmar, 02/2013, BURMA-10573. A monk reads in a classroom. retouched _Sonny Fabbri 5/21/2014

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow.
– T. S. Eliot

_2SM5416; Rocca Paolina; Perugia, Umbria, Italy; 07/2012, ITALY-10405. Two saxophonists play during a jazz festival. retouched_Sonny Fabbri

“… there are shadows because there are hills. “
–  E.M.Forster, Room with a View

VIETNAM-10097 (1)Vietnam

A shadow on the wall
boughs stirred by the noonday wind
that’s enough earth
and for the eye
enough celestial participation.
– Gottfried Benn
Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann

00384_ 18, New York, USA, 05/2005, USA-10044NF retouched_Sonny Fabbri MAX PRINT SIZE: 20x24
New York City

I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow.
– Sylvia Plath

_SAM6326; Rajasthan; India; 2009; INDIA-11506. Rajasthan Shadows.  India_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 01/29/2015 MAX PRINT SIZE: 40X60 PORTRAITS_APP

The Sun never knew how wonderful it was
until it fell on the wall of a building.
Louis Kahn, Architect

quoted in forward of In Praise of Shadows,  Junichiro Tanizaki

00054_09, Preah Khan, Angkor, Cambodia, 1999, CAMBODIA-10049NF. Shadow Play.    Untold_book  retouched_Sonny Fabbri 10/29/2014

_DSC9569, Abu Dhabi, Seven Sisters, United Arab Emirates, 11/2014, UNITED_ARAB_EMIRATES-10051. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi. FINAL print_EMPTY QUARTER retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 01/30/2015
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi.United Arab Emirates

719670, Sahae Desert, Mali, 08/1986, MALI-10068

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

SAM_4570, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2/2009, BRAZIL-10010. A man running. final print_Genoa retouched_Sonny Fabbri MAX PRINT SIZE: 40X60

Shadow is the means by which bodies display their form.
The forms of bodies could not be understood in detail but for shadow.
– Leonardo da Vinci

00014_12, Sahel Desert, Niger River, Mali, 1986, MALI-10033. The west African monsoon feeds the Niger River which allows local people to fish. Magnum Photos, NYC62507, MCS1986006 K045. Unguarded Moment_Book final print_UrbanArt'12 retouched_Sonny Fabbri

Shards of light scatter indiscriminately
Half light at dusk yearns to remain
but is satisfied
by tomorrow’s promise
– Kay Earle

BURMA-10391, Burma, 02/2011Burma

Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002, AFGHN-10156. Beggar and shadow. On this particular day in Kabul, McCurry found a beggar women seeking charity outside a mosque. The ominous shadows of the buildings and passers-by convey a sense of intense isolation. It is a scene that has a changed little over the years. 'Every time I've returned,' McCurry recalls, 'I have found the same woman, begging by the same door.'


From These Hands, A Journey Along the Coffee Trail  has just been released by Phaidon Press.
From the foothills of the Andes to the slopes of Kilimanjaro, the images document the
realities of life for the
people working at the source of this drink which
millions of people enjoy every day – coffee.


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 11, 2015 by stevemccurry


Rajasthan, India

For months there is no rain, and then there is too much.
Half the world’s people survive at the whim of the monsoon.

INDIA-10926Bihar, India

I was eleven years old when I saw a photo essay on the monsoon in India in Life Magazine by
Brian Brake, the New Zealand-born Magnum photographer.
His work established his reputation as a master color photo essayist.
Twenty years later, I proposed a story to National Geographic to photograph the monsoon.

INDIA-11984Worli, India

INDIA-10214Bombay/Mumbai, India

01873_17, Bombay, India, 09/1993, INDIA-12471NF. Two children walk through the flooded streets of Bombay after school.  retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 10/30/2014India

INDIA-10004NFPorbandar, India


Monsoons, Australia, River, Arnumlan River, swollen by the Monsoon rains, snaking through Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia, 1984. Pg 55 Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs Untold_bookAustralia

01614_05, northern territory, Australia, 1984, Aboriginal with umbrella Retouched by Ekaterina Savtsova 04/11 2014Australia

Monsoon History

The air is wet, soaks
into mattresses, and curls
In apparitions of smoke,
Like fat white slugs furled
Among the timber
Or silver fish tunnelling
The damp linen covers
Of schoolbooks, or walking
Quietly like centipedes,
The air walking everywhere
On its hundred feet
Is filled with the glare
Of tropical water.
Again we are taken over
By clouds and rolling darkness.
Small snails appear
Clashing their timid horns
Among the morning glory
by Shirley Geok-lin Lim

INDONESIA-10001NF6Bojonegoro, Java, Indonesia

Last Night the Rain Spoke to Me
Last night
the rain
spoke to me
slowly, saying,
what joy
to come falling
out of the brisk cloud,
to be happy again
in a new way
on the earth!
by Mary Oliver 

NEPAL-10013Bagmati River, Kathmandu, Nepal

During the year I spent following the monsoon in a dozen countries,
I learned to see it as a critically important event, 

and not the disaster it had first seemed to my Western eyes. 

