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The World’s Ride

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2016 by stevemccurry

Retouched by Ekaterina Savtsova 02/05/2016Morocco

The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.
– William Saroyan

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Afghanistan

INDIA-11030
India

The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man.
Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish.
Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.

– Iris Murdoch

INDIA-11443
India

Bicycle Haiku
Wheels  carried me from
Youth to middle to old age
Never complaining.
– Kay Earle

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Afghanistan

 The first real grip I ever got on things
Was when I learned the art of pedaling
– Seamus Heaney

INDONESIA-10031
Indonesia

My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles.
They both move people forward without wasting anything.
The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.
– Peter Golkin 

CHINA-10102
China

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.
– President John F. Kennedy

CAMBODIA-10645
Cambodia

A bicycle does get you there and more… And there is always the thin edge of danger to
keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. Dogs become dogs
again and snap at your raincoat; potholes become personal.
And getting there is all the fun.
– Bill Emerson, On Bicycling, Saturday Evening Post, 1967

INDIA-10736
India

I feel that I am entitled to my share of lightheartedness and there is
nothing wrong with enjoying one’s self simply, like a boy.
– Leo Tolstoy, Responding to criticism for learning to ride a bicycle at age 67

BANGLADESH-10016NF
Bangladesh

MOROCCO-10130NF
Morocco

It would not be at all strange if history came to the conclusion that the
perfection of the bicycle was the greatest event of the nineteenth century.
– Unknown

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Mali

Whoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity.
– Lord Charles Beresford

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Afghanistan

Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race.
– H.G. Wells

_DSC0234, Cuba. 07/19/2015, CUBA-10280NF. A man on bicycle with arms outstretched. retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 08/28/2015

Cuba

Hickory

The Spirit of Afghanistan

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2015 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

02049_17Kabul

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Bamiyan

“I have the impression that (Afghan) children are
much more excited about going to school than
children in other countries are.  
They think of it as a special privilege.
Going to school, being with other children,
getting books and pencils – all of that is like a dream for them.”  
– Dr. Cheryl Benard, Veiled Courage

AFGHN-10135
Kabul

AFGHN-12772Bamiyan

AFGHN-13707Herat

AFGHN-13080NF2
Near the Afghan/Pakistan border

AFGHN-12883Near the Afghan/Pakistan border

AFGHN-10149
Kabul

If literacy rates were measured by a nation’s proverbs and poetry,
Afghanistan would be one of the most literate countries on earth.
These two forms of the oral
tradition have been embraced for
centuries and reveal the spirit and soul
of the Afghan people.

AFGHN-10227
Jabal os Saraj

AFGHN-12074NFLake at Band i Amir

AFGHN-12236NF3
Kabul

In Afghanistan, the tradition of poetry writing and recitation dates back a thousand years.
To lend credibility to an argument, the preface,
“The poet says…”   denies the listener the opportunity to disagree.

AFGHN-12348
Pul i Khumri

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Kabul

AFGHN-12350
Maimana

AFGHN-12373NF3
Bamiyan

AFGHN-12906Bamiyan

AFGHN-12691NF2
Kabul

Kabul
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

00206_03, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002 final print_milan retouched_Sonny Fabbri 7/05/2015Kabul

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-12909Bamiyan

AFGHN-14041Bamiyan

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

Jalalabad, Afghanistan, 1992, AFGHN-10225. Portrait of a man with cloudy beard. MAX PRINT SIZE: 30X40 final print_milan Portraits_Book In The Shadow of the Mountain_Book Looking East_Book PORTRAITS_book PORTRAITS_APP final print_Beetles and Huxley NYC9239, MCS1992006 K103 Retouched_Sonny Fabbri 02/05/2014 MAX PRINT SIZE: 30X40
Jalalabad

 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-10242Kandahar

AFGHN-12258_newKandahar

Up to their ankles in mud, villages near Kandahar clear accumulated silt
from a karez, 
or underground channel, an ancient irrigation method.

