Author Archives: Steve McCurry

Eye Witness

 Eyes speak a universal language, and no
interpreter is needed.
India

Where words are restrained,
the eyes often talk a great deal.
- Samuel Richardson
Italy
Her eyes are homes of silent prayers.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson

Yemen
Eyes are more accurate witnesses than ears.
- Heraclitus of Ephesus, 535 – c. 475 BCE
Afghanistan
 
Ethiopia
The countenance is the portrait of the soul,
and the eyes mark its intentions.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 – 43 BCE
Afghanistan
The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mali
Tibet
The face is the mirror of the mind,

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Faces of Afghanistan

“A landscape might be denuded,
a human settlement abandoned or lost, but always,
just beneath the ground lies history of preposterous grandeur. . .
They are everywhere, these individuals of undaunted
humankind, irrepressibly optimistic and proud.”
-  The Carpet Wars, Christopher Kremmer
Kabul
Herat
Kabul
Panjshir Valley
Yet even at their most turbulent, the Afghans have tended to impress
travellers with their dignity and hospitality as much as their fierce independence.
- William Dalrymple,  author of Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839–42
Kabul
Charikar
Bamiyan
God must have loved Afghans because he made them so beautiful.
- Unknown
Peshawar, Pakistan

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Horses and Humans

Horses and Humans

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
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
Afghanistan
Tibet
There is something about the outside of

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Reflections on Portraiture

Reflections on Portraiture

Ethiopia
 What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound than a portrait. – Charles Baudelaire 
Los Angeles, California, United States
As human beings we are fascinated with how we and others look. Diane Arbus talked about the gap between intention and effect as revealed in portraiture. People put on make-up and adorn themselves because they want to create an effect and give a certain impression, but often other people look at them and say it’s tragic or comical or curious or funny or odd. Portraiture can be that kind of sharp critique.
Italy
Kabul, Afghanistan

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Children of the Omo

Surma tribe, Omo Valley, Ethiopia
The Omo River Valley is located in Southwest Ethiopia. It has been called “the last frontier” in Africa. 
Kara tribe
There are nine main tribes that occupy the Omo River Valley, with a population of approximately 225,000 tribal peoples.  The majority of the people living in the Omo River Valley live without clean drinking water and without medical care.
Surma tribe
It has been a privilege to go back to the Omo Valley in Ethiopia with my friend, John Rowe, to photograph the work he is doing with Lale Labuko in their mission to end the practice of mingi and

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Where the World Meets

Buying and Selling in the World’s Bazaars, Souks, and Markets
Kolkata, India
In The Bazaars of Hyderabad What do you sell, Oh ye merchants? Richly your wares are displayed, Turbans of crimson and silver, Tunics of purple brocade, Mirrors with panels of amber, Daggers with handles of jade.
Peshawar, Pakistan
What do you weigh, Oh ye vendors? Saffron, lentil and rice.
Pul–i-Khumri, Afghanistan
What do you cry, Oh fruitmen? Citron, pomegranate and plum.
Kashmir
What do you call, Oh ye pedlars? Chessmen and ivory dice.
Sanaa, Yemen
What do you make, Oh ye goldsmiths? Wristlet and anklet and ring, Bells for

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