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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

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

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

 

 

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

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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 loveliest 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

The shadow is that place between darkness and light.

_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

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

00054_09, Preah Khan, Angkor, Cambodia, 1999, CAMBODIA-10049NF. Shadow Play. Untold_book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 10/29/2014
Cambodia

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

_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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portraits of Resilience

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

Resilience
is the ability to overcome adversity,

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

INDIA-10004NFIndia

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

TIBET-10721NF4Tibet

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

MONTENEGRO-10002Serbia

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.

LEBANON-10001Lebanon

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

LEBANON-10086Lebanon

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

BURMA-10575Burma

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

LATIN_AMERICA-10088Honduras

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

TIBET-10522, 1999, KhamTibet

BURMA-10147NFBurma

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

– Anthony Brandt

SRILANKA-10167 Sri Lanka

INDIA-11828NF2_esIndia

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

LEBANON-10086Lebanon

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

YUGOSLAVIA-10154_esMacedonia

PAKISTAN-10083_sfPakistan

BURMA-10556Burma

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

AFGHN-12163NF2Afghanistan

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

TURKEY-10213Turkey

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

RUSSIA-10069Russia

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

BURMA-10705Burma

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

CAMBODIA-10116Cambodia

PARAGUAY-10002Paraguay

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

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

BURMA-10555Burma

ITALY-10540Italy

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

MOROCCO-10032Morocco

NEPAL-10027Nepal

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

AFGHN-10229Afghanistan

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

CAMBODIA-10049NFCambodia

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

EUROPE-10012Croatia

Play is the highest form of research.
– Albert Einstein

ETHIOPIA-10284Ethiopia

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

BURMA-10568NFBurma

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

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

USA-10687 United States 

LEBANON-10001Lebanon

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.

AFGHN-10239NF_sfAfghanistan

AFGHN-12441Afghanistan

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

BRAZIL-10104Brazil

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

HONDURAS-10010_JM Honduras

GERMANY-10029_JMGermany

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

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