00113_18, Shia Mosque, Chindawal,Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002. AFGHN-12669. A woman in Afghanistan. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 7/15/2015
Chindawal, Kabul

00214_06, Hazrat Ali Mosque, Mazar i Sharif, Afghanistan, 1992, AFGHN-10164NF7. Salat at Blue Mosque in Mazar-Sharif, Afghanistan, 1992. MAX PRINT SIZE: 30x40 Hazrat Ali Mosque final print_HERMITAGE final print_Zurich final print_Beetles and Huxley Fine Art Print retouched_Sonny Fabbri 05/28/2014
Mazar-e-Sharif

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to see our educational initiatives in Afghanistan.

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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.

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 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
Burma

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
Italy

“… 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

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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
India

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
Cambodia

_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
Mali

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
Brazil

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
Mali

Twilight
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.'

Afghanistan

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.

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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

AFGHN-12074NF Band-e-Amir

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

AFGHN-12348Pul-e-Khumri

 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-10196
 Mazar-e-Sharif

AFGHN-12373NFBamiyan

AFGHN-12883Afghanistan/Pakistan border

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

AFGHN-10124Herat

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

AFGHN-10130Kandahar

AFGHN-12206NF7Kabul

Kabul
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

AFGHN-10128Kabul

AFGHN-10242 (1)Kandahar

HazarasBamiyan Province

AFGHN-10227Jabal Siraj

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

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

AFGHN-13027Afghanistan/Pakistan border

AFGHN-12350Maimana

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
France
December 16, 2014 – February 8, 2015

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Power of Two

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2014 by stevemccurry
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work.
If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
– Ecclesiastes 4

INDIA-11482Jodhpur, India

DSC_6015, Turkish Tourism, Turkey, 2013. Couple walking on the street.Istanbul, Turkey

CHINA-10223Shanghai, China

One’s not half of two;
two are halves of one.
– e.e. cummings

AFGHN-12678Afghanistan

FRANCE-10056, Lourdes, France, 1988Lourdes, France

Grow old along with me
The best is yet to be, the last of life,
for which the first was made.
Our times are in his hand who saith,
A whole I planned, youth shows but half;
Trust God: See all, not be afraid!
– Robert Browning

MACEDONIA-10004Macedonia

SPAIN-10051 (1)Spain

TIBET-10983Tibet

The couple is time recaptured,
the return to the time before time.

– Octavio Paz, Nobel Laureate in Literature

ITALY-10485Italy

 

CAMBODIA-10304Cambodia

CHINA-10231 (1)Hong Kong, China

FIJI-10013Fiji

AFGHN-13988Kabul, Afghanistan

YEMEN-10061, Yemen, 1997Yemen

TIBET-10100NF3Tibet

Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet.
– Vietnamese Proverb

YEMEN-10065NFYemen

Words are easy, like the wind;
Faithful friends are hard to find.

– William Shakespeare

ETHIOPIA-10287Ethiopia

00734_10, Afghanistan, Hazara People, July, 07/2006, AFGHN-13082Afghanistan

DSC_4537, Deep South, 04/2014 Retouched by Ekaterina Savtsova 04/13/2014United States

01428_18_esIndia

ETHIOPIA-10160NF2Ethiopia

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand,
not the kindly smile,
nor the joy of companionship.
It is the spiritual inspiration

that comes to one when you discover that someone else
believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

BRAZIL-10065Brazil

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.
– Mignon McLaughlin

UGANDA-10002 (1)Uganda

Love always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
–  Corinthians 13

 TIBET-10119Tibet

EXHIBITIONS

Brucie Collections
Kiev, Ukraine
May 14 – August 17, 2014

Alessandro Del Piero Gallery
Torino, Italy
May 16 – August 31, 2014

Festival La Gacilly
La Gacilly, France
May 31 – September 30, 2014

Théâtre de la Photography et de l’Image
Nice, France
June 27 – September 28, 2014

