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Steve McCurry  Steve McCurry: A Life in Pictures, by Bonnie McCurry, is available now in Europe and in North America on November 20th.

A dog sits in front of a painted Cuban Santería charm. Legend says its purpose is to ward off the evil eye and gossiping enemies. #Havana, #Cuba, 2014.

Street dentist, #Jammu, #Kashmir, 1998.

A pilgrim prays beside the Ber Baba Buddha tree, under which one of the most venerated gurus of Sikhism would sit and meditate. The Golden Temple is in the background. #Amritsar, #India, 1996.

Women planting rice crops as monsoon rains move in, #Bago, #Myanmar, 1995.

Child plays on a marble Buddha statue. It has laid there for years unfinished as it was too heavy to deliver to the purchaser. #Mandalay, #Myanmar, 2013.

School teacher, #Mandalay, #Myanmar, 1994.

Two Padaung women in the local market near #Loikaw, #Myanmar wear heavy stacks of brass neck rings. According to legend, they are to fend off tiger attacks. Added one at a time from childhood, the rings do not stretch the neck as commonly believed, but push down the collarbones and ribs. This practice is quickly dying out.

I photographed this young man with thanaka on his face in Bagan, Myanmar in 2014. Thanaka is a paste made from tree bark, and while often used as decoration, it also provides protection from sunburn. It is commonly applied in patterns and designs.

Astrologer waiting for clients at Maha Muni Temple, #Mandalay, #Myanmar, 2013.

Tonle Sap Lake, near #AngkorWat, #Cambodia, 1996. Sleeping with snakes, birds, monkeys, and an alligator, is a matter of course for this family. Living on a houseboat, the family offers their menagerie as an opportunity for travelers - to observe while they sell soft drinks to earn a little income for the family.

#Tanzania, 2012.

A policeman stands guard as elephants cross the road at an elephant orphanage, #SriLanka, 1995.

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