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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

 

 

The World’s Ride

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2016 by stevemccurry

The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.
– William Saroyan

AFGHN-13525
Afghanistan

The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man.
Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish.
Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.

– Iris Murdoch

INDIA-11443
India

Bicycle Haiku
Wheels  carried me from
Youth to middle to old age
Never complaining.
– Kay Earle

AFGHN-12360NF5
Afghanistan

 The first real grip I ever got on things
Was when I learned the art of pedaling
– Seamus Heaney

INDONESIA-10031
Indonesia

My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles.
They both move people forward without wasting anything.
The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.
– Peter Golkin 

CHINA-10102
China

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.
– President John F. Kennedy

CAMBODIA-10645
Cambodia

A bicycle does get you there and more… And there is always the thin edge of danger to
keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. Dogs become dogs
again and snap at your raincoat; potholes become personal.
And getting there is all the fun.
– Bill Emerson, On Bicycling, Saturday Evening Post, 1967

INDIA-10736
India

I feel that I am entitled to my share of lightheartedness and there is
nothing wrong with enjoying one’s self simply, like a boy.
– Leo Tolstoy, Responding to criticism for learning to ride a bicycle at age 67

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Bangladesh

MOROCCO-10130NF
Morocco

It would not be at all strange if history came to the conclusion that the
perfection of the bicycle was the greatest event of the nineteenth century.
– Unknown

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Mali

Whoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity.
– Lord Charles Beresford

AFGHN-12323
Afghanistan

Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race.
– H.G. Wells

_DSC0234, Cuba. 07/19/2015, CUBA-10280NF. A man on bicycle with arms outstretched. retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 08/28/2015

Cuba

 

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

TIBET-10510Tibet

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

TIBET-10105nsTibet

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

AFGHN-12254NFAfghanistan

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

CAMBODIA-10085Cambodia

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

ITALY-10531Italy

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

NEPAL-10060Nepal

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

BURMA-10716NF2Burma

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

AFGHN-10153Afghanistan

In riding horses we borrow freedom.
-Helen Thompson

KASHMIR-10079NFKashmir

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
France
June 2014

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

01006_13_blogItaly

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

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

ETHIOPIA-10048NFEthiopia

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

KASHMIR-10055Kashmir

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

CAMBODIA-10211Cambodia


ETHIOPIA-10143Ethiopia

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

MOROCCO-10072Morocco

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

ITALY-10020Italy

INDIA-10855Agra, India

KOREA-10010South Korea

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

THAILAND-10034Thailand


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

Life in Black and White

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2013 by stevemccurry
INDIA-10941NF

India

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and
tolerant of the weak and strong.
Someday in your life you will have been all of these.
–  George Washington Carver

MEXICO-10001

Mexico City

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn,
good and ill together.

– William Shakespeare

AFGHN-13198; Afghanistan; 1980. A young girl holds her sibling.

Afghanistan

The great use of a life is to spend for something that outlasts it.
– William James

JAPAN-10014

Japan

May you live every day of your life.
– Jonathan Swift

INDIA-10904

India

 

00829_01, Afghanistan, 1980, AFGHN-13342

Afghanistan



This boy has never held a book in his hands, has never attended school, and has never known
a life without the threat of violence.

AFRICA-10204, Morocco, September, 2008, Final print_Novartis,

Morocco

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
– Rabindranath Tagore

00847_15, Afghanistan, 1980, AFGHN-13564

Afghanistan

 

Novartis Group Annual Report 2009, Back Cover, AACD, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brazil

 

INDIA-12060

India

LATIN_AMERICA-10055, February, 2009, final print_Novartis

Brazil

Man is born to live, not to prepare for life.
– Boris Pasternak

INDIA-10899

India

 

afghn-13696

Afghanistan

I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
– Rabindranath Tagore

INDIA-12059

India

The potential possibilities of any child are the most
intriguing and stimulating in all creation.

– Ray L. Wilbur

SOUTH_AFRICA-10019

South Africa

 

SOUTH_AFRICA-10014

South Africa

USA-10186

United States

 

INDIA-12058NF

India

 

SOUTH_AFRICA-10021

South Africa

 

SOUTH_AFRICA-10016

South Africa

A the end of your life, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took,
but how many moments took your breath away.
– Shing Xiong

Food for the Soul

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2012 by stevemccurry

Conversation is food for the soul.
– Mexican Proverb

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

 The great secret of succeeding in conversation is to admire little, to hear much;
always to distrust our own reason, and sometimes that of our friends;
never to pretend to wit, but to make that of others appear as much as possibly we can;
to hearken to what is said and to answer to the purpose.
– Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790

Yemen

Yemen

The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense,
the third good humor, and the fourth wit.

– Sir William Temple, 1628-1699

Tanzania

Tanzania

The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another’s observation, not overturning it.
– Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton, 1803 – 1873

Morocco

Morocco

The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others.
– Jean de la Bruyere, 1803 – 1873

 Italy

Italy

 The character of a man is known from his conversations.
– Menander, 342 – 292 BCE

Poet Khalil Khoury, Baghdad, Iraq

Poet Khalil Khoury, Baghdad, Iraq

 

Japan

Japan

 

India

India

Conversation. What is it? A Mystery!
It’s the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest,
of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all.

– Guy de Maupassant, 1850 – 1893

Lourdes, France

Lourdes, France

 

China

China

The most fruitful and natural exercise for our minds is, in my opinion, conversation.
–  Michel de Montaigne, The Essays: A Selection, 1533 – 1592

Turkey

Turkey

 

Russia

Russia

 

France

France

 

Afghanistan

Afghanistan

A single conversation with a wise person is worth a month’s study of books.
– Chinese Proverb

Italy

Italy


India

India

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after.
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

Tanzania

Tanzania

In my opinion, the most fruitful and natural play of the mind is in conversation.
I find it sweeter than any other action in life; and if I were forced to choose,
I think I would rather lose my sight than my hearing and voice.
– Michel de Montaigne

Tibet

Tibet

The very act of preparing and serving tea encourages conversation.
The little spaces in time created by teatime rituals call out to be filled with conversation.
Even the tea itself–warm and comforting-inspires a feeling of relaxation and trust that fosters shared confidences.
Emilie Barnes, If Teacups Could Talk

Italy

Italy

The highest good is prayer and conversation with God.
– St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, 347–407

Paraguay

Paraguay

 

Steve McCurry in Omo Valley with men from Surma Tribe

Steve McCurry in Omo Valley with men from Surma Tribe

 

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