Sidewalk Vignettes

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India  “You could start at a path leading nowhere more fantastic than from your own front steps to the sidewalk, and from there you could go… well, anywhere at all.” – Stephen King Cuba Burma The first sidewalks made their appearance around 2000 BCE in what is now Turkey,  and there is evidence that both […]

On Portraiture

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Ethiopia  What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound than a portrait. – Charles Baudelaire  Los Angeles, California, USA The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions. – Marcus Tullius Cicero Cuba Nepal The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have […]

Morning Glory

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There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them. –  Jo Walton Kashmir Agra, India Burma 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 […]

The Spirit of Afghanistan

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“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 Bamiyan “I have the impression that (Afghan) children are much more excited about going to […]

River of Life

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For more than 2000 years, travelers have walked, ridden, prayed, traded, invaded, escaped, fought, and died along the 1,500 miles of the Grand Trunk Road which stretches from Kolkata to Kabul. Kolkata, India This ribbon of humanity stretching Northwest from Kolkata, the city of culture and joy, to Kabul, the city of conflict, has been moving […]

Deep South

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Paul Theroux’s book, Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is now available Photographs by Steve McCurry Warren, Arkansas Paul Theroux and I have been working together since 1984. We did a book together on Indian railways; we worked on an assignment together in Costa Rica, and   I visited him at […]

Deep South

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Paul Theroux’s book, Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads, includes photographs by Steve McCurry Warren, Arkansas Paul Theroux and I have been working together since 1984. We did a book together on Indian railways; we worked on an assignment together in Costa Rica, and   I visited him at his home in Hawaii. Deep […]

Portraits

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Portraits reveal a desire for human connection; a desire so strong that people who know they will never see me again open themselves to the camera,  all in the hope that at the other end someone will be watching, someone who will laugh or suffer with them. India A true portrait should today and a […]

Between Darkness and Light

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Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides. – Junichiro Tanizak, In Praise of Shadows  South Africa The shadow is that place between darkness and light. Turkey  We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of […]

Monsoon

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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. Bihar, 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 […]