Vanishing Asia

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Asia is changing rapidly. For 40 years I have been capturing the scenes of Asia that are disappearing. In some of the images which I took many years ago, what I captured is now gone. More recent images show pockets of Asia where some traditions remain. All these photos will be in the oversized book Vanishing Asia. — Kevin Kelly

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Balancing food offerings on their heads women in Ubud Bali walking in a procession to their local temple to dedicate and bless their homes food. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #bali #ubud

Balancing food offerings on their heads women in Ubud Bali walking in a procession to their local temple to dedicate and bless their homes food. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #bali #ubud

Shepherds gather firewood on a high pass near Balti region Pakistan near K2. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Pakistan

Shepherds gather firewood on a high pass near Balti region Pakistan near K2. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Pakistan

A wandering minstrel in Rajasthan India plays on a homemade 11-stringed instrument called a Ravanahatha sporting bells on his bow. He plays and sings for tips. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Rajasthan

A wandering minstrel in Rajasthan India plays on a homemade 11-stringed instrument called a Ravanahatha sporting bells on his bow. He plays and sings for tips. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Rajasthan

Tiny rice seedlings are planted by hand in a light rain near Takayama Japan. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Takayama #Japan #rice

Tiny rice seedlings are planted by hand in a light rain near Takayama Japan. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Takayama #Japan #rice

A barge hauling cargo along the river Ganges in the delta of Bangladesh needs both sails and oars to head upstream. The sail is sewn from recycled burlap bags. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Ganges #Bangladesh

A barge hauling cargo along the river Ganges in the delta of Bangladesh needs both sails and oars to head upstream. The sail is sewn from recycled burlap bags. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Ganges #Bangladesh

While he waits for a ride in a jeep in an earthen hut north of Chitral Pakistan a Balti man enjoys a cup of chai. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Chitral #Pakistan

While he waits for a ride in a jeep in an earthen hut north of Chitral Pakistan a Balti man enjoys a cup of chai. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Chitral #Pakistan

A young girl dressed in her tribes beads rests in a marketplace far from her distant village in northern Pakistan. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #pakistan

A young girl dressed in her tribes beads rests in a marketplace far from her distant village in northern Pakistan. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #pakistan

The central niche in the front mosque of Registan square in Samarkand Uzbekistan. For centuries this spot has been a major resting place along the Silk Road. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #silkroad #samarkand #uzbekistan

The central niche in the front mosque of Registan square in Samarkand Uzbekistan. For centuries this spot has been a major resting place along the Silk Road. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #silkroad #samarkand #uzbekistan

Electrified pedicabs carry tourists through the night streets of Malacca Malaysia. Each vehicle is decorated uniquely. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia

Electrified pedicabs carry tourists through the night streets of Malacca Malaysia. Each vehicle is decorated uniquely. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia

Water from a fountain in Sri Lanka rinses off the petals of a flower to be offered at a temple. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #srilanka

Water from a fountain in Sri Lanka rinses off the petals of a flower to be offered at a temple. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #srilanka

A crowd of worshippers in a Nashi Buddhist temple in Shaxi Yunnan China play percussion instruments during a ceremony to bless their village. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Shaxi #Yunnan #China

A crowd of worshippers in a Nashi Buddhist temple in Shaxi Yunnan China play percussion instruments during a ceremony to bless their village. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Shaxi #Yunnan #China

A Hmong farmer in the Golden Triangle area of Thailand enjoys some tobacco in the early morning before he goes out to his fields. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #hmong #Thailand

A Hmong farmer in the Golden Triangle area of Thailand enjoys some tobacco in the early morning before he goes out to his fields. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #hmong #Thailand

Four pilgrims visit the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai India. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #India #Meenakshi #Madurai

Four pilgrims visit the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai India. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #India #Meenakshi #Madurai

Dried fruit and nuts are sold in the market of Quetta Pakistan. Not merely snacks dried fruits and nuts are often served as a meal particularly breakfast. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #pakistan #quetta

Dried fruit and nuts are sold in the market of Quetta Pakistan. Not merely snacks dried fruits and nuts are often served as a meal particularly breakfast. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #pakistan #quetta

Steve McCurry Photos | Same Energy Steve Mccurry, Floating House, Fine Art Photography, Around The Worlds, Waves, Mansions, House Styles, Kashmir Pakistan, Antwerp Belgium
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Steve McCurry Photos | Same Energy

Steve McCurry Photos | Same Energy

A feast of kimchi and other Korean dishes is laid out on straw mats to celebrate the launch of a fishing boat in Busan Korea. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Korea #Busan

A feast of kimchi and other Korean dishes is laid out on straw mats to celebrate the launch of a fishing boat in Busan Korea. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Korea #Busan