Life in Black and White


How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and
tolerant of the weak and strong.
Someday in your life you will have been all of these.
–  George Washington Carver

MEXICO-10001Mexico City

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn,
good and ill together.

– William Shakespeare

AFGHN-13198; Afghanistan; 1980. A young girl holds her sibling.Afghanistan

The great use of a life is to spend for something that outlasts it.
– William James


May you live every day of your life.
– Jonathan Swift


00829_01, Afghanistan, 1980, AFGHN-13342

This boy has never held a book in his hands, has never attended school, and has never known
a life without the threat of violence.

AFRICA-10204, Morocco, September, 2008, Final print_Novartis,Morocco

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
– Rabindranath Tagore

00847_15, Afghanistan, 1980, AFGHN-13564Afghanistan

Novartis Group Annual Report 2009, Back Cover, AACD, Sao Paulo, BrazilBrazil


LATIN_AMERICA-10055, February, 2009, final print_NovartisBrazil

Man is born to live, not to prepare for life.
– Boris Pasternak



I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
– Rabindranath Tagore


The potential possibilities of any child are the most
intriguing and stimulating in all creation.

– Ray L. Wilbur

SOUTH_AFRICA-10019South Africa

SOUTH_AFRICA-10014South Africa

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SOUTH_AFRICA-10021South Africa

SOUTH_AFRICA-10016 South Africa

A the end of your life, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took,
but how many moments took your breath away.
– Shing Xiong

About the author

Steve McCurry has been a one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than 30 years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

Born in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; McCurry studied film at Pennsylvania State University, before going on to work for a local newspaper. After several years of freelance work, McCurry made his first of what would become many trips to India. Traveling with little more than a bag of clothes and another of film, he made his way across the subcontinent, exploring the country with his camera.

It was after several months of travel that he found himself crossing the border into Pakistan. There, he met a group of refugees from Afghanistan, who smuggled him across the border into their country, just as the Russian Invasion was closing the country to all western journalists. Emerging in traditional dress, with full beard and weather-worn features after weeks embedded with the Mujahideen, McCurry brought the world the first images of the conflict in Afghanistan, putting a human face to the issue on every masthead.

Since then, McCurry has gone on to create stunning images over six continents and countless countries. His work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike - yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of the Afghan Girl such a powerful image.

McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, National Press Photographers Award, and an unprecedented four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest, to name a few.