Life is a Rhythm Machine

Italy, 2011

“Life is about rhythm. We vibrate, our hearts are pumping blood, we are a rhythm machine, that’s what we are.”
– Mickey Hart

Morocco, 1988
New York, USA, 2016
Madagascar, 2019

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”
– Plato

Bhutan, 2018
Turkey, 2013
Colombia, 2004

“Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.”
– Bruce Barton

Italy, 2012
Italy, 2012

“When all the world appears to be in a tumult, and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change, the seasons retain their essential rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then, winter, will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of spring.”
– Madeleine M. Kunin

Italy, 2013
USA, 2013
Cuba, 2018
Ecuador, 2019

“One of the things that distinguishes poetry from ordinary speech is that in a very few number of words, poetry captures some kind of deep feeling, and rhythm is the way to get there. Rhythm is the way the poetry carries itself.”
– Edward Hirsch

Kashmir, 1998
Los Angeles, USA

“I see only one requirement you have to have to be a director or any kind of artist: rhythm. Rhythm, for me, is everything. Without rhythm, there’s no music. Without rhythm, there’s no cinema. Without rhythm, there’s no architecture.”
– Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Mexico, 2018

“Rhythm is a gathering. The precise composition of McCurry’s pictures brings out how a scene of rhythm–of music, of dance–so often attracts people (and animals, and spirits) to gather on the periphery, to watch, to laugh, to join in singing, dancing, tapping feet.”
– Joseph Albernaz, Ph.D.

We invite you to check out Steve’s current and upcoming exhibitions:

The Eyes of Humanity
November 19 – March 27, 2022
Vienne, Austria

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November 27 – May 1, 2022
Torino, Italy

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Le Monde De Steve McCurry
December 9 – May 29, 2022
Paris, France

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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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12 replies on “Life is a Rhythm Machine”

These, as per usual, are wonderful. Where would mankind be without music and art? They are embedded so deeply in our souls. I love all music, but I have a particular fondness for street musicians, they are often so talented and just, “playing for change.”

I REALLY enjoyed these pics! I wrote a comment but it must have erased! But your pics were so good I had to make sure you were aware so I’m writing another comment ha! Especially loved the trumpet player from USA and the accordion player from Mexico. Awesome shots

I always enjoy finding your posts here on WP. I love the feeling and stories of your pictures, I especially love the trumpet player from US and the accordion player from Mexico. Those really resonated with me. I enjoyed that special X factor from each of those pics 🙂

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”
– Plato
You capture it beautifully Mr. McCurry, without music, without art, what would life really be worth? It is so deeply embedded in the soul or man.

So true. We may not be able to understand another’s language, but we can always understand the music which can be so fulfilling.

I can feel the rhythm of life in these masterpieces. Each and every work of this series is so rhythmic, special and precious. Life seems to be so beautiful after seeing these priceless works. ❤️🙏🏼✨

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