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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.


 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.

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


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


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




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

YEMEN-10117, Yemen, 04/1997Yemen


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




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


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


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


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.


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








Portraits of Resilience

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2014 by stevemccurry

is the ability to overcome adversity,

cope with setbacks, and persevere in the face of  
trauma and deprivation.


AFGHN-10118NFKandahar, Afghanistan

The greatest glory in living
lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall. 
– Nelson Mandela

AFGHN-10037Herat, Afghanistan

SRILANKA-10024NF5Sri Lanka

MALI-10010NF, Sahel Desert, Mali, 1986final print_milanMali

INDIA-10727NFMumbai, India

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you
till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then,
for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
– Harriet Beecher Stowe


Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not… nothing is more common than unsuccessful people will talent.
Genius will not… unrewarded genius is almost legendary.
Education will not…. the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. 
– Calvin Coolidge


Serbian Orthodox clergy, like these monks living along Serbia’s Crna River,
have proved a resilient lot. During World War II and its aftermath some
700 were killed, and nearly a quarter of their 4,400 churches and monasteries were destroyed.
With little outside help, the church has made a stubborn comeback.


The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.
– Japanese proverb

00529_04, Angkor Wat, 06/1999, CAMBODIA-10359Cambodia

CAMBODIA-10490Dith Pran, survivor of the Cambodian genocide at
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The world breaks everyone, and afterward,
some are strong at the broken places

– Ernest Hemmingway


Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight,
feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.
– Victor Hugo


If you voluntarily quit in the face of adversity,
you’ll wonder about it for the rest of your life.
– President Bill Clinton

BURMA-10698 (1)Burma
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of Nobel Peace Prize

AFGHN-10154Kabul, Afghanistan

AFGHN-10103Peshawar, Pakistan

00468_ 018Sri Lanka
A man prays for the victims of the tsunami in 2004 which killed more than 250,000 people

…more than education, experience, or training,
an individual’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds & who fails.
– Harvard Business Review, 2002

Family Table

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2013 by stevemccurry

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
– Will Durant

ITALY-15021 (1)Perugia, Italy

Researchers have confirmed what parents have known for a long time;
sharing a family meal is good for the spirit,
the brain and the health of all family members.

– Anne Fishel, Ph.D.

01062_ 018, India 50 years after 10/96, INDIA-11301NFIndia

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

VIETNAM-10031Viet Tri City, Vietnam


There is no better classroom
than the family table.
– Kaye Earle

TIBET-10522, 1999, KhamTibet


Other things may change us,
but we start and end with the family.  

– Anthony Brandt

SRILANKA-10167 Sri Lanka


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


INDONESIA-10016 Indonesia during monsoon season

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.
A world lives in you. 

– Frederick Buechner




Our family dinner table was like Speakers’ Corner in London.  
We  discussed, debated, argued, declaimed –
all of us at the same time.
– E. Thomson Earl

YUGOSLAVIA-10123_es (1)Hungary


It is not until much later, as the skin sags and the heart weakens,
that children understand;
their stories, and all their accomplishments,

sit atop the stories of their mothers and fathers,
stones upon stones, beneath the waters of their lives.
– Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven


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Threshold of the New

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2013 by stevemccurry

INDIA-10742NF Maqbool Fida Husain, in his studio
Mumbai, India

Stronger by weakness, wiser men become
As they draw near to their eternal home.
Leaving the old, both worlds at once they view
That stand upon the threshold of the new.
– Edmund Waller


USA-10797United States

The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. 
– Frank Lloyd Wright

00406_04, 05/2001, TibetTibet

To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.
– Francis Bacon

ETHIOPIA-10285Member of the Suri tribe, Ethiopia


As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say.
I just watch what they do.
Andrew Carnegie

_SM18476_adj, Cuba, 2010, LATIN_AMERICA-10145Cuba

BRAZIL-10030NF2, Lavazza, Brazil, 08/2010,Brazil


Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing.
It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage,
but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



Old age hath yet his honour and his toil.
– Alfred Lord Tennyson

SRILANKA-10086, Sri Lanka, 10/1995Sri Lanka



None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
– Henry David Thoreau



Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
– Garson Kanin 


The years teach much which the days never knew.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Child’s Play

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2013 by stevemccurry


Child’s play is the exultation of the possible.
– Martin Buber



Children at play are not playing about.
Their games should be seen as their most serious minded activity.
– Michel de Montaigne


Play is the highest form of research.
– Albert Einstein


Man is most nearly himself when
he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.
– Heraclitus

INDIA-11310, India, 2010, A young girl in India. Retouched_Sonny FabbriIndia

Time is a game played beautifully by children.
– Heraclitus, Fragments


HONDURAS-10027, La Fortuna, Honduras, 2004,Honduras

Deep meaning lies often in childish play.
– Johann Friedrich von Schiller

USA-10687 United States 


No matter how dire the situation, how dangerous the environment,
children need to play.
Whether it is splashing in puddles or climbing on abandoned tanks,
their world of make believe is almost as important as food and shelter.



The true object of all human life is play.
– G. K. Chesterton

MALI-10010NF, Sahel Desert, Mali, 1986 final print_milanMali

INDIA-10727Mumbai, India

Whoever wants to understand much must play much.
– Gottfried Benn


People tend to forget that play is serious.
– David Hockney

HONDURAS-10010_JM Honduras


We don’t stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.
– George Bernard Shaw


AUSTRALIA-10008, Maningrida, Australia, 1984Australia


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Two of Us

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2013 by stevemccurry


To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.
– Mark Twain



_SM21577, Italy; February 2012; Italy,Italy

Ultimately the bond of all companionship…
is conversation.
– Oscar Wilde



What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are
joined for life–to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow,
to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent
unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?

–  George Eliot, Adam Bede

_2SM4551, Omo Valley, Ethiopia, 2012, ETHIOPIA-10182. A nanny holds a child.Ethiopia

00529_04, Angkor Wat, 06/1999, CAMBODIA-10359Cambodia

00029_ 014, Capetown, South Africa, 1996, SOUTH_AFRICA-10005NFCape Town, South Africa

01018_12, Ireland, 2005, IRELAND-10009Ireland

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent.
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden …
–  Milan Kundera



01022_ 044 retouched:kate daigneault 09/17/2013Tagong, Tibet

If we are a metaphor of the universe,
the human couple is the metaphor par excellence,
the point of intersection of all forces and the seed of all forms.
The couple is time recaptured, the return to the time before time.
– Octavio Paz, Nobel Laureate in Literature


00589_02, Lebanon, 11/1982, LEBANON-10058Lebanon


YUGOSLAVIA-10068MKS Steelworks, Serbia

00734_12; Hazara People; Bamiyan; Afghanistan; 07/2006; AFGHN-13083NF6Afghanistan

Morocco, 03/1988, MOROCCO-10039Morocco

He that is thy friend indeed,
He will help thee in thy need:
If thou sorrow, he will weep;
If thou wake, he cannot sleep:
Thus of every grief in heart
He with thee does bear a part.
These are certain signs to know
Faithful friend from flattering foe.
 –  William Shakespeare



 The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.
– William Blake

China, 1984, final book_iconicChina



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The World’s Ride  October 16 – January 17, 2014


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