It Takes Two

 Here are some pictures of couples all over
the world who have a relationship that is
evident in their gestures of caring, their body
language, their eyes.



If we are a metaphor of the universe,
the human couple is the metaphor par excellence,
the point of intersection of all forces and the seed of all forms.
The couple is time recaptured, the return to the time before time.
– Octavio Paz, Mexico, Nobel Laureate in Literature


Havana, Cuba



A4487718, THAILAND-10041NF, Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, Thailand


Venice, Italy

What is essential is invisible to the eye.
 – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Rome, Italy

Grow old along with me.
The best is yet to be, the last of life,
for which the first was made.
Our times are in his hand who saith,
A whole I planned, youth shows but half;
Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!
– Robert Browning





New York City


Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan

Life has taught us that love does not
consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward
together in the same direction.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,
Wind, Sand, and Stars


Tagong, Tibet

Take away love and our earth is a tomb.
– Robert Browning


Gostivar, Macedonia



Agra, India

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of. 
– Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670



To love someone deeply gives you strength.
Being loved by someone  deeply gives you courage.
– Lao-Tzu


Sanaa, Yemen



Dublin, Ireland



Belgrade, Serbia

One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life.
That word is love.
– Sophocles


Rome, Italy



Istanbul, Turkey





Rome, Italy

The couple is time recaptured, the return to the time before time.
– Octavio Paz, Mexico, Nobel Laureate in Literature

332 Responses to “It Takes Two”

  1. What a fabulous post!

  2. Reblogged this on Tintedvisionimages and commented:
    Real Life around our Mother Earth!

  3. Reblogged this on GurlTalkTvShow and commented:
    I love how its brought out that we can recognize physical compassion no matter the country or the culture. Beautiful! Will definitely be looking out for your work😉

  4. Loved ur post…. a beautiful piece of work :)

  5. Reblogged this on ShakespearInLove❤ and commented:
    Beautiful post….. must see

  6. Wonderful collection!!

  7. Jess Carey Says:

    These photos are stunning, they really are so beautiful… I’ve been looking back over them for 5 minutes or so, and I can’t look away : )

  8. Incredible! Thank you for sharing this with the world.:)

  9. thisnordicspirit Says:

    Reblogged this on anxious wanderer.

  10. Nice post and photos!

  11. ramachandranramasamy Says:

    Reblogged this on ramaramanramasamy.

  12. ramachandranramasamy Says:

    Tremendous collection on care ,affection,and love !!!

  13. […] Steve Mc Curry’s blog post – It Takes Two – is a stunning photographic […]

  14. In one word – FANTASTIC

  15. True love is eternal!:)


  16. lecollins0314 Says:


  17. Great photo’s and text

  18. You just cannot help but smile. So simple, yet so deep.

  19. Reblogged this on Nepali Today and commented:
    Great Collection!

  20. Love this!

  21. These are so beautiful!

  22. added a real smile to my face….your pictures were so lively…loved it

  23. Tender love and care doesn’t lie- you can see it in a facial expression, a touch or how someones speaks to another person. You displayed beautiful photos of what love, care and a good relationship looks like.

  24. jimfowler57 Says:

    cOOL PHOTOS and great idea–I liked the couple from brazil best!

  25. A Novel Challenge Says:


  26. Wow! Such a beautiful collection of images!

  27. lifelifedeathdeath Says:

    I love this.

  28. Reblogged this on sedation.

  29. Beautiful! Only am artist can grasp true emotion

  30. Reblogged this on Jennifer Lynn Smith and commented:
    Love these pictures of couples!

  31. I especially love the older couple. It is so breathtakingly beautiful seeing a love that lasts years.

  32. Reblogged this on For the Archives and commented:
    Saturday morning, and I’m enjoying the creative efforts of others in the WordPress realm. Steve McCurry’s photographic collection of couples from around the world is Freshly Pressed and reminding me of the power of two.
    It’s hard to say which shot is my favorite, but the French photo of the couple with “Alliance” on the wall touched me deeply.
    Which one speaks to you?

  33. So many incredible shots, I find it hard to believe one person with a camera – just in that instant – could be privy to so many poignant moments. How fortunate! Thank you for sharing…

  34. yosniel818 Says:

    Beautiful collection!

  35. Love love love this post! My favourite in a long time.

  36. machineheadmedia Says:

    Reblogged this on The Machinehead Chronicles.

  37. I loved this. Would love to see a follow up on mixed couples. Would make for a very interesting piece. You would be able to explore many dichotomies as it pertains to maintaining a loving bond during times of duress & rejection of the unknown.

  38. Reblogged this on A New Footprint and commented:
    There’s no ‘one’ way to love. There’s no ‘right’ way to love.
    Let it unravel the way it’s supposed to, and savour the moment.

