Figures in a Wasteland: Mother and Child, Hiroshima, 1945

Originally posted on LIFE:

“Japanese doctors said that those who had been killed by the blast itself died instantly. But presently, according to these doctors, those who had suffered only small burns found their appetite failing, their hair falling out, their gums bleeding. They developed temperatures of 104, vomited blood, and died. . . . Last week the Japanese announced that the count of Hiroshima’s dead had risen to 125,000.” — From “What Ended the War,” LIFE magazine, Sept. 17, 1945

Four months after the American B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945, killing roughly 70,000 men, women and children outright and dooming tens of thousands more to either a torturous recovery or a slow death by radiation poisoning, burns or other injuries and afflictions, Alfred Eisenstaedt made this portrait of a Japanese mother and her child amid the ruins of the city.

Beyond the eternal debate

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Eye Witness

Originally posted on Steve McCurry's Blog:

Eyes speak a universal language, and no
interpreter is needed

SAM_5899, Rajasthan, India, 2009, INDIA-11532India

Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal.
-Samuel Richardson

AFGHN-10242Kandahar

These eyes tell the stories of children around the world.
They speak of war, deprivation, and loss.

INDIA-11525India

There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.
- G. K. Chesterton

TIBET-10605NFTibet

Eyes are more accurate witnesses than ears.
- Heraclitus of Ephesus, 535 – c. 475 BCE

INDIA-11674India

BRAZIL-10059NFAdriana Lima, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive:
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academes,
That show, contain and nourish all the world.
 William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost

ITALY-10409Actor, Italy

Almost nothing need be said when you have eyes.
 - Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian Poet

PAKISTAN-10029NF3Afghan refugee, Peshawar, Pakistan

Could a greater miracle take place than…

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Family Matters

Originally posted on Steve McCurry's Blog:

AFGHN-10124Returning family of refugees in their destroyed home in Herat, Afghanistan

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction,
the cement that binds closer together,
and the music that brings harmony.
- Eva Burrows

YUGOSLAVIA-10076Bosnia and Herzegovina

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

- Jane Howard

TIBET-10567Tibet

HONDURAS-10006NF3 (1)Honduras

AUSTRALIA-10001NFAustralia

HazarasBamiyan, Afghanistan

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
- Will Durant

BURMA-10626Burma

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.  
-  George Santayana

JAPAN-10152Japan

MAURITANIA-10001NFMauritania

The family is link to our past, bridge to our future.
- Alex Haley

LATIN_AMERICA-10011Peru

INDIA-11112NFIndia

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you,
but at the same time
you carry them with you in your heart,
your mind, your stomach, because 

you do not just live in…

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Life Breath of Half the World

Originally posted on Steve McCurry's Blog:

INDIA-10220 India

India’s  monsoon rains have covered the entire country a month ahead of schedule,
brightening the prospects for a
bumper output of summer-sown crops such as rice, oilseeds and
cotton in one of the world’s leading producers.

INDIA-10214-(1)Mumbai, India

INDIA-11087India

During the year I spent following the monsoon in a dozen countries, I learned to see it as a critically important event, 
and not the disaster it had first seemed to my Western eyes.

INDIA-11030Varanasi, India

For half the world’s people, good monsoon s  mean life and prosperity.
Bad monsoons mean famine and death.

INDIA-10301NF2India

Farmers experience the monsoon as an almost religious experience 
as they watch their fields come backto life after being parched for half the year. 

INDIA-10678-(1)India

BURMA-10564
Burma

For months there is no rain, and then there is too much.
Half the world’s people survive at the whim of the monsoon.

BANGLADESH-10009
Bangladesh 

Rain is grace;
Rain is the sky descending…

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Stolen Childhoods

Originally posted on Steve McCurry's Blog:

_2SM8311; India, 04/2012, INDIA-11596India

For the past three decades as I traveled the world on assignment I
 have witnessed children working in fields, factories, ditches, tunnels,
mines, and ship-breaking yards.

_PBS6043, Afghanistan, 2008, Hazaras, retouched: 05/27/2013 Kate DaigneaultKabul, Afghanistan

The scope of the problem is vast.
Hundreds of millions of children spend their 

childhood working and do not have an opportunity to
play, go to school, or live in a healthy environment.

INDIA-10461 (1)
India

INDIA-10207 (1)India

Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together, 
and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty,
you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.
 -  Grace Abbott

YEMEN-10052NF, Hajjah, Yemen, 1999. A shepherd boy tends to his flock.
Yemen

SAM_2957; Gujarat, Rajasthan, India; 05/22/2008, INDIA-11398India

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies is, 
in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are
cold and are not clothed.  This world in arms is not spending…

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Life in Black and White

Originally posted on Steve McCurry's Blog:

INDIA-10941NF

India

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-10001

Mexico 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

JAPAN-10014

Japan

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

INDIA-10904

India

 

00829_01, Afghanistan, 1980, AFGHN-13342

Afghanistan



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-13564

Afghanistan

 

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

Brazil

 

INDIA-12060

India

LATIN_AMERICA-10055, February, 2009, final print_Novartis

Brazil

Man is born to…

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The Life of Things

Originally posted on Steve McCurry's Blog:

VIETNAM-10034

Vietnam

While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.
- William Wordsworth,
Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey

_SM19701, Myanmar/Burma, BURMA-10484

Burma

 

_SM13955, Rome, Italy, 05/23/2011

Italy

 

BURMA-10470NF2

Burma

 

ITALY-10465

Italy

 

INDIA-11589

India

Portraits often seem pregnant with speech, or as if their subjects have just finished saying something,

or will soon speak the thoughts that inform their faces, the thoughts we’re invited to read.
Landscapes are full of presences, visible or unseen; soon nymphs or a stag or a
band of hikers will make themselves heard.

NEPAL-10006

Nepal

But no word will ever be spoken here, among the flowers and snails,
the solid and dependable apples,
this heap of rumpled books,
this pewter plate on which a few opened oysters lie, giving up their silver.

_DSC9141, India, 2007. INDIA-11923NF. A clay monkey diety in India.

India

These are resolutely still, immutable, poised for a forward movement that will…

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