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Children of the Omo

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2014 by stevemccurry

ETHIOPIA-10227Surma tribe, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

The Omo River Valley is located in Southwest Ethiopia.
It has been called “the last frontier” in Africa. 

ETHIOPIA-10341NF (1)Kara tribe

There are nine main tribes that occupy the Omo River Valley,
with a population of approximately 225,000 tribal peoples. 

The majority of the people living in the Omo River Valley
live without clean drinking water and without medical care.

ETHIOPIA-10060Surma tribe

It has been a privilege to go back to the Omo Valley in Ethiopia
with my friend, John Rowe, to photograph 
the work he is doing with Lale Labuko
in their mission to end the practice of mingi and to house 
shelter the mingi children who have already been rescued.

ETHIOPIA-10105Lale Labuko

Lale,  a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer, 
learned about the practice of Mingi and made it his life’s
mission to end ritual infanticide in his tribe’s culture.

ETHIOPIA-10306Surma tribe

Mingi is the ritualistic killing of infants and children who are Mingi 
because they are considered impure or cursed.
A child can be mingi for many reasons, 
but once they are mingi they are
left alone in the desert without food and water or drowned in a river.

ETHIOPIA-10039John Rowe and Friends

I met John in Burma. He is a photographer and
successful businessman 
who has founded companies
which develop software for digital media and the entertainment
He has also devoted a tremendous amount of time, energy, and
financial assistance to the work of Omo Child.

ETHIOPIA-10248NFKara tribe

ETHIOPIA-10247Kara tribe

The hope is that the rescued children will be future leaders in their communities and
will help raise awareness to help advocate the ending of the tribal practice of mingi.

ETHIOPIA-10277Hamer tribe

To learn more about Lale and John and OmoChild, please visit:

ETHIOPIA-10153Kara tribe

ETHIOPIA-10331Surma tribe

ETHIOPIA-10281NFSurma tribe

ETHIOPIA-10243Surma tribe

ETHIOPIA-10221Surma tribe

ETHIOPIA-10235Surma tribe

BIO-10518NFSteve McCurry with members of the Surma tribe

ETHIOPIA-10151NFKara tribe

ETHIOPIA-10136 (1)Kara Tribe


Unsung Heroes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2010 by stevemccurry

Jaipur, India, May, 2008

World Health day is coming up in early April,  and it seems like a good time to shine a light on health workers of the world,  the unsung heroes who run toward disasters when everyone else is running away.


Uganda, 2001

These are the people who deliver babies, comfort the dying, treat the sick, and put themselves in harm’s way.
Health workers risk their lives when they treat people with drug-resistant TB, Ebola, Marburg, and injured people in war zones. They refuse to give up even when it looks like all hope is lost.


New York City, USA, 2005



Thai Nguyen province, Vietnam, 2007


Uganda, 2001


Russia, 2009


Kandahar, Afghanistan, 1985



Helsinki, Finland, April, 2008

I have been privileged to observe many nurses, doctors, hospice caretakers, first aid teams, rehabilitation centers, and emergency personnel at work over the years.


New York City, September 11, 2001

Here are a few of those heroes.

Unseen, Unpublished Redux

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2010 by stevemccurry

Over the years I have shot close to a million pictures.  Many of them have been published in my books, in magazines, and seen in my exhibitions and on my website. Most have never been seen.  Here are a few of those pictures.


Cambodia, Angkor Wat, 1999



Tibet, 2008



Tibet, 2001


AFRICA-10179NF2, Morocco, 03/1998

Violinist in an outdoor market, Morocco,1988



Morocco, 1988



Nomad, Kham, Tibet, 2004



Jodhpur, India, 1996



Kashmir, 1998



Yemen, 1997



Tibet, 2001


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