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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 11, 2015 by stevemccurry

INDIA-10219

Rajasthan, India

For months there is no rain, and then there is too much.
Half the world’s people survive at the whim of the monsoon.


INDIA-10926Bihar, India

I was eleven years old when I saw a photo essay on the monsoon in India in Life Magazine by
Brian Brake, the New Zealand-born Magnum photographer.
His work established his reputation as a master color photo essayist.
Twenty years later, I proposed a story to National Geographic to photograph the monsoon.

INDIA-11984Worli, India

INDIA-10214Bombay/Mumbai, India

01873_17, Bombay, India, 09/1993, INDIA-12471NF. Two children walk through the flooded streets of Bombay after school.  retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 10/30/2014India


INDIA-10004NFPorbandar, India


AUSTRALIA-10009Australia

Monsoons, Australia, River, Arnumlan River, swollen by the Monsoon rains, snaking through Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia, 1984. Pg 55 Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs Untold_bookAustralia

01614_05, northern territory, Australia, 1984, Aboriginal with umbrella Retouched by Ekaterina Savtsova 04/11 2014Australia

Monsoon History

The air is wet, soaks
into mattresses, and curls
In apparitions of smoke,
Like fat white slugs furled
Among the timber
Or silver fish tunnelling
The damp linen covers
Of schoolbooks, or walking
Quietly like centipedes,
The air walking everywhere
On its hundred feet
Is filled with the glare
Of tropical water.
Again we are taken over
By clouds and rolling darkness.
Small snails appear
Clashing their timid horns
Among the morning glory
Vines.
by Shirley Geok-lin Lim

INDONESIA-10001NF6Bojonegoro, Java, Indonesia

Last Night the Rain Spoke to Me
Last night
the rain
spoke to me
slowly, saying,
what joy
to come falling
out of the brisk cloud,
to be happy again
in a new way
on the earth!
by Mary Oliver 

NEPAL-10013Bagmati River, Kathmandu, Nepal

During the year I spent following the monsoon in a dozen countries,
I learned to see it as a critically important event, 

and not the disaster it had first seemed to my Western eyes. 

NEPAL-10002Bagmati River, Kathmandu, Nepal

Rain is grace;
Rain is the sky descending to the earth …
– John Updike


BANGLADESH-10006NFBangladesh

Indonesia

INDONESIA-10007Sulawesi, Indonesia

01177_01, Indonesia, 02/1984, INDONESIA-10036. Children playing on a makeshift boat retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 12/17/2014Indonesia

Farmers experience the monsoon as an almost religious experience as they
watch their fields come back 
to life after being parched for half the year. 

INDIA-11030Varanasi, India

For half the world’s people, good monsoons, those rain-bearing winds of
Asia and the Subcontinent, 
 mean life and prosperity.
Poor ones are marked by famine and death.

INDIA-10582NF
Porbandar, India


NEPAL-10016
Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Only He shakes the heavens and from its treasures takes out the winds. 
He joins the waters and the clouds and produces the rain.
He does all those things. 

– Michael Servetus (1511-1553)
Spanish theologian, physician, cartographer

NEPAL-10049Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Monsoon flora, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1984. Magnum Photos, NYC31569, MCS1983002 K203. Monsoon_BookNepal

Behind Closed Doors

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2014 by stevemccurry

The women came from different countries with the same dream:
to leave behind the poverty of their villages.
But instead of working as domestic help, they found themselves in a kind of prison,
employed by people who treated them like something less than human.
One was stabbed with a knife, another doused in boiling water, another raped and jailed.

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Steve McCurry, best known for his work in war-torn countries like Afghanistan,
 documented the suffering of women from Indonesia,
Nepal and the Philippines who endured a myriad of abuses while
working for families elsewhere in Asia and the Middle East.

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“They’re at the complete mercy of these people who see them almost like slaves:
‘You’re my property, you’ll do what I say,’” McCurry said.

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“They go home, they’re disfigured, they don’t have money, 
and they’re psychologically scarred. 
They end up going home humiliated, and it becomes a stigma. 
In a way, their lives are ruined.”

NEPAL-10098 (2)

Steve McCurry, who has spent about 35 years in Asia, came to this project
through Karen Emmons, a
Bangkok-based journalist who
became interested in the abuse of domestic workers about
seven years ago, while researching an ILO report in Indonesia. 

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They visited shelters in Hong Kong and
women back in their home countries:
the Philippines, Indonesia and Nepal,

spending a week in each place.

DSC_8495_es, Indonesia, Domestic Violence, 07/2013. Woman shows her scars.

