Stories Without Words

Havana, Cuba

The whole point of taking pictures is so that
you don’t have to explain things with words.

–  Elliott Erwitt


When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.
When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
–  Ansel Adams

Dominican Republic
Lourdes, France
Sri Lanka

If I could tell the story in words,
I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.
– Lewis Hine

Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghanistan – Making flower pots out of shells

Photography is the story I fail to put into words.
– Destin Sparks

Mumbai, India
Kampala, Uganda
Oaxaca, Mexico
Beirut, Lebanon

 For me, photography is about wandering, observing and telling stories.
From my early days of photography, I’ve always felt the influence of
André Kertész, Walker Evans, and Henri Cartier-Bresson whose
work demonstrates that profound and universal storytelling is considered art.

– Steve McCurry

Baluchistan, Pakistan – Pulling buckets of water from well during a drought
Johnstown, Pennsylvania



By Steve McCurry

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

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22 replies on “Stories Without Words”

Your photographs speak to me in a way no words ever could! Thank you for opening up the world to all of us and in doing so, show the common threads that bind humanity together.

I love how I keep experiencing coincidences with you and your work. It started a couple years back when you shared a photo on Instagram of a dog laying in the dirt — a photo very similar to one I’d taken back home in Guyana and was contemplating to share that week but was afraid viewers wouldn’t be as moved by it as I was. So many of you Cuba photos remind me of my own too. When I was thinking of going to Mexico I stumble upon some of your work from there, and just last weekend I wanted to share my photos from Peru in a blog but had no words to go with them and so felt really driven to share them with the very same Ansel quote (I haven’t yet because a little piece of me feels like I’m just being too lazy to gather the words). All this to say, I absolutely love and admire your work. You are definitely a marvelous creator and a role model I thoroughly enjoy having.

I was rather gutted to have missed your exhibition in Prague back in 2018, It has literally just closed for the day and we were departing the next day so the opportunity was lost, I actually posted an image of the closed Gallery on Instagram (I guess that was my story for the day) – glad to watch and learn from you here on WP. Scott

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