Hurry Up and Wait

I always loved running… it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.”
– Jesse Owens, Winner of four gold medals at the Olympic Games

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dune du Pilat, Pyla of Dune Sand, France

The five S’s of sports training are: Stamina, Speed, Strength, Skill and Spirit; but the greatest of these is Spirit.”
– Ken Doherty

Manila, Philippines
Easter Island, Chile

A horse can lend its rider the speed and strength he or she lacks, but the rider who is wise remembers
it is no more than a loan.”
– Pam Brown

Gubbio, Italy
Omo Valley, Ethiopia

With the catching ends the pleasure of the chase.”
– Abraham Lincoln


I ran and ran every day, and I acquired a sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never, give up, no matter what else happened.”
– Wilma Rudolph, Winner of three gold medals at the Olympic Games

Havana, Cuba

Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.”
– Khaled Hosseini,  A Thousand Splendid Suns

Lhasa, Tibet

Patience is the companion of wisdom.”
– St. Augustine

Umbria, Italy
Tokyo, Japan

A person who is a master of patience
is master of everything else.”
– George Savile


Endurance is patience concentrated.”
– Thomas Carlyle

Beijing, China

Come what may, all bad fortune
is to be conquered by endurance.”
– Virgil

My new book, In Search of Elsewhere, will be released this fall in five language editions. Click here to pre-order.

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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19 replies on “Hurry Up and Wait”

A precious series with iconic photographs from the master. Each one of the image in the series is classic. Awe-inspiring work Sir! ❤❤🙏🏻

Amazing body of work!! Be proud that you’ve captured all of our humanity around the world in such a beautiful, touching and inspiring way. To an aspiring late arrival to still photography, you are a real role model. Thanks for sharing. I can’t imagine how much work and patience it has taken.

I remember 45 years ago when I asked you to take our wedding photos…I told you at the time that someday you would be famous and I could say you took our wedding photos.
Awesome photos…love ya Steve. Seems like yesterday…time flys. Having fun yet. 😎

“A person who is a master of patience is master of everything else.” Such beautiful words, I struggle with lack of patience, but the path to get better at it must continue to be followed… with…. patience! 😉

thank you for another series of breathtakingly beautiful and profound photos – Ethiopia won my heart

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