It is not necessarily a new story.
A Malaysian couple was recently sentenced to be hanged for murdering
their Indonesian maid by starving her,
the latest in a series of headline-grabbing outrages.

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Responding to horrific treatment in countries like Saudi Arabia,
the International Labor Organization, or ILO, a branch of the United Nations,
passed a treaty to protect domestic workers in 2011.

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Yet the abuses continue, and
only 14 countries have ratified the treaty.
To see the list of countries which have ratified the treaty go to:
http://goo.gl/NSPnXg

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“We wanted to tell them that this terrible evil act had to be exposed,
just for humanity’s sake,” Mr. McCurry said.
“ I think if you’ve been wronged like that,
you just want people to know that this happened…”

Text by Kim Barker, New York Times
http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/09/behind-closed-doors-abuse-of-domestic-workers/

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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Two of Us

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

BRAZIL-10014NF8Brazil

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

INDIA-10210India

TIBET-10100NF3Tibet

_SM21577, Italy; February 2012; Italy,Italy

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

CAMBODIA-10051Cambodia

UGANDA-10002Uganda

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

INDIA-10205India

ETHIOPIA-10160NF2Ethiopia

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

MAURITANIA-10013Mauritania

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

DSC_0548_sfEthiopia

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

INDONESIA-10002NF2Indonesia

BRAZIL-10065Brazil

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

China, 1984, final book_iconicChina

YEMEN-10081Yemen

ITALY-10543Italy

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Life Breath of Half the World

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2013 by stevemccurry

INDIA-10220 India

India’s  monsoon rains have covered the entire country a month ahead of schedule,
brightening the prospects for a
bumper output of summer-sown crops such as rice, oilseeds and
cotton in one of the world’s leading producers.

INDIA-10214-(1)Mumbai, India

INDIA-11087India

During the year I spent following the monsoon in a dozen countries, I learned to see it as a critically important event, 
and not the disaster it had first seemed to my Western eyes.

INDIA-11030Varanasi, India

For half the world’s people, good monsoon s  mean life and prosperity.
Bad monsoons mean famine and death.

INDIA-10301NF2India

Farmers experience the monsoon as an almost religious experience 
as they watch their fields come back
to life after being parched for half the year. 

INDIA-10678-(1)India

BURMA-10564
Burma

For months there is no rain, and then there is too much.
Half the world’s people survive at the whim of the monsoon.

BANGLADESH-10009
Bangladesh 

Rain is grace;
Rain is the sky descending to the earth …
– John Updike

INDIA-11984India

INDIA-10221India

Only He shakes the heavens and from its treasures takes out the winds. 
He joins the waters and the clouds and produces the rain.
He does all those things. 

– Michael Servetus (1511-1553)
Spanish theologian, physician, cartographer

NEPAL-10032
Nepal

INDIA-10926Monsoon skies over Bihar, India

Anticipation
Fizzy, frothy, fickle rain
Resurrection

INDONESIA-10006Indonesia

INDONESIA-10002NF2Indonesia

INDIA-10582NFIndia

BANGLADESH-10007     Bangladesh

Monsoon History

Shirley Geok-lin Lim
The air is wet, soaks
into mattresses, and curls
In apparitions of smoke,
Like fat white slugs furled
Among the timber
Or silver fish tunnelling
The damp linen covers
Of schoolbooks, or walking
Quietly like centipedes,
The air walking everywhere
On its hundred feet
Is filled with the glare
Of tropical water.
Again we are taken over
By clouds and rolling darkness.
Small snails appear
Clashing their timid horns
Among the morning glory
Vines.

INDIA-10377NF3Monsoon Festival, India

BURMA-10003Burma

Monsoons, Australia, River, Arnumlan Untold_bookAustralia

INDIA-10436
India
INDONESIA-10007, Ujung Pandang, Sulawesi, Indonesia, 1983
Indonesia
BIO-10085NF
‘Steve McCurry in monsoon flood, Gujarat, India 

Last Night the Rain Spoke to Me
by Mary Oliver 
Last night
the rain
spoke to me
slowly, saying,
what joy
to come falling
out of the brisk cloud,
to be happy again
in a new way
on the earth!
NEPAL-10075
Katmandu Valley, Nepal
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Grief, Grind, and Glory of Work

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2013 by stevemccurry

Last month the world heard the tragic news
that more than a thousand people working at a clothing factory in Bangladesh,
were killed when 
the factory they were working in collapsed.