NEPAL-10002Bagmati River, Kathmandu, Nepal

Rain is grace;
Rain is the sky descending to the earth …
– John Updike



INDONESIA-10007Sulawesi, Indonesia

01177_01, Indonesia, 02/1984, INDONESIA-10036. Children playing on a makeshift boat retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 12/17/2014Indonesia

Farmers experience the monsoon as an almost religious experience as they
watch their fields come back 
to life after being parched for half the year. 

INDIA-11030Varanasi, India

For half the world’s people, good monsoons, those rain-bearing winds of
Asia and the Subcontinent, 
 mean life and prosperity.
Poor ones are marked by famine and death.

Porbandar, India

Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Only He shakes the heavens and from its treasures takes out the winds. 
He joins the waters and the clouds and produces the rain.
He does all those things. 

– Michael Servetus (1511-1553)
Spanish theologian, physician, cartographer

NEPAL-10049Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Monsoon flora, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1984. Magnum Photos, NYC31569, MCS1983002 K203. Monsoon_BookNepal

One Magical Instant

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2015 by stevemccurry

At one magical instant the page of a book – that string of confused, alien ciphers – shivered into meaning.
Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; At that moment, whole universes opened.
You became, irerevocably, a reader.
– Alberto Manguel

CHINA-10248Hong Kong

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
– Victor Hugo

NEPAL-10108Katmandu, Nepal

Everywhere I go in the world, I see young and old, rich and poor, reading books. Whether readers are engaged in the sacred or the secular, they are, for a time, transported to  another world.

AFGHN-14041 Kabul, Afghanistan

ITALY-10406 Sculpture by Gino Dedomincis, Umbria, Italy

We are familiar with words describing images, but not so familiar with images describing words and the impact reading has on our lives.

TURKEY-10212Istanbul, Turkey

_DSC1209 Havana, Cuba

Garrett Stewart’s book, The Look of Reading: Book, Painting, Text, explores the relationship of reading and art.He points out that a wide array of artists from Rembrandt to  Picasso and Cassatt and dozens more, over the past 500 years have depicted people reading and the “look of reading” on the subjects’ faces.

JAPAN-10138Tokyo, Japan

02053_14Refugee Camp, Peshawar, Pakistan

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
– Jorge Luis Borges

ITALY-10664Assisi, Umbria, Italy

A great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.
– Pablo Neruda

RUSSIA-10135 Sicily, Italy

We read to know we are not alone.
– C.S. Lewis

_DSC5709Bangkok, Thailand

USA-10824New York, United States

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.
– Anna Quindlen

BURMA-10780NFYangon, Burma

USA-10880 Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on… Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.
– Nora Ephron




_SM14516, Russia, 2010, RUSSIA-10075. A woman reads under a purple umbrella. Retouched_Ashley CrabillRussia

From These Hands, published by Phaidon Press, will be released on May 5.
From the foothills of the Andes to the slopes of Kilimanjaro,
images document the realities of life for the people working
at the source of this familiar commodity – coffee.


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2015 by stevemccurry


The world is your kaleidoscope, and the varying combinations of colors
which at every succeeding moment are the exquisitely adjusted
pictures of your ever-moving thoughts.
– James Allen


Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing?
Can one really explain this? No.
– Pablo Picasso



The purest and most thoughtful minds
are those which love color the most.

– John Ruskin



Our days are a kaleidoscope.
Every instant a change takes place in the contents.

New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort…
The most familiar people stand each moment in some
new relation to each other, to their work, to surrounding objects.
 – Harry Ward Beecher

Phokhara, Nepal, 1984, NEPAL-10009Portraits_bookPORTRAITS_bookNepal

USA-10027NFUnited States

All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.
– Marc Chagall

Liya KebedeLiya Kebede, Brazil


UNITED_KINGDOM-10053NF4Lemn Sissay, United Kingdom

There’s a time for everyone, If they only learn,
that the twisting kaleidoscope moves us all in turn. 
– Sir Elton John

USA-10796NFMary Brown Ward, United States

A Toy Kaleidoscope
Tumbling bits of glass

Infinite permutations 
Forever entrancing
– K. Earle


ITALY-10449NFA man in costume for Perugia’s Medieval Summer Festival, Italy

YEMEN-10042 (1)Yemen



Steve McCurry Retrospective
Villa Riale di Monza
Monza, Italy
October 30 – April 6, 2015

Finding the Sublime 
CT Gallery
112 rue Saint-François 74120
Megève, France
December 16, 2014 – April 4, 2015

Iconic Photographs
Bait Al Zubair Museum
Muscat, Oman
December 16, 2014 – February 28, 2015


