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It Takes Two

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2012 by stevemccurry

 Here are some pictures of couples all over
the world who have a relationship that is
evident in their gestures of caring, their body
language, their eyes.



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, Mexico, Nobel Laureate in Literature


Havana, Cuba



A4487718, THAILAND-10041NF, Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, Thailand


Venice, Italy

What is essential is invisible to the eye.
 – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Rome, Italy

Grow old along with me.
The best is yet to be, the last of life,
for which the first was made.
Our times are in his hand who saith,
A whole I planned, youth shows but half;
Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!
– Robert Browning





New York City


Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan

Life has taught us that love does not
consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward
together in the same direction.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,
Wind, Sand, and Stars


Tagong, Tibet

Take away love and our earth is a tomb.
– Robert Browning


Gostivar, Macedonia



Agra, India

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of. 
– Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670



To love someone deeply gives you strength.
Being loved by someone  deeply gives you courage.
– Lao-Tzu


Sanaa, Yemen



Dublin, Ireland



Belgrade, Serbia

One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life.
That word is love.
– Sophocles


Rome, Italy



Istanbul, Turkey





Rome, Italy

The couple is time recaptured, the return to the time before time.
– Octavio Paz, Mexico, Nobel Laureate in Literature

The Firmest Friend

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2011 by stevemccurry

 The poor dog, in life the firmest friend,
The first to welcome, foremost to defend.
– Lord Byron


Johannesburg, South Africa


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, where doing nothing was not boring.

It was peace.
– Milan Kundera






Kham, Eastern Tibet



Varanasi, India

The dog … is the god of frolic.
– Henry Ward Beecher


Angkor, Cambodia


New Delhi, India



Kabul, Afghanistan

With eye upraised his master’s look to scan,
The joy, the solace, and the aid of man:
The rich man’s guardian and the poor man’s friend,
The only creature faithful to the end.
– George Crabbe


Porbandar, India

The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be.
– Konrad Lorenz


Bagan, Burma


ITALY-10089, Rome, Italy, 10/1994,

Rome, Italy

I read the Odyssey because it was the story of a man who
returned home after being absent for more than twenty years
and was recognized only by his dog.

– Guillermo C. Infante

FRANCE-10028, France, 1989

Marseille, France






If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have
known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.
– James Thurber


Texas, USA

Histories are more full of the examples
of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.
– Alexander Pope






Jaipur, India

All knowledge, the totality of all questions and answers,
is contained in the dog.
Franz Kafka, Investigations of the Dog


Near Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka



Rome, Italy


California, USA

The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in
this selfish world, the one that never deserts him,
the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.
– George Graham



If you think you’re a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around.
–  Cowboy Wisdom


Gruffy, our family dog, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

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On the Road

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2011 by stevemccurry

Stories about roads and journeys are as old as humankind.  One of the earliest “on the road” stories was Homer’s Odyssey, from 800 B.C.E., the story of Odysseus’ journey home after the Trojan Wars.

AFGHN-12211Southern Afghanistan

NIGER-10001NFMadaoua, Niger


From Homer to Dante,  Xuanzang , Marco Polo and Cervantes to Halliburton, to Kerouac, Durell, Theroux, Iyer, writers have taken their readers along on their roads, whether the journey is  fiction, non-fiction, or a combination of both.

MAURITANIA-10003Tiguent, Mauritania


  The words, “on the road”, can mean many things.  To the salesman, it is a time away from home trying to sell products.  To the explorer, it means setting off on an  adventure.  A road trip for athletes means that they’re playing in a different city.  To a homeless person, being on the road means the search for food and shelter.  To a Buddhist, the road may symbolize the path to enlightenment.  For refugees, the road is an escape route and symbolizes hope and safety.

