Sidewalk Stories

“You could start at a path leading nowhere more
fantastic than from your own
front steps to the sidewalk, and from there you could go… well, anywhere at all.”
– Stephen King

Kabul, Afghanistan
Havana, Cuba

The first sidewalks made their appearance around
2000 BCE in what is now Turkey, 
and there is evidence that both the ancient Greeks and Romans incorporated roadside pedestrian footpaths in their cities.
– Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris

Paris, France
Cape Town, South Africa

The sidewalk as an integral feature of urban life
can be attributed largely to the career of

Georges-Eugene Haussmann,
the man behind the massive rebuilding of Paris in the 1850’s and 1860’s.
– Divya Subramanian

Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA
Umbria, Italy
La Esperanza, Colombia
Myanmar, Burma
Havana, Cuba

“A sidewalk must have users on it fairly continuously …
Large numbers of people entertain themselves, off and on,
by watching street activity.”  
–  Jane Jacobs

New York City, New York, USA
Bangkok, Thailand

“The screech and mechanical uproar of the
big city turns the citified head,  fills citified ears –

as the song of birds, wind in the trees, animal cries,
or as the voices and songs of his loved ones once filled his heart.
He is sidewalk-happy.”
–  Frank Lloyd Wright

Hong Kong

The sidewalks were long where I grew up.
They were as veined as the backs
Of my Grandma’s hands…
– Colleen J. McElroy


Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.
–  Shel Silverstein

Kabul, Afghanistan

The ballet of the good city sidewalk never repeats itself
from place to place,
and in any one place is always replete with improvisations.
– Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities


Please take a look at this virtual walk-through of
my new exhibition at Polka Galerie
 in Paris

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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15 replies on “Sidewalk Stories”

Me these are always astonishing ..
The photos are as movies,books…
Incredible shots..
Especially Middel East …..

These are wonderful vignettes of life taken from around the world. Thank you Steve McCurry.

I love the way you see the people and the World Steve and as a hobby photographer I can so much learn from your Pictures. Thanks for sharing!

Türkiyede çekmiş olduğunuz fotoğraf var mı. Ara Güler’in arkadaşı mıydınız?

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