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Morning Glory

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2016 by stevemccurry

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

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INDIA-10838Agra, India

DSC_1841, Myanmar/Burma, 2013, BURMA-10685. A woman reads a newspaper in her shop. Coffee_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 09/09/2015Burma

How sweet the morning air is!
See how that one little cloud floats like a
pink feather from some gigantic flamingo.
How small we feel with our petty ambitions and strivings in the
presence of the great elemental forces of nature.
– Arthur Conan Doyle

01353_07, Morocco; 03/1988. MOROCCO-10159NF. A view of a desert landscape in Morocco. retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 12/11/2015Morocco

PAKISTAN-10032Breakfast tea being passed between cars on the railway in Pakistan

INDIA-10204Old Delhi Train Station, India 

What breaks in daybreak? Is it the night?
Is it the sun, cracked in two by the horizon
like an egg, spilling out light?

 – Margaret Atwood

AFGHN-10182Afghan man makes his early morning rounds

I’ll tell you how the sun rose,
A ribbon at a time.

The steeples swam in amethyst,
The news like squirrels ran.
 The hills untied their bonnets,
The bobolinks begun.
Then I said softly to myself,
That must have been the sun …
– Emily Dickinson

AFGHN-12813nsBamiyan Province, Afghanistan

Dawn was breaking over the horizon, shell pink and faintly gold…
–  J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

INDIA-10845Girl cooking morning meal, Uttarakhand, India

INDIA-10907Varanasi, India

KASHMIR-10100It’s early morning and the men know that it is vital to jostle for the
best spot from which to sell their wares on Dal Lake, Kashmir

BURMA-10147NFProcession of monks walk for their morning alms in Rangoon, Burma

THAILAND-10062Groundskeepers in Chiang-Mai, Thailand

YEMEN-10003Sanaa, Yemen

BURMA-10213NFA cat basks in the warmth of the morning sun, Burma

TURKEY-10120Turkey

Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. 
Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.
–  Leonora Carrington

YEMEN-10119NF4Yemen

02071_10, Kashmir, 12/1998, KASHMIR-10207NF6. Sleeping dogs and a man. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 8/31/2015Srinagar, Kashmir

Young boy walks through barley fields near Kandze, Tibet, 2001, TIBET-1098NF MAX PRINT SIZE: 40X60 Young boy walks through fields near Kandze, Tibet, 2001. Pg 214, Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs. I photographed this young boy as he walked through barley fields near Kandze, Tibet. Barley is an important crop because it can be grown in the cold temperatures of the Tibetan plateau. It is an important food staple and can be both roasted and ground into flour. IG: I photographed this young boy as he walked through barley fields near Kandze, Tibet. Barley is an important crop because it can be grown in the cold temperatures of the Tibetan plateau. It is an important food staple and can be both roasted and ground into flour. NN11434334, MCS2001002K10198NF final print_HERMITAGE final print_milan final print_MACRO final print_Birmingham final print_Zurich Untold_book Stern Portfolio_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 06/18/2013Tibet

00178_05; 00136_02; Kandahar; Qandahar; Afghanistan; 1998; AFGHN-10002. Teeth-maker. With no public health service, Afghani teeth-makers can often be found plying their trade on street corners or in makeshift shops like this one in Kandahar. In the combination of the raised platform, the sign hanging from above and the blackened 'backdrop', McCurry captures a scene of surreal theatricality. "An Afghan dentist crafts a set of dentures in the old quarter of Qandahar. Few Afghans will visit a dentist in their lifetime. I had walked past this shop many days, and happened to meet him as he arrived at his shop at five thirty in the morning on his bicycle."- George Eastman House. Magnum Photos, NYC14801, MCS1998016 K001 Phaidon, In the Shadow of Mountains, Iconic Images, final book_iconic, iconic photographs With no public health service in Afghanistan, teeth-makers can often be found plying their trade on street corners or in makeshift shops like this one in Kandahar. In the combination of the raised platform, the sign hanging from above the blackened 'backdrop' McCurry captures a scene of surreal theatricality. In the Shadow of Mountains_Book Iconic_Book final print_Birmingham retouched_Sonny Fabbri 6/3/2015Kandahar, Afghanistan

_2SM7567; Hamer Tribe, Omo Valey, Ethiopia; 07/2012; ETHIOPIA-10114, MCS2012006G10114, NYC134417. A young woman goes to collect water. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 5/16/2013Ethiopia

Retouched by Ekaterina Savtsova 02/05/2016
Morocco

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

Exhibitions 2.8.16

 

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

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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

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Kabul

AFGHN-12772Bamiyan

AFGHN-13707Herat

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Near the Afghan/Pakistan border

AFGHN-12883Near the Afghan/Pakistan border

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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

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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.

