Author Archives: Steve McCurry

The Spirit 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 Bamiyan “I have the impression that (Afghan) children are much more excited about going to school than children in other countries are.  They think of it as a special privilege. Going to school, being with other children, getting books and pencils – all of that is like a dream for them.”   – Dr. Cheryl Benard, Veiled Courage…

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River of Life

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 merchants, buyers, conquerors, refugees, prophets, nomads and pilgrims through what is today India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Kolkata, India Here are some pictures of people and places I have taken along the route of the Grand Trunk Road during the past thirty years. Kolkata, India…

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Deep South

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 his home in Hawaii. Deep South is our second book collaboration. Elberton, Georgia Paul has a keen sense of humor and a sharp wit. He’s able to cut through the nonsense to find the truth. Allendale, South Carolina Natchez, Mississippi This  house served as…

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Deep South

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 South is our second book collaboration. Elberton, Georgia Paul has a keen sense of humor and a sharp wit. He’s able to cut through the nonsense to find the truth. Allendale, South Carolina Natchez, Mississippi Rosalie Mansion, built in Natchez in 1823 by a wealthy cotton…

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Portraits

Portraits

India A true portrait should today and a hundred years from today, be the testimony of how this person looked and what kind of human being he or she was. – Philippe Halsman, 1906 – 1979 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. Ethiopia As human beings we are fascinated with each other and how we look. Diane Arbus talked…

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Between Darkness and Light

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 shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates… Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty. –  Junichiro Tanizaki Cambodia The lovliest things in life are but shadows, and they come and go, and change and fade away…” –…

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