Family Love: Oil, Cement, Music

“In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.” – Eva Burrows


INDIA-10913Mizoram, India

TIBET-10719Kham, Tibet

“All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
– Leo Tolstoy

PERU-10005NFYanesha, Peru

PERU-10006Yanesha, Peru

“Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future. We make discoveries about ourselves.” -Gail Lumet Buckley

PAKISTAN-10023Northern Pakistan

HONDURAS-10008NFLa Fortuna, Honduras

YUGOSLAVIA-10052 Croatia


CAMBODIA-10317 Angkor Wat, Cambodia

AFGHN-12776 Bamiyan, Afghanistan

USA-10121NFLos Angeles, California

USA-10283Los Angeles, California

“There’s no vocabulary for love within a family, love that’s lived in but not looked at, love within the light of which all else is seen, the love within which all other love finds speech. This love is silent.” – T. S. Eliot


TIBET-10067NF4 Tibet

“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh

36 Responses to “Family Love: Oil, Cement, Music”

  1. Reblogged this on Edoardo Gobattoni photographer and commented:
    Congratulation for your gallery of wonderful pictures !!!

  2. Many Thanks, beautiful picture collection found ever.

  3. It’s a while ago since i’ve enjoyed watching this kind of inspiring work. I’m truly looking forward to more. May the spirit be with you. Steen

  4. this is why you are so talented you see the beauty in people, i think this is something that is very much transcended in your pictures, you can almost see the people from within through your pictures.
    Thank you for giving this to us.

  5. Just Simply Beautiful

  6. deeply moved by your photographs.

  7. nice and lovley web site. i like it

  8. Jeff Silber Says:

    Steve is the master of the moment…………….

  9. Says:

    Just Simply Beautiful (:

  10. A wonderful collection of images. I was struck by the truth of that Tolstoy quote, and Thich Nhat Hanh is such a wonderful writer, too.

  11. I feel grateful that you put photos on this site that you can’t see anywhere else. The shot of the light coming into the room in north Afghanistan struck me and I found myself stopping to look at everything in the photo. It reminds me another one of your photos of a man praying in the light of small window in a temple.

  12. Cambodia is sad……it brought tears….man without a leg and little girl bare- footed. You have captured them for that moment in time. I wonder how their life is afterwards….are they suffering ? Is anyone helping them ? Will their lives be better ?

  13. Your work is allows been a great attraction to me ! Another great cerise !

  14. […] one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.- Leo Tolstoy. Check this beautiful Family Love: Oil, Cement, Music gallery. – Great collection from this year National Geographic's Photography Contest […]

  15. Dear sr.Steve am Brazilian and a photography lover and I follow his work for many years, unfortunately when you were here in Brazil I could not attend his workshop, I learned a lot over that time with your work.
    best regards and thanks for your teachings
    Ler foneticamente
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  16. Dear Steve,

    I like “Kham, Tibet” photograph and noticed that there is a fourth person in the composition:) . also like “Northern Pakistan” for its lights …

    There will be some story behind “Yanesha, Peru” photograph.

    “Cambodia” is touching …

    Thanks for sharing another amazing collection…


  17. Denisa Pop Says:

    I just wanted you to know that your work is apreciated in Romania too.

  18. Fantastic!!! A universal expression of family love. Absolutely beautiful!!!!

  19. What a wonderful post! These quotes are so true.

  20. Maria Raposo Penim Says:

    I have followed your magnificent work and I can only thank you for bringing us up to the faces of humanity, even if they are the faces of people living in conflict situations of war. This is the world we live. Thank you Steve for sharing with us. God bless you.

  21. Josh Bergeron Says:

    All I can say Mr. McCurry is that you are an amazing inspiration, I wish there exist more photographers like you! Thank you.

  22. kyleamorgan Says:

    amazing pictures and all wonderfully tied together

  23. Very nice linking between these photos. Very easy to understand and feel inside. Congratulations Maestro.
    Did you spent some time in Croatia? There is a great family moment in that photo.
    Thank you for sharing

  24. Very impressive photos, thank you, Steve!

  25. Extraordinary portrets of families! They are telling us very interesting life stories. Thank you for sharing your impressions with us!

  26. The elements in every picture are just correct, seems to be well thought and well framed! Excellent images Steve!


    Jos Runarka

  27. omg, very touching and beautiful pictures.. the picture of Kham, Tibet and Northern Pakistan are my favorite, i love it beyond words……. thank you, Steve..

  28. awesome work
    greetings from Colombia

  29. AWESOME work

    greetings from colombia

  30. wonderful pictures. i like the last pic from Tibet

  31. Peg Byron Says:

    No sugar coating, just caring and passion in these photos. Thanks Steve!

  32. Images like these open up our souls and hearts, then increase our awareness of our connectedness. thank you.

  33. I am 100% in accord with the two previous comments. Thank you so much for this most moving post.

  34. The northern pakistan picture is simply out of this world.

  35. Wonderful wonderful.. you leave us speechless as ever

  36. Absolutely beautiful images and quotes. I especially love the one by Thich Nhat Hanh

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