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Pul i Khumri

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Kabul

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Maimana

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Bamiyan

AFGHN-12906Bamiyan

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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

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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

Please visit Imagine-Asia.net
to see our educational initiatives in Afghanistan.

instagram.com/imagine_asia

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

Where the World Meets

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2014 by stevemccurry

Buying and Selling in the World’s Bazaars, Souks, and Markets

Street scene, Calcutta, India, 1996Kolkata, India

In The Bazaars of Hyderabad
What do you sell, Oh ye merchants?
Richly your wares are displayed,
Turbans of crimson and silver,
Tunics of purple brocade,
Mirrors with panels of amber,
Daggers with handles of jade.

AFGHN-12834Quissa Khawani Bazaar, Peshawar, Pakistan

What do you weigh, Oh ye vendors?
Saffron, lentil and rice.

AFGHN-12348Pul–i-Khumri, Afghanistan

What do you cry, Oh fruitmen?
Citron, pomegranate and plum.

KASHMIR-10100Kashmir

What do you call, Oh ye pedlars?
Chessmen and ivory dice.

653692_esSanaa, Yemen

What do you make, Oh ye goldsmiths?
Wristlet and anklet and ring,
Bells for the feet of blue pigeons,
Frail as a dragon-fly’s wing,
Girdles of gold for the dancers,
Scabbards of gold for the king.
Sarojini Naidu (1879-1949)
Known as The Nightingale of India

00116_03, Hong Kong, China, 1985. CHINA-10041. Women in a market in China.Hong Kong, China

UZBEKISTAN-10009_esSamarkand, Uzbekistan

YEMEN-10033NFSanaa, Yemen

TURKEY-10056, Istanbul, Turkey, 07/1997Istanbul, Turkey

LondonMarketLondon, United Kingdom

_DSC6417; India; 2007, INDIA-11631NFIndia

I will open thee a merchant’s store, furnished with the costliest stuffs,
and thou shalt become famous amongst the folk, and take and give,
and buy and sell, and be well known in the city.
– 
The Arabian Nights

00416_17, Istanbul, Turkey, 07/1997, TURKEY-10116Istanbul, Turkey

CAMBODIA-10309 (1)Cambodia

AFGHN-13899Kabul, Afghanistan

PHILIPPINES-10007NFZamboanga, Philippines

AFGHN-10033Part of the old Bamiyan bazaar, Afghanistan

Carved into the mountainside by Buddhist monks between the second and fifth centuries, the
Buddhas of Bamiyan were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. 

AFGHN-12942Mazaar-e-Sharif

 

Family Matters

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2013 by stevemccurry

AFGHN-10124Returning family of refugees in their destroyed home in Herat, Afghanistan

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction,
the cement that binds closer together,
and the music that brings harmony.
– Eva Burrows

YUGOSLAVIA-10076Bosnia and Herzegovina

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

– Jane Howard

TIBET-10567Tibet

HONDURAS-10006NF3 (1)Honduras

AUSTRALIA-10001NFAustralia

HazarasBamiyan, Afghanistan

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
– Will Durant

BURMA-10626Burma

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.  
–  George Santayana

JAPAN-10152Japan

MAURITANIA-10001NFMauritania

The family is link to our past, bridge to our future.
– Alex Haley

LATIN_AMERICA-10011Peru

INDIA-11112NFIndia

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you,
but at the same time
you carry them with you in your heart,
your mind, your stomach, because 

you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.
– Frederick Buechner

BALUCHISTAN-10016Baluchistan, Pakistan

TURKEY-10058Istanbul, Turkey

Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where 
individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, 
communication is open, and rules are flexible – 
the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family. 
– Virginia Satir

FRANCE-10100NFFrance

My father was an amazing man.
The older I got, the smarter he got.

