Author Archives: Steve McCurry

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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Portraits of Resilience

Portraits of Resilience

 
India
Resilienceis the ability to overcome adversity,cope with setbacks, and persevere in the face of  trauma and deprivation.
Kandahar, Afghanistan
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.  – Nelson Mandela
Herat, Afghanistan
Sri Lanka
Mali
Mumbai, India
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. – Harriet Beecher Stowe
Tibet
Nothing in the world can

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Family Table

Family Table

Perugia, Italy
Researchers have confirmed what parents have known for a long time; sharing a family meal is good for the spirit, the brain and the health of all family members. – Anne Fishel, Ph.D.
India
In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony. – Eva Burrows
Viet Tri City, Vietnam
Honduras
There is no better classroom than the family table. – Kaye Earle
Tibet
Burma
Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.   – Anthony Brandt
 Sri Lanka
India

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