Loukla & Michael Zampelas Art Museum
Kaimakli, Nicosia, Cyprus
August 5 – September 30, 2014

Leica Gallery
Salzburg, Austria
August 7 – September 27, 2014

The Anna Lamar Switzer Gallery,
Pensacola State College
Pensacola, FL
August 18 – December 12, 2014

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Faces of Afghanistan

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 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

_PBS6026_es (1)Kabul

AFGHN-10223Herat

01803_02_es_blogKabul

AFGHN-12331NF (1)Panjshir Valley

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-12691NF2 (1)Kabul

AFGHN-10211Charikar

AFGHN-12329Bamiyan

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

PAKISTAN-10003Peshawar, Pakistan Afghan refugee 

AFGHN-13164Kabul

AFGHN-12906Bamiyan

AFGHN-13831Bamiyan

AFGHN-12244NF (2)Kunduz

AFGHN-12316Pul-e-Khumri

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

AFGHN-13903Bamiyan

AFGHN-13899Kabul

AFGHN-10242 (1)Kandahar

AFGHN-10143NFPul-e-Khumri

AFGHN-12232Kabul

AFGHN-10060, Pul-i-Khumri, Afghanistan, 1992. A bandaged wounded boy.Pul-e-Khumri

AFGHN-12092Ghazni

AFGHN-12772Bamiyan

AFGHN-12355Kabul

A French man who worked for the ICRC had been to inspect one of Kabul’s
prisons to
check on the conditions of the prisoners.
After their names had all been verified, he noticed a door which had remained unopened for the inspection. 

The prison guard had been reluctant to open it;
behind it was just an old man in solitary confinement, he had said.
But it was the man’s job to count the prisoners, and he insisted on being shown inside.

When the door was open, he caught sight of a half-naked old man in the freezing and windowless cell.
The old man had tottered to his feet, lifted the scrap of cloth on which he sat,
brushed the dust from it and stepped back, smiling, to offer the space to his guest.
– Jason Elliott, An Unexpected Light

AFGHN-12201NF4Kabul

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

One Step at a Time

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2014 by stevemccurry

One step at a time is good walking.
– Chinese proverb

INDIA-10640India

Walking shares with making and working that
crucial element of engagement of the body and the mind with the world,
of knowing the world through the body and the body through the world.
– Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

ITALY-10077Italy

UnitedKingdom-10018_blogUnited Kingdom

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

NEPAL-10029NF2Nepal

TIBET-10253NF2Tibet

FRANCE-10072France

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

YEMEN-10117, Yemen, 04/1997Yemen

AFGHN-12960Afghanistan

How often have I had this longing for an infinite walk – of going unimpeded,
until the movement of my body as I walk fell into the flight of
streets under my feet – 
until I in my body and the world in its
skin of earth were blended into a single act of knowing.

– Alfred Kazin, The Open Street

BANGLADESH-10002Bangladesh

01585_20_esFrance

CAMBODIA-10089Cambodia

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

ITALY-10486Italy

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

01006_13_blogItaly

If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking
Angels whisper to those who walk
– Raymond Inmon

DSC_3176_esBrazil

IRELAND-10001 Ireland

 Above all, do not lose your desire to walk.
Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being …
I have walked myself into my best thoughts,
and I know of no thought so burdensome that
one cannot walk away from it.
– Soren Kierkegaard

BURMA-10564 Burma

Walking is a man’s best medicine.
-Hippocrates

BURMA-10091NFBurma

With beauty before me, may I walk
With beauty behind me, may I walk
With beauty above me, may I walk
With beauty below me, may I walk
With beauty all around me, may I walk
Wandering on the trail of beauty, may I walk
– Navajo: Walking Meditation

FRANCE-10056, Lourdes, France, 1988 France

  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

BRAZIL-10065Rio de Janeiro,Brazil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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