Water is the driving force of all nature.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Clean water, the essence of life and a birthright for everyone,
must become available to all people now.
– Jean-Michel Cousteau
Water, like religion and ideology, has the power to move millions of people. Since the very birth of human civilization, people have moved to settle close to it. People move when there is too little of it. People move when there is too much of it. People journey down it. People write, sing and dance about it. People fight over it. And all people, everywhere and every day, need it.
– Mikhail Gorbachev
Water is life’s matter and matrix, mother and medium.
There is no life without water.
– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.
– Loren Eiseley
Water is the soul of the Earth.
– W. H. Auden
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
– Thomas Fuller
To understand water is to understand the cosmos,
the marvels of nature, and life itself.
– Masaru Emoto
Water is being depleted many, many times faster
than nature can replenish it.
– Maude Barlow
Steve’s current and upcoming exhibitions:
Steve McCurry: In Search of Elsewhere opens March 4, 2021
at Polka Galerie in Paris, France.
Wabi Sabi: Beauty in Imperfection opens March 1, 2021
at the Musée Barbier-Mueller in Genéve, Switzerland.
Icons currently on display at
Palazzo Sarcinelli in Conegliano, Italy.
Please take a look at other activities at Steve McCurry Studios
17 replies on “Our Thirsty Planet”
How wonderful these pictures are. I particularly like the feeling of movement they give, either the water running or moving in the bucket. or people taking steps while carrying water. it just gives that feeling that water keeps us alive, keeps us moving.
And how easy so many of us have it. All we have to do is turn on the faucet. Water is life. Extraordinary visual story of how vital water is and that scarcity of it.
I’m without words, sincerely. This gallery of photos are wonderful. I love your photos and I ‘ll kove for ever.
With love Alessandra
WOW! So amazing & so true. Totally unbelievable how the children can carry such loads, one must admire them. Thank you Steve for your enlightening images.
Acqua , vita e morte dell’uomo, acqua che inonda la terra, acqua che asseta la terra,
Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
“Clean water, the essence of life and a birthright for everyone,
must become available to all people now. ” – Jean-Michel Cousteau.
Amazing post , Thank You
A wake-up call….
[…] Our Thirsty Planet […]
[…] to photographer, Steve McCurry’s photography posts. Today’s post titled, “Our Thirsty Planet” reminded me once again how truly blessed we are to have clean hot and cold running water at […]
Water is life and this important and powerful series shows how people struggle, kids waste childhood to collect water as they lack source of clean drinking water near their home. We should take lesson and value the privileges we have. Hope someday the struggle of people around the world to get basic amneties will end. Your work is so important for this world Sir! 🙏🏻❤
It’s almost unfathomable in this day and age that so many should be without ready access to the basic human need of clean water. Your magnificent photos speak the truth, as always. Thank you!
Having just experienced no indoor running water for a mere two days has made me aware of how privileged I am. And, most importantly how very important clean water is to survive. Today I received the newest blog by Steve McCurry and what do you know! His topic was about water! I have been made more keenly mindful of the poor in the world and their plight for clean water. And for me, the absolute privilege of not only having clean water but indoor running water! I am so grateful! I’m praying for those whom have been born into life situations as the “have nots.” Hopefully, God will be gracious to me in remembering them often in my prayers. These pictures and the people and countries they represent are a gift of testimony crying out to the world and a test to the privileged.
The sad part is we here in America with our abundance of water tend to waste much of it. As campers we tend to be more conservative of water. When home and taking a shower I wet down and shut the water off while I lather up then turn it back on. We all need to wake up before it’s too late.
Thank you for this beautiful visualization of what it takes to have water all over the world! I am curious about the years the photos were taken …
What mafnificent photos from all over the world So perfectly captured. and equally beautiful quotes. How we take water for granted in the western world
Thank you Stevebhai
I’m sincerely without words. This gallery of photos are wonderful one more of the other. I love your photos and I’ ll love for ever.