This Photographer Shows The Complex Relationship Between Humans And Animals (71 Pics)

From the moment humans first tamed animals about 10,000 years ago, animals have played a big role in people’s lives. Even though at first animals were used for meat, milk, and hides, as time passed, humans realized that they are not just food but living and breathing creatures. They began to see them as their friends who would accompany them while hunting, traveling or guarding their homes. However, there was always something special but complex in the relationship between humans and animals and one photographer dedicated his travels to show that.

Best known for his portrait of the “Afghan Girl” with the piercing green eyes published in 1985, Steve McCurry has been one of the biggest and most respected names in contemporary photography for more than forty years. The American photographer has built his career around his daring coverage of armed conflict, however, his other passion – animals – was less known to the public. With that in mind, a new book simply called “Steve McCurry. Animals” published by Taschen was born. The book skillfully explores the complex relationship with humans and the environment and tells a thousand stories from all over the world.

In this book, Steve McCurry presents his favorite shots of animals in a kaleidoscopic collection which he gathered from Asia to South America, the United States to Europe. He invites us to look through his lens and discover an appreciation for each living creature’s beauty and silent yet magnificent dignity. From a Muslim woman feeding thousands of doves, a teenage boy eating an ice lolly while a white albino rat sits on his shoulders, a man smoking a cigarette and reading a newspaper while his dog accompanies him, to elephants passing a lounge poolside while tourists enjoy their holidays, McCurry’s photos are captivating and definitely stands out of the crowd by perfectly tributing the creatures who share our planet.

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#1

Kathmandu, Nepal

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#2

Rome, Italy

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#3

Chiang Mai, Thailand

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#4

Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

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#5

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

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#6

Mongolia

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#7

Varanasi, India

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#8

Al Ahmadi, Kuwait

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#9

Magdeburg, Germany

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#10

Chiang Mai, Thailand

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#11

Ireland

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#12

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

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#13

Bombay, India

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#14

Australia

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#15

India

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#16

Long Island City, NY

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#17

Altai Region, Mongolia

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#18

Bentota, Sri Lanka

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#19

India

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India

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#21

Tonle Sap, Cambodia

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#22

Kham Litang, Tibet

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#23

Thailand

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#24

Afghanistan

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#25

Mexico

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#26

Jaipur, India

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#27

Vietnam

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#28

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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#29

Mandalay, Myanmar

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#30

Tibet

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#31

India

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#32

Near Samyr, Tibet

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#33

Chaco, Paraguay

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#34

India

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#36

Paraguay

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#37

Al Ahmadi, Kuwait

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#38

Los Angeles, California

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#39

Chennai, India

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#40

France

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#41

Morocco

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#42

Wadi Rum, Jordan

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#43

India

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#44

Afganistan

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#45

Lombari, Brazil

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#46

Ecuador

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#47

India

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#48

Burma

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#49

Sri Lanka

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#50

Rig-Rig, Chad

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#52

Sri Lanka

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#53

Afghanistan

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#54

Afganistan

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#55

Sri Lanka

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#56

India

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#57

India

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#58

Burma

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#59

Afganistan

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#60

Myanmar

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#61

India

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#62

Nepal

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#63

India

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#64

Uzbekistan

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#65

Burma

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#66

Cambodia

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#67

Angkor Wat,Cambodia

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#68

India

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#69

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

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#70

Sri Lanka

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#71

Kuwait City, Kuwait

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