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

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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


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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

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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

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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 


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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

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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

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… 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

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 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

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

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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

Colors of Afghanistan

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 5, 2014 by stevemccurry

  “A landscape might be denuded, a human settlement abandoned or lost,
but always, just beneath the ground lies history of preposterous grandeur. . .
They are everywhere, these individuals of undaunted humankind,
irrepressibly optimistic and proud.
– The Carpet Wars, Christopher Kremmer

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AFGHN-10149 Kabul

If my heart trembles
for Kabul,
it’s for the slow step of summer noons,
siestas in my father’s house which,
heavy with mid-day sleep,
still weighs on my ribs…

It’s for the hawker’s cry
of the vegetable seller doing his rounds,
lost in my neighbours’ troubled dreams,
that my heart’s trembling.
– Shakila Azizzda

AFGHN-12772 Bamiyan


 Yet even at their most turbulent, the Afghans have tended to impress
travellers with
their dignity and hospitality as much as their fierce independence.
– William Dalrymple,  author of Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839–42

AFGHN-10135 Kabul



AFGHN-12883Afghanistan/Pakistan border

AFGHN-12819, Qala-e-Sabzi, Afghanistan, 2007. Donkeys grazing in fields. Qala-e-Sabzi


In Afghanistan, you don’t understand yourself solely as an individual.
You understand yourself as a son, a brother, a cousin to somebody,
an uncle to somebody.
You are part of something bigger than yourself.
– Khaled Hosseini



Every street of Kabul is enthralling to the eye
Through the bazaars, caravans of Egypt pass
One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs
And the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.
– Saeb-e-Tabrizik
Translation by Josephine Davis


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HazarasBamiyan Province

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God must have loved Afghans because he made them so beautiful.
– Unknown

Girl praying at a Shia mosque, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2003, final book_iconicKabul

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Steve McCurry Retrospective
Villa Reale di Monza
Monza, Italy
October 30, 2014 – April 6, 2015

Finding the Sublime
CT Gallery
112, rue Saint-François
74120 Megève
December 16, 2014 – February 8, 2015


Behind Closed Doors

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2014 by stevemccurry

The women came from different countries with the same dream:
to leave behind the poverty of their villages.
But instead of working as domestic help, they found themselves in a kind of prison,
employed by people who treated them like something less than human.
One was stabbed with a knife, another doused in boiling water, another raped and jailed.


Steve McCurry, best known for his work in war-torn countries like Afghanistan,
 documented the suffering of women from Indonesia,
Nepal and the Philippines who endured a myriad of abuses while
working for families elsewhere in Asia and the Middle East.

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“They’re at the complete mercy of these people who see them almost like slaves:
‘You’re my property, you’ll do what I say,’” McCurry said.

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“They go home, they’re disfigured, they don’t have money, 
and they’re psychologically scarred. 
They end up going home humiliated, and it becomes a stigma. 
In a way, their lives are ruined.”

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Steve McCurry, who has spent about 35 years in Asia, came to this project
through Karen Emmons, a
Bangkok-based journalist who
became interested in the abuse of domestic workers about
seven years ago, while researching an ILO report in Indonesia. 


They visited shelters in Hong Kong and
women back in their home countries:
the Philippines, Indonesia and Nepal,

spending a week in each place.

DSC_8495_es, Indonesia, Domestic Violence, 07/2013. Woman shows her scars.

It is not necessarily a new story.
A Malaysian couple was recently sentenced to be hanged for murdering
their Indonesian maid by starving her,
the latest in a series of headline-grabbing outrages.

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Responding to horrific treatment in countries like Saudi Arabia,
the International Labor Organization, or ILO, a branch of the United Nations,
passed a treaty to protect domestic workers in 2011.

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Yet the abuses continue, and
only 14 countries have ratified the treaty.
To see the list of countries which have ratified the treaty go to:

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“We wanted to tell them that this terrible evil act had to be exposed,
just for humanity’s sake,” Mr. McCurry said.
“ I think if you’ve been wronged like that,
you just want people to know that this happened…”

Text by Kim Barker, New York Times

Language of Hands

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 22, 2014 by stevemccurry

Behold the hands
how they promise, conjure, appeal, menace, pray, supplicate,
refuse, beckon, interrogate, admire, confess, cringe, instruct, command, 
mock and what not besides, with a variation and multiplication of
variation which makes the tongue envious.
– Michel de Montaigne

AFGHN-10164NF7_blogMazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

AFGHN-12947Bamiyan, Afghanistan

CUBA-10016Havana, Cuba

USA-10796NFAuthor Mary Brown Ward, Alabama, United States

The hands which beckon,
embrace, soothe, and comfort us
Bid us farewell.
– Kaye Earle


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Hands calm us, feed us, and scratch our backs.
They intimidate, bless, encourage, and stop us.  They soothe and caress.
They draw our attention to the good and the bad, often suggesting exuberance or fear.
– Charles Flowers introduction to Elliott Erwitt’s Handbook



Our hands often reveal what we really think but do not say.
They can show a range of feelings and emotions from confusion and frustration
to joy, understanding, love, and compassion. 

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Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we 
have received and
let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
– Mother Teresa



When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us,
we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions,or cures,
 have chosen rather to share our pain
 and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.
– Henri Nouwen


Hands have saved lives and taken them just as easily.
They create the saviors of life as well as the purveyors of death.
Creating and destroying with a single move
a finger can move mountains or search the unknown heavens.
Hands live to caress and love.
Hands live to fight and die.
Forever living hands, forever exploring hands.
– Bruce Alan Humphrey


Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as
beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.
– Rumi ( 1207 – 1273)

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Step by Step

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

Walking . . . is how the body measures itself against the earth.
– Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

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Solvitur ambulando
(To solve a problem, walk around)
– St. Jerome



NEPAL-10016 (1)Nepal


There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country. 
A fine landscape is like a piece of music;
it must be taken at the right tempo. 

– Paul Scott Mowrer




Architecture limits where one can walk,
but the walker invents other ways to go.
– Rebecca Solnit

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In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
– John Muir



All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
– Friedrich Nietzsche



My father considered a walk among the mountains
as the equivalent of churchgoing.

– Aldous Huxley


  Walking is the great adventure,
the first meditation, a practice of heartiness and
soul primary to humankind.
Walking is the exact balance between spirit and humility.
– Gary Snyder


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