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2015 by stevemccurry
Highland of highlands
Where all history ends
Where all rainbows meet…
Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin
Poet Laureate of Ethiopia
1936 – 2006

ETHIOPIA-10501 (1)

I knew that the English regarded themselves as civilized, 
 but it seemed to me that in many ways Ethiopia was a far more civilized place.
Catherine Hamlin, M.D. in The Hospital by the River : A Story Of Hope
Founder with her husband of Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital

ETHIOPIA-10328NF3 (2)

ETHIOPIA-10405 (3)

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 Ethiopia confounds every expectation
You arrive expecting a vast featureless desert and instead find yourself
overwhelmed by majestic landscapes and climatic abundance.
Ethiopia is a true revelation.
It is the most welcoming, enjoyable and
uplifting country I have ever visited.
– Philip Briggs, Ethiopa 


ETHIOPIA-10395 (2)

Ethiopia has always held a special place in my own imagination.
I felt I would be visiting my own genesis,
unearthing the roots of what made me an African.
– Nelson Mandela

ETHIOPIA-10108NF (1)


ETHIOPIA-10212 (3)


Over the plains of Ethiopia the sun rose …
A big, cool, empty sky flushed a little above a rim of dark mountains.
There hung the sun, like a luminous spider’s egg, or a white pearl,
just below the rim of the mountains…

I knew how far below in the swelling heat the birds were an orchestra in the
trees about the villages of mud huts;
how the long grass was straightening while dangling locks of dewdrops dwindled and dried;
how the people were moving out into the fields about the business of herding and hoeing.”
– Doris Lessing, Going Home

ETHIOPIA-10114 (2)

ETHIOPIA-10406NF (1)

ETHIOPIA-10235 (7)

… Go on and up! Our souls and eyes
Shall follow thy continuous rise;
Our ears shall list thy story
From bards who from thy root shall spring,
And proudly tune their lyres to sing
Of Ethiopia’s glory.
– Paul Laurence Dunbar
1872 – 1906

ETHIOPIA-10318 (3)

 Coffee is our bread.
– Ethiopian Proverb


The coffee ceremony is integral to Ethiopian culture.  
Its cultural and social importance can’t be overestimated.
It is believed that blessings will be bestowed on those who
practice this ritual.  




Finding the Sublime 
December 16, 2014 – April 2015
CT Gallery
112 rue Saint-François 74120
Megève, France

Iconic Photographs
Bait Al Zubair Museum
Muscat, Oman
Opens December 16, 2014

Steve McCurry Retrospective
Villa Riale di Monza
Monza, Italy
October 30 – April 6, 2015


Colors of Cuba

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 13, 2014 by stevemccurry


Cuba is tempting and provocative – full of contradictions
and not always easy to understand.
It is a country full of culture, music, history and passion.
Selected Moments


Prepare yourself to be shocked, perplexed, confounded and amazed.
Cuba is a country with no historical precedents: economically poor, but culturally rich;
visibly mildewed, but architecturally magnificent; infuriating,
yet at the same time, strangely uplifting.
Following quotes by Brendan Sainsbury, Lonely Planet

Retouched by Ekaterina Savtsova 12/12/2014

Retouched by Ekaterina Savtsova 12/11/2014

If the country were a book, it would be James Joyce’s Ulysses;
layered, hard to grasp, serially misunderstood,
but – above all – a classic.

Retouched by Ekaterina Savtsova 12/11/2014

Retouched by Ekaterina Savtsova 12/11/2014


I love Cuba because it’s a forbidden fruit,
a complex country of head-scratching contradictions which,
however many times you visit,
will never adequately answer all your questions.


Most of all I love its musicality, its robust culture,
its wonderfully preserved history …




Rhythms and melodies are ubiquitous in this melting pot of African,
European and Caribbean cultures. 


 Witness them at the opera and at the ballet;
in the corner bar or through the hypnotic drumming of a Santería ceremony;
with the trombonist practicing his arpeggios on the seawall, or in the rhythmic gait
of the people as they saunter along Havana’s musical streets.

Cuba, 2014

_SM15729_adj, Havana, Cuba, 2010, CUBA-00004


_SM18476_adj, Cuba, 2010, LATIN_AMERICA-10145

Retouched by Ekaterina Savtsova 12/11/2014

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_DSC6998Steve McCurry photographing a man carrying a mirror in Old Havana


Finding the Sublime 
December 16, 2014 – April 2015 
CT Gallery 
112 rue Saint-François 74120 
Megève, France

Iconic Photographs
Bait Al Zubair Museum
Muscat, Oman
Opens December 16, 2014

Steve McCurry Retrospective
Villa Riale di Monza
Monza, Italy
October 30 – April 6, 2015

Retouched by Ekaterina Savtsova 12/11/2014

Cuba, 2014


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