On the Road

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again;
we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.
– Jack Kerouac


Roads are a record of those who have gone before.
–  Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

ITALY-10479Umbria, Italy

The road is home.
–  Unknown



The way was long and weary,
But gallantly they strode …
Along the heavy road.
– George Robert Sims

JAPAN-10072Kesennuma, Japan

ETHIOPIA-10048Omo Valley, Ethiopia

A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape.
– Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking


Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.
– Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

JAPAN-10167NFTokyo, Japan

The magic of the street is the mingling of the errand and the epiphany.
–  Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking


If one were given a single window from which to look upon the changing
Eastern world, it should face, I think, the road.
– Freya Stark, East Is West

_2SM9314Karelia, Russia

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say”
–  J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

ETHIOPIA-10059Omo Valley, Ethiopia




To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road,
to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

TIBET-10115NFnsXiahe, Tibet


AFGHN-10037Herat, Afghanistan

Some roads aren’t meant to be travelled alone.
– Proverb


N e w s   a n d   I n f o r m a t i o n
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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.