Archive for Robert Browning

Power of Two

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2014 by stevemccurry
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work.
If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
– Ecclesiastes 4

INDIA-11482Jodhpur, India

DSC_6015, Turkish Tourism, Turkey, 2013. Couple walking on the street.Istanbul, Turkey

CHINA-10223Shanghai, China

One’s not half of two;
two are halves of one.
– e.e. cummings


FRANCE-10056, Lourdes, France, 1988Lourdes, France

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, not be afraid!
– Robert Browning


SPAIN-10051 (1)Spain


The couple is time recaptured,
the return to the time before time.

– Octavio Paz, Nobel Laureate in Literature




CHINA-10231 (1)Hong Kong, China


AFGHN-13988Kabul, Afghanistan

YEMEN-10061, Yemen, 1997Yemen


Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet.
– Vietnamese Proverb


Words are easy, like the wind;
Faithful friends are hard to find.

– William Shakespeare


00734_10, Afghanistan, Hazara People, July, 07/2006, AFGHN-13082Afghanistan

DSC_4537, Deep South, 04/2014 Retouched by Ekaterina Savtsova 04/13/2014United States



The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand,
not the kindly smile,
nor the joy of companionship.
It is the spiritual inspiration

that comes to one when you discover that someone else
believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.
– Mignon McLaughlin

UGANDA-10002 (1)Uganda

Love always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
–  Corinthians 13



Brucie Collections
Kiev, Ukraine
May 14 – August 17, 2014

Alessandro Del Piero Gallery
Torino, Italy
May 16 – August 31, 2014

Festival La Gacilly
La Gacilly, France
May 31 – September 30, 2014

Théâtre de la Photography et de l’Image
Nice, France
June 27 – September 28, 2014

Loukla & Michael Zampelas Art Museum
Kaimakli, Nicosia, Cyprus
August 5 – September 30, 2014

Leica Gallery
Salzburg, Austria
August 7 – September 27, 2014

The Anna Lamar Switzer Gallery,
Pensacola State College
Pensacola, FL
August 18 – December 12, 2014

When Things Come Alive

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2013 by stevemccurry

when words fade and things come alive.
When the destructive analysis of day is done, and
all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again.
When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

00081_15, New York, New York, USA, USA-10032NFOverlooking Washington Square Park, New York, United States



I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
– Vincent Van Gogh

USA-10164_newLos Angeles, United States

ITALY-10450NF3Umbria, Italy

And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents
and silently steal away
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow




CHINA-10026_newHong Kong

The man who has seen the rising moon break out of the clouds
at midnight has been present like an archangel at the
creation of light and of the world
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

CHINA-10171Hong Kong

USA-10086New York, United States

INDIA-10237NF3Mumbai, India

Most glorious night!
Thou wert not sent for slumber!
– Lord Byron

01052_ 023India

To me at least was never evening yet
But seemed far beautifuller than its day.
– Robert Browning, The Ring and the Book

INDIA-10605Rambagh Palace Hotel, Jaipur, India

INDIA-10312NF, Taj Mahal, Agra, India, 1996,Agra, India

Day, like a weary pilgrim, had reached the western gate of heaven, and
Evening stooped down to unloose the latchets of his sandal shoon.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

USA-10294Grand Central Terminal, New York, United States

What hath night to do with sleep?
–  John Milton, Paradise Lost


Learn to reverence night and to put away the vulgar fear of it,
for, with the banishment of night from the experience of man,
there vanishes as well a religious emotion,
a poetic mood, which gives depth to the adventure of humanity.
– Henry Beston




ITALY-10018NF5, Camino, Italy, 09/2004 final print_MACROItaly

The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand.
– Frederick L. Knowles


Some praise the Lord for Light,
The living spark;
I thank God for the Night
The healing dark.
– Robert W. Service

Food for Thought

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2012 by stevemccurry

  Food is our common ground, a universal experience.
– James Beard

 Pul-e-Kumri, Afghanistan

Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the
single most significant trademarks of a culture.
– Mark Kurlansky

What is food to one man may be fierce poison to others.

– Lucretius, Roman Poet and Philosopher

Calcutta, India


The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water,
is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight…”
M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating

Bakery run by widows, Kabul, Afghanistan

All sorrows are less with bread.

– Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote


If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars  and all the heavens.
– Robert Browning


Bread is the king of the table and all else is merely the
court that surrounds the king.
– Louis Bromfield


Istanbul, Turkey

Food to a large extent is what holds a society together and
eating is closely linked to deep spiritual experiences.
– Peter Farb and George Armelagos

Consuming Passions: The Anthropology of Eating

Rajasthan, India

Egg Vendor, Kabul, Afghanistan

Chef Wolfgang Puck,  Los Angeles, California, USA

Date Seller, Yemen


The table is a place of communion for life’s large and small events.
Art Smith, Master Chef



Refugee Family, Sri Lanka

It’s the company, not the cooking, that makes a meal.
– Kirby Larson, Hattie Big Sky

Priyadarshini Park, Mumbai, India

If more of us valued food and cheer above hoarded gold, it would be a much merrier world.
– J.R.R. Tolkien

Monsoon Waters, Indonesia

Beirut, Lebanon


Mumbai, India

The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.

– E.M. Forster

The Colors of Italy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2011 by stevemccurry

My exhibition in Rome at the Museum of Contemporary Art opened December 3, 2011 and will run through April 29, 2012.
As part of the exhibition planning I spent several months photographing locations all over Italy.
Here are a few of those pictures.


Venice, Italy 

A man who has not been to Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.
 –  Samuel Johnson

You may have the universe if I may have Italy.
–  Giuseppe Verdi 



Rome, Italy

Open my heart and you will see,
Graved inside of it, “Italy.”
–  Robert Browning

_SM17552, Sicily, Italy, 04/2011, ITALY-10147

Sicily, Italy 


Gubbio, Italy

For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery—
back, back down the old ways of time. Strange and wonderful chords awake in us, and vibrate again
after many hundreds of years of complete forgetfulness.
– D.H.Lawrence

ITALY-10079, Venice, Italy, 03/2011

Venice, Italy

Report of fashions in proud Italy,
Whose manners still our tardy-apish nation
Limps after in base imitation.
–  William Shakespeare



Rome, Italy


Perugia, Italy


Venice, Italy


Camino, Italy

In Italy
Derek Walcott
Published in the New Yorker Magazine

Roads shouldered by enclosing walls with narrow
cobbled tracks for streets, those hill towns with their
stamp-sized squares and a sea pinned by the arrow
of a quivering horizon, with names that never wither
for centuries and shadows that are the dial of time. Light
older than wine and a cloud like a tablecloth
spread for lunch under the leaves …
April 21, 2008


Camino, Italy


Sicily, Italy

 MACRO Testaccio Pelanda
Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4

December 3, 2011 – April 29, 2012



Venice, Italy

If there is a gratification which I envy any people in this world it is to your country [Italy] its music.
This is the favorite passion of my soul, and fortune has cast my lot in a country where it is in a state of deplorable barbarism .
– Thomas Jefferson


Spoleto, Perugia

Italy is a dream that keeps returning
for the rest of your life.

– Anna Akhmatova


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