Animal magnetism: Steve McCurry’s menagerie – in pictures

The legendary US photographer’s favourite shots of creatures and how they interact with humans feature in Animals, his latest book.

A mahout and his elephant at a sanctuary, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2010

Mahouts dedicate their lives to caring for a specific elephant.Animals is published this month by Taschen
Photograph: Steve McCurry

A teenage boy with an albino rat, Chennai, India, 1996

Photograph: Steve McCurry

A young nomad with his goat, Litang, Tibet, 2001

I photographed this nomad boy and his family’s goat near Litang, a major centre of Tibetan culture. With an elevation of nearly 4,000 metres (13,000 ft) it has a subarctic climate characterised by long, cold winters, and short summers. These goats produce fine cashmere wool highly prized for clothing and textiles.
Photograph: Steve McCurry

Snow monkey in Jigokudani Yaen-koen park, Yamanouchi, Japan, 2018

Photograph: Steve McCurry

A man reads a newspaper with a dog. Rome, Italy, 1994

Photograph: Steve McCurry

Monk and Cat, Aranyaprathet, Thailand, 1998

I photographed this novice monk studying Buddhist writings in the late afternoon at a monastery in Aranyaprathet, near the Thai border with Cambodia. I watched the changing light as the monks went about both the mundane and sacred duties of their day. With the simple use of wood and fabric, of shades of saffron from mustard gold to deep orange, their environment was serene.
Photograph: Steve McCurry

A girl from the Kara tribe holds a rooster, Dus Village, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Photograph: Steve McCurry

A boy rests against a cow, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2013

Cows have been designated the national animal in Nepal. They roam freely, and are considered sacred by the 80% of Nepalis who are Hindu.
Photograph: Steve McCurry

Tourists lounge poolside as an elephant passes, Bentota, Sri Lanka, 1995

Photograph: Steve McCurry

A shepherd walks with a herd of sheep near Magdeburg in the former German Democratic Republic, 1989

Photograph: Steve McCurry

By Steve McCurry

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