– Mark Twain

YEMEN-10194Yemen

AFGHN-12369Maimana, Afghanistan

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
– John Bowring

PARAGUAY-10016Paraguay

RUSSIA-10092Russia

The history of mankind, the history of salvation, passes by way of the family.
– Pope John Paul II, Letters to Families, 1994

ITALY-10017Italy

INDIA-11744India

I can’t think of anything to write about except families.
They are a metaphor for every other part of society.
– Anna Quindlen

 

Going Home

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2012 by stevemccurry

Home is where one starts from. 
– T.S. Eliot

Rajasthan, India

The ache for home lives in all of us…
– Maya Angelou

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

My home is my retreat and resting place …
I try to keep this corner as a haven against the tempest outside,
as I do another corner in my soul.
– Michel de Montaigne

Cave Homes in Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Tibet

He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan 

The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown.
It may be frail — its roof may shake — the wind may blow through it — the storm may enter — the rain may enter —
but the King of England cannot enter! — all his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement.
-William Pitt the Elder

India

All language is a longing for home.
– Jalaluddin Rumi, 13th-Century Persian poet

Russia

 Mali

Uganda

Peru

Mauritania

Home is any four walls that enclose the right person.
-Helen Rowland

 Tibet

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
– Benjamin Franklin

Kashmir

Tihamah Plain, Yemen

A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
– George Edward Moore

Refugees returning to destroyed homes, Herat, Afghanistan

Russia

There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues,
the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained. 
– Winston Churchill

 Tanzania

Philippines

 Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.
– John Howard Payne

Afghanistan

Morocco

 My home is not a place; it is people.
– Lois McMaster Bujold

Bosnia

Brazil

Russia

Life’s a voyage that’s homeward bound.
– Herman Melville


Omo Valley, Ethiopia

It takes a lot of living to make a house a home

It doesn’t make any  difference how rich you get to be
How much your chairs and tables cost, how great your luxury;
It isn’t home to you though it be the palace of a king,
Until somehow your soul is wrapped round everything.
– Paraphrase of Edgar Guest poem, Home

Upcoming Exhibitions
Plazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy – Opens October 17, 2012
http://www.stevemccurrygenova.it/

Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, California, United States – November 15, 2012
 Kunstmuseum-Wolfsburg, Germany – January 19, 2013
Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland – June 1, 2013

The Lives We Live

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2012 by stevemccurry

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.
– Flora Whittemore

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Maimana, Afghanistan

Since the beginning of time, doors have
symbolized both great opportunities and thwarted dreams.

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Varanasi, India

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Morocco

The open door is a metaphor for new life, a passage
from one stage of life to another, and metamorphosis.
Closed doors represent rejection and exclusion.

KASHMIR-10076

Kashmir

The Door
Too little has been said
Of the door,
its one face turned to the night’s
Downpour
and its other
To the shift and glisten of firelight.

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Bamiyan, Afghanistan

For doors are both frame and monument
To our spent time,
And too little
Has been said of our
coming through and leaving by them.
– Charles Tomlinson

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India

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Cambodia

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Tibet

A door just opened on a street–
I, lost, was passing by–
An instant’s width of warmth disclosed
And wealth, and company.

The door as sudden shut, and I,
I, lost, was passing by,–
Lost doubly, but by contrast most,
Enlightening misery.
– Emily Dickinson

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Kabul, Afghanistan

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Mingun Pagoda, near Mandalay, Burma/Myanmar

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West Kabul, Afghanistan

INDIA-10556

India

USA-10256

Los Angeles, United States

The door swings open:
O god of hinges,
god of long voyages,
you have kept faith.
It’s dark in there.
You confine yourself to the darkness
You step in.
The door swings closed.
– Margaret Atwood

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Kabul, Afghanistan

AFGHN-13116NF

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

INDIA-11038NF

Bombay/Mumbai, India

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Kabul, Afghanistan

BANGLADESH-10020

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Monastery at Rolous, Cambodia

YUGOSLAVIA-10055

Macedonia

The Door

Go and open the door.
Maybe outside there’s
a tree, or a wood,
a garden, or a magic city.

Go and open the door.
Maybe a dog’s rummaging.
Maybe you’ll see a face,
or an eye, or the picture of a picture.

Go and open the door.
If there’s a fog
it will clear.

Go and open the door.
Even if there’s only
the darkness ticking,
even if there’s only
the hollow wind,
even if nothing is there,
go and open the door.

At least there’ll be a draught.
– Miroslav Holub
translated from the Czech by Ian Milner

YEMEN-10094

Yemen

VIETNAM-10019

Vietnam

The closing of a door can bring blessed privacy and
comfort – the opening, terror.
Conversely, the closing of a door can be a sad and final thing –
the opening a wonderfully joyous moment.
– Andy Rooney

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