Myanmar, Burma, 1994, final book_iconicBurma

The appetite for cheap clothing in the West is insatiable.
The people making the clothing  often pay the true cost of these items.
The scale of this factory in Burma is vast.
The sense that these workers are just part of an immense machine is
accentuated by 
the pink shirts they are obliged to wear.

BURMA-10221NF, Myanmar (Burma), 07/1994Burma

Labor disgraces no man;
unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.  

– Ulysses S. Grant

YEMEN-10053NF4Yemen

Whether it is men fishing,  nuns washing dishes, miners digging beneath the earth, or 
working in the heat of a steel mill, work is universal, yet intensely personal. Millions work in order to survive, and for them,
there 
is no debate about how to achieve a life/work balance.  

INDONESIA-10006Woman working in a field devastated by volcanic debris and flood waters.  Java, Indonesia

INDIA-10330NFShoe repair shop in India

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
– Horace

BURMA-10619NFBurma

 

Your life is a journey, not a rest.
You are travelling to the promised land, from the cradle to the grave.
The Sunday at Home, December 7th 1854

INDIA-11144, India, Bombay, 1997Mumbai, India

INDIA-10456NF
Gujarat, India

The heights by great men reached and kept,
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

YUGOSLAVIA-10068MKS Steelworks, Serbia

JAPAN-10026Japan

Working for long periods under extreme stressful work conditions can lead to
sudden death, a phenomenon the Japanese call karoshi. The word in China is guolaosi.

PAKISTAN-10006NFLandi Kotal, Pakistan

AFGHN-10146Bakery run by Afghan widows, Kabul, Afghanistan

Dubrovnik, Croatia, 1989Croatia

Many find their identity in the work they do. Some enjoy intense satisfaction in their work.
For others, the line between work and play is hard to find.

Tibetans, 07/2001, final book_iconicIndia

INDIA-10679NF2, Bombay, India, 09/1993. Textiles,
           Mumbai, India

A suger cane farmer stand in his field in Luzon, Philippines, 1985Sugar cane farmer, Philippines

Everything yields to diligence.
– Thomas Jefferson

BRAZIL-10044NF8, Brazil, Latin America, Lavazza, 08/2010Drying coffee beans, Brazil

If a man is called a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or
Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.  He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of
heaven and Earth will pause to say, Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.  
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

KASHMIR-10016Flower Seller, Dal Lake, Kashmir

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Right as Rain

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2012 by stevemccurry

During the year I shot the monsoon assignment, I learned to see it as a critically important event, 
and not the disaster it had first seemed to my Western eyes.
Farmers experience the monsoon as an almost religious experience

as they watch their fields come back to life after being parched for half the year.

Varanasi, India 

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s annual monsoon rains have arrived at the southern Kerala coast,
a top weather official said on Tuesday, brightening prospects of higher farm output by aiding
farmers to plant summer-sown crops such as rice, soybean and cotton on time.
June 6, 2012

Goa, India

Rain is grace;
Rain is the sky descending to the earth …
– John Updike

India


For half the world’s people, good monsoons, those rain-bearing winds of
Asia and the Subcontinent, 
 mean life and prosperity.
Poor ones are marked by famine and death.

Bangladesh

The rains fall on one horn of the buffalo, and not on the other.
-Indian Proverb

Kabul, Afghanistan

Java, Indonesia

Nepal

Northern Territory, Australia

Tokyo, Japan

Tibet


It is no use to grumble and complain; It’s just as cheap and easy to rejoice.
When God sorts out the weather and sends rain – Why, rain’s my choice.
– James Whitcomb Riley

Sri Lanka

Indonesia

Cambodia

The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.
– Lucretius

Porbandar, India

India

Dalit women cleaning streets, Mumbai, India

Burma

Only He shakes the heavens and from its treasures takes out the winds.
He joins the waters and the clouds and produces the rain. He does all those things.
– Michael Servetus (1511-1553)
Spanish theologian, physician, cartographer

Cambodia


Monsoon History
Shirley Geok-lin Lim
The air is wet, soaks
into mattresses, and curls
In apparitions of smoke,
Like fat white slugs furled
Among the timber
Or silver fish tunnelling
The damp linen covers
Of schoolbooks, or walking
Quietly like centipedes,
The air walking everywhere
On its hundred feet
Is filled with the glare
Of tropical water.
Again we are taken over
By clouds and rolling darkness.
Small snails appear
Clashing their timid horns
Among the morning glory
Vines.

Bojonegoro, Java, Indonesia

Monsoon Festival, India

For months there is no rain, and then there is too much.
Half the world’s people survive at the whim of the monsoon.

Two men try to cross a monsoon swollen river after the bridge was swept away, Goa, India

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