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Between Darkness and Light

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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.

Horses and Humans

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

COLOMBIA-10001 (2)Colombia

They gallop and trot, whinny and neigh, capturing our imagination — and our hearts.
Indeed, horses are said to have done more to change human history than any
other domestic animal,
once upon a time carrying explorers to
new frontiers and mighty armies to great conquests.
Nature,  PBS


When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk:
he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it;

the basest horn of his hoof is more
musical than the pipe of Hermes.

– William Shakespeare, Henry V

Kabul Survey TripAfghanistan


There is something about the outside of a horse
that is good for the inside of a man.
– Winston Churchill


A horse! a horse! My kingdom for a horse!
-William Shakespeare, Richard III

01025_20, Paraguay, 10/1988Paraguay

A horse gallops with his lungs,
Perseveres with his heart,
And wins with his character.
– Fredrico Tesio


01110_18; Lahore; Pakistan; 04/1983, PAKISTAN-10097Pakistan

BURMA-10391, Burma, 02/2011Burma

A horse is worth more than riches.
– Spanish Proverb

_DSC7490, Lombari, Brazil, 2010, BRAZIL-10011NF9Brazil

00010_05, USA-10208, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA,United States

ITALY-10591NF2 (1)Italy

AFGHN-12834 (2)Pakistan

00635_04, Lavazza, Honduras, 2004, HONDURAS-10018NF3Honduras


There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse.
– Robert Smith Surtees


Somewhere in time’s own space
There must be some sweet pastured place
Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow
Some paradise where horses go,
For by the love that guides my pen
I know great horses live again.
– Stanley Harrison


00510_11retouched_KateDaigneault 09/11/2013Morocco

And Allah took a handful of southerly wind,
blew His breath over it, and created the horse.
Thou shall fly without wings, and conquer without any sword.
– Bedouin Legend


In riding horses we borrow freedom.
-Helen Thompson


USA-10387, Texas; USA; 2006; PORTRAITS_APPUnited States


00512_02; Baluchistan; Pakistan; 03/1981; BIO-10274NF2Steve McCurry in Baluchistan, Pakistan

Current Exhibitions
Kunsthalle Erfurt, Germany

Juminkeko Foundation
Kuhmo, Finland

Upcoming Exhibitions

Alex Del Piero Gallery
Torino, Italy
16 May 2014 through 31 August 2014

Beetles & Huxley Gallery
London, UK
May 12 through June 7, 2014

Frederic Got Fine Art Gallery
June 2014

Theatre de la Photography et de l’Image
Nice, France
27 June 2014 through 28 September 2014


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

Sentinels and Sanctuaries

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2013 by stevemccurry

CAMBODIA-10290Angkor Wat Temple Complex, Cambodia

Trees are Sentinels
Guarding, Nurturing, Protecting
Bastions of Dignity

Breathing life
Providing shelter
Asking for nothing
Sacrificing everything
– K. Earle

_SM11420, Chiang-Mai, Thailand, 2011, THAILAND-10087Chiang Mai, Thailand

INDIA-10710Darjeeling, India

Trees are sanctuaries.
Whoever knows how to speak to them,
whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.
They do not preach learning and precepts,
they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.
– Hermann Hesse, Wandering

CAMBODIA-10032 (1)Caretaker at Ta Prohm temple, Angkor, Cambodia

For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers.
Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. 
– H. Hesse, ibid

FRANCE-10126Paris, France

If you would know strength and patience,
welcome the company of trees.  
– Hal Borland


ITALY-10486, Camino, Italy, 2004. A woman hikes through a forest.Italy

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a
claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something,
that quality of air that emanation from old trees,
that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
–  Robert Louis Stevenson


I hear the wind among the trees
Playing the celestial symphonies;
I see the branches downward bent,
Like keys of some great instrument.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



I never saw a discontented tree.
They grip the ground as though they liked it, and
though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.
They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind,
going and coming like ourselves,
traveling with us around the
sun two million miles a day,
and through space heaven knows how
fast and far!
–  John Muir


THAILAND-10008NFAyutthaya, Thailand

AFRICA-10237The Sahel, Africa

Planting trees early in spring,
we make a place for birds to sing in time to come.
How do we know? They are singing here now.
There is no other guarantee that singing will ever be.
– Wendell Berry

00547_09. Monsoons, Nepal, 1983, 08/1983. A young boy works on a mountainside.Nepal

No wonder the hills and groves were God’s first temples…
– John Muir


INDIA-10855Agra, India

KOREA-10010South Korea

Trees, proud standing people
stretching fingertips to the sky, reaching, praying
glorious attention, breathing light.
timeless confidence
bending and firm
comforting …
–  Wallace Stevens  


Current Gallery Exhibitions

Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica, California
Cavalier Gallery, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Fifty One Fine Art Photography in Antwerp, Belgium

 Current Museum Exhibitions
 Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Germany
Santa Maria della Scala Siena, Italy

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



Current Gallery Exhibitions
Fifty One Fine Art Photography in Antwerp, Belgium
Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica, California
Cavalier Gallery, Nantucket, Massachusetts

Upcoming Gallery Exhibitions
David Bloch Gallery, 
Marrakech, Morocco

Current Museum Exhibitions
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Germany
Santa Maria della Scala Siena, Italy
Magnum Contact Sheets: Forte di Bard , Italy

Upcoming Museum Exhibitions
Fundacion ITAU Santiago, Chile
The World’s Ride  October 16 – January 17, 2014

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


HONDURAS-10006NF3 (1)Honduras


HazarasBamiyan, Afghanistan

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
– Will Durant


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



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



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


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

– Mark Twain


AFGHN-12369Maimana, Afghanistan

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



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



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


Power of Play

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2013 by stevemccurry


It is a happy talent to know how to play.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson



Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a
tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.
– Henri Matisse



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












Men do not quit playing because they grow old;
they grow old because they quit playing.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.






Play is the exultation of the possible.
– Martin Buber



A child loves his play, not because it’s easy,
but because it’s hard.
– Benjamin Spock



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






In play a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behavior.
In play it is as though he were a head taller than himself.
– Lev Vygotsky



When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations to
move beyond the bounds of reality.

A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet.
A small child can be a superhero.
– Fred Rogers









Ritual grew up in sacred play; poetry was born in play and nourished on play;
music and dancing were pure play….
We have to conclude, therefore,

that civilization is, in its earliest phases, played…
– Johan Huizinga






Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.
– Diane Ackerman 




00253_10, YEMEN-10058NF, Yemen, 1997


Play, while it cannot change the external realities of children’s lives,
can be a vehicle for children to explore and enjoy their differences and similarities,
and to create, even for a brief time, a more just world
where everyone is an equal and valued participant.
– Patricia G. Ramsey





Play is the highest form of research.
– attributed to Albert Einstein




_SM15729_adj, Cuba, 2010, CUBA-00004


Sometimes you have to drop the rake and play in the leaves.
– Douglas V’Soske

BURMA-10280; Mandalay; Burma; 02/2011final print_MACRO



Varanasi, India, 2010



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