AFGHN-12804NFBamiyan, Afghanistan



AFGHN-12880Near the Afghan/Pakistan border






AFGHN-10072NF5Kabul, Afghanistan



KUWAIT-10007NFAhmadi Oil Fields, Kuwait



INDIA-10837Calcutta/Kolkata, India



INDIA-10461Calcutta/Kolkata, India



INDIA-10841Rajasthan, India


“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson




USA-10208Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA

CUBA-10022Havana, Cuba



 INDIA-10206Calcutta/Kolkata, India






AFGHN-12499NF2Kabul, Afghanistan



INDIA-10405NFPorbandar, Gujarat, India



CAMBODIA-10082NF2Angkor, Cambodia


The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began,
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

– Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien


TIBET-10403Kham, Tibet


TIBET-10510Amdo, Tibet

The Power of Two

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2010 by stevemccurry

I have always been interested in the ways that people around the world share things in common.  All of those things remind us of what the human condition is really about.  In the blogs that I wrote about reading, we saw that there is a strong connection between people and their books which is the same in Yemen as it is in China as it is in France as it is in Thailand as any other place on the planet.  The relationship between people and their books goes all the way back to the invention of the printing press.

The subject of this blog goes back millennia.  Here are some pictures of couples who have a relationship that is evident in their gestures of caring, their body language, in their eyes.


Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam



Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan



Tagong, Kham, Tibet



Gostivar, Macedonia



Agra, India


Nouakchott, Mauritania



Lourdes, France



Kampala, Uganda



Sanaa, Yemen



After the ball, Dublin, Ireland



Ljubljana, Slovenia



Belgrade, Serbia


Unseen, Unpublished Redux

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2010 by stevemccurry

Over the years I have shot close to a million pictures.  Many of them have been published in my books, in magazines, and seen in my exhibitions and on my website. Most have never been seen.  Here are a few of those pictures.


Cambodia, Angkor Wat, 1999



Tibet, 2008



Tibet, 2001


AFRICA-10179NF2, Morocco, 03/1998

Violinist in an outdoor market, Morocco,1988



Morocco, 1988



Nomad, Kham, Tibet, 2004



Jodhpur, India, 1996



Kashmir, 1998



Yemen, 1997



Tibet, 2001

The Path to Buddha

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2009 by stevemccurry

I am often asked about which countries I enjoy photographing the most.  That’s very hard to answer, but I do enjoy going back again and again to Buddhist countries, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Bhutan, Tibet, Sri Lanka, and Burma.


Buddha statue in Mandalay, Burma, 2008


Monk at the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, Tibet, 2000

The ethics and the aesthetics of Buddhism are melded in a unique way. The vivid color of robes and sacred places contrast with the monochromatic tradition I grew up with.


Young monks play with computer games in Sera Monastery in Bylakuppe, India, 2001

Every time I have visited a Buddhist monastery, I have seen a playfulness among the monks, a joy in the way they conduct themselves and the way they interact with each other.

Young nun, Rangoon, BURMA-10013NF2, Burma/Myanmar, 1994

Young nun, Rangoon, Burma, 1994


Monks in the Rain, Angkor Wat, Cambodia, 1999


A monk studies Buddhist scripture in the late afternoon at a monastery in Aranyaprathet, Thailand, 1996

As I photographed the picture of the monk and the cat in a monastery in Thailand, it occured to me that all the qualities that I observed – contemplation, serenity, meditation – are ones that are antithetical to the hard-charging, ladder-climbing Western culture.


Young monks study Buddhist scripture at a monastery in Litang, Kham, Tibet, 1999


Pilgrim praying at the Buddhist academy of Larung Gar, near Serthar, Kham, Tibet, 2001

The Monks have a way of taking something we could consider mundane, and transform it into something sacred.


Candles are a form of offering at the Tibetan Prayer Festival, during which thousands are lit under the Bodi tree. Bodh Gaya, India, 2000

Monasteries have always been places of refuge for people and animals who have no other place to go.  Monks will share whatever they have, no matter how small.


Woman meditates in Bagan monastery, Burma, 2008

Even though they get merits for helping people in need, one never has the impression that they do it for any other reason other than their good nature, dedication, and hospitality.

Quotations from the Buddha:

“Teach this triple truth to all:  A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”

“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.”

“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.”



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