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Monsoon

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. 

PHILIPPINES-10130NF2

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.

CHINA-10243 (1)

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/

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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


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Santa Maria della Scala Siena, Italy

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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Stolen Childhoods

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

_2SM8311; India, 04/2012, INDIA-11596India

For the past three decades as I traveled the world on assignment I
 have witnessed children working in fields, factories, ditches, tunnels,
mines, and ship-breaking yards.

_PBS6043, Afghanistan, 2008, Hazaras, retouched: 05/27/2013 Kate DaigneaultKabul, Afghanistan

The scope of the problem is vast.
Hundreds of millions of children spend their 

childhood working and do not have an opportunity to
play, go to school, or live in a healthy environment.

INDIA-10461 (1)
India

INDIA-10207 (1)India

Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together, 
and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty,
you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.
 –  Grace Abbott

YEMEN-10052NF, Hajjah, Yemen, 1999. A shepherd boy tends to his flock.
Yemen

SAM_2957; Gujarat, Rajasthan, India; 05/22/2008, INDIA-11398India

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies is, 
in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are
cold and are not clothed.  This world in arms is not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
– Dwight David Eisenhower

PHILIPPINES-10017          Philippines

AFGHN-13034NF (1)Afghanistan

Marpha, Nepal, 1998Nepal

The object of employing children is not to train them,
but to get high profits from their work.

– Lewis Hine, 1908

MALI-10011Mali
Woman and her slave

_SM13419, Myanmar, Burma, 02/2011, BURMA-10283
Burma

There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children.
There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected,
that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want
and that they can grow up in peace.
– Kofi Annan

MALI-10024NF2Mali

00018_02. Millet Farmer, the Sahel, Niger, 1995 The Unguarded MomentNiger

Amid attempts to protect elephants from ivory poachers and dolphins from tuna nets,
the rights of children go remarkably unremarked.
– Anna Quindlen

00492_01 Tibetans, 12/2000.Tibet

_DSC1404, India, INDIA-11497India

BURMA-10232Burma

AFGHN-10025Kabul, Afghanistan

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

The real solution is to improve the incomes of the poor and
provide their children with decent education.
– Carol Bellamy

00075_15. Young Boy Selling Flowers, India, 1993India 

Child labour must not become the nation’s social safety net.
– Kailash Satyarthi

BANGLADESH-10014Bangladesh

There is no room for complacency when 215 million children are still labouring to survive and
more than half of these are exposed to the worst forms of child labour, including slavery and
involvement in armed conflict. We cannot allow the eradication of child labour
to slip down the development agenda — all countries should be striving to
achieve this target, individually and collectively.
– Juan Somavia

_PBS6152, Afghanistan, 2008, Hazaras, retouched: 05/27/2013 Kate DaigneaultAfghanistan

AFGHN-12258_newKandahar, Afghanistan

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