Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. 1996. - Steve McCurry Print – Magnum Photos

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Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. 1996. At the heart of the old city of Jodhpur is the medieval quarter. The area is made up of a network of passageways, where the walls are all painted blue. There McCurry happened upon these three workers taking a break from their labours. Three men wait on blue steps.

"It is a hot afternoon in the Old Quarter, the Brahman section of Jodhpur. Three city workmen wait for their afternoon tea, delivered each day by a street vendor. McCurry discovers these wonderful juxtapositions of colour, shapes and planes during his 'wanderings', long walks during which he focuses attention on the here and now, being fully open to what each moment brings. Here, the red jumps out of the blue as if in an abstract painting, yet remains centered within the lives of these three men, patiently awaiting their tea." - Phaidon 55

On the edge of the Thar Desert is Jodhpur, once the capital of a princely state. Its medieval quarter, surrounded by a ten-kilometer wall, is a maze of alleyways, often only wide enough for a man or a cow to pass. There are no cars or motorcycles, only vendors hawking their wares on foot. The old city is blue. Local guides say that the blue wash of the houses originally indicated the homes of the upper-caste Brahmins, custodians of holy places and the written word. Others contradict this, saying buildings used to be painted white, before the discovery that copper sulfate added to the white-lime-wash- turning it blue- deterred nesting termites. It caught on. Varieties of blue, from royal blue to aquamarine, form the backdrop for a theatre of colour played out its streets, defying the parched orange of the surrounding desert. McCurry, Steve. (2000). South SouthEast. London: Phaidon Press Limited., 139

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"What is important to my work is the individual picture. I photograph stories on assignment, and of course they have to be put together coherently. But what matters most is that each picture stands on its own, with its own place and feeling" - Steve McCurry


Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. 1996. At the heart of the old city of Jodhpur is the medieval quarter. The area is made up of a network of passageways, where the walls are all painted blue. There McCurry happened upon these three workers taking a break from their labours. Three men wait on blue steps.

"It is a hot afternoon in the Old Quarter, the Brahman section of Jodhpur. Three city workmen wait for their afternoon tea, delivered each day by a street vendor. McCurry discovers these wonderful juxtapositions of colour, shapes and planes during his 'wanderings', long walks during which he focuses attention on the here and now, being fully open to what each moment brings. Here, the red jumps out of the blue as if in an abstract painting, yet remains centered within the lives of these three men, patiently awaiting their tea." - Phaidon 55

On the edge of the Thar Desert is Jodhpur, once the capital of a princely state. Its medieval quarter, surrounded by a ten-kilometer wall, is a maze of alleyways, often only wide enough for a man or a cow to pass. There are no cars or motorcycles, only vendors hawking their wares on foot. The old city is blue. Local guides say that the blue wash of the houses originally indicated the homes of the upper-caste Brahmins, custodians of holy places and the written word. Others contradict this, saying buildings used to be painted white, before the discovery that copper sulfate added to the white-lime-wash- turning it blue- deterred nesting termites. It caught on. Varieties of blue, from royal blue to aquamarine, form the backdrop for a theatre of colour played out its streets, defying the parched orange of the surrounding desert. McCurry, Steve. (2000). South SouthEast. London: Phaidon Press Limited., 139

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LONDON & NEW YORK
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T: +44 20 7490 1771

PARIS
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T: +33 1 53 42 50 44

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We advise on a delivery period of up to 3 weeks for your print. If you would like your print sooner, please contact your local print sales representative for stock information. Collectors prints will be listed at retail value for shipping purposes and customs duties on import are at your cost and not included in your Magnum purchase.