  39. Reblogged this on A Frog in the Fjord and commented:
    Great photographies of couples around the world. My favorite is the Irish couple😉

  40. elliott001 Says:

    Absolutely stunning photos. They really show the variety of dynamics within human romantic relationships.

    Visit New Gen Journo for unbiased opinions on everything

  41. Reblogged this on The Purple Hibiscus and commented:

  42. Reblogged this on Cupcake. and commented:
    Interesting snapshots of couples from around the world. Our culture so strongly influences how we interact with our significant others. It’s refreshing to see how other countries do couples, and how different they might be from what’s “normal” in our society.

  43. Our culture sheds interesting light on the interactions of couples. PDA is a thing, but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded that affection can be displayed in ways that aren’t degrading or possessive, and instead simply loving. Drink in this clarity.

  44. Gorgeous photos and quotes!

  45. Reblogged this on That_Random_Wallflower and commented:
    A stunning example of love around the world.

  46. Rolling With The Punches Says:

    Beautiful, heart warming post. Congrats on being freshly pressed!

  47. Absolutely beautiful❤

  48. Reblogged this on The Non-News-Worthy Muslimah and commented:
    This is absolutely beautiful❤

  49. Beautiful theme, beautiful words and for me the most inspiring was the incredible photography…

  50. Such a superb collection of images expressing love, warmth, and a closeness all human beings yearn for. The quotes supporting your images are spot on as well. Love them all. Thank you for sharing your beautiful collection with us all. And congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.

  51. Reblogged this on Caravanserai 230 and commented:
    Beautiful images of people who love each other.

  52. Great snaps. Very inspiring. Love every single one:)

  53. coltonisdope Says:

    I adore this post! Photographs have a wonderful way of warming our hearts by capturing moments that are sometimes go unnoticed. Thank you for your brilliant work!

  54. Très belles photos, beaucoup de tendresse

  55. I enjoyed this, thanks!

  56. Some surprising, some sexy, but all outstanding pieces of understanding life and love. Thank you for reaffirming faith.

  57. Very inspiring images. I envy you =)

  58. 4lejandra Says:

    Reblogged this on Alejandra en pijama..

  59. Each photo tells a story, these are beautiful

  60. lydiamarouf Says:

    Lovely images!

  61. Nice images. Ian x

  62. Reblogged this on lulubellaloveslife and commented: ❤

  63. Reblogged this on Schools 4 Cools and commented:
    A very great and inspiring photo essay! Love works all over the world. For a hundred couple, there are a hundred ways of expressing love..

  64. beautiful photos.:-)

  65. fotokatze Says:

    Fantastic pictures! Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed them a lot!

  66. lovingnatalie24 Says:


  67. What a lovely post.:)

  68. This is truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing these images and those quotes. Your post has brought both inspiration and a smile to me today:)

  69. Reblogged this on Before 30 and commented:
    It Takes Two

  70. absolutely beautiful!

  71. teatopics Says:

    It’s amazing how warm and happy you feel when appreciating other people’s love. Beautiful and poignant photos.

  72. This is truly beautiful collection. So many warm emotions captured:)

  73. I love it!!!!

  74. Reblogged this on ajafo71.

  75. What a beautiful, stunning collection. Thank you for sharing!!!

  76. Reblogged this on Paradisiac State and commented:
    How I love this.

  77. Reblogged this on Wonder Train and commented:
    Beautiful moments that speak louder than words….

  78. Beautiful…it’s seriously one of the best things I have come across in the longest time

  79. Wonderful photos (Ireland’s hilarious in comparison!) that prove pictures are worth a thousand words.

  80. Breathtaking. Realistic. Beautiful moments captured!

  81. all pics are amazing… instills the craving for your loved one to be by your side!! Outstanding work!

  82. wickedcraftymama Says:

    Brilliant selections

  83. Such beautiful photographs. You really captured the emotion of the moment

  84. I love your pictures!

  85. Thank you for the beautiful post.

  86. Love this .. what’s interesting about these sort of photos is that a moment in time gives us a perspective.. but we’ll never know what came before or after

  87. Reblogged this on ForeverFiguringItOut and commented:
    I love this post.. altohugh a picture can only show a moment in time.. what’s interesting is what we think comes before or after..

  88. Just reblogged..

  89. Just fantastic! Loved all of these…

  90. Beautifull! Nothing is stronger than love

  91. priceless, from each part of the globe

  92. Reblogged this on hannibal7x and commented:

  93. What an epic story!

  94. Heartwarming! Goes to show everyday can be Valentine’s day.😉 Amazing photographs

  95. Reblogged this on BEAUTIFUL DAYS and commented:
    Stevemccurryy’s blog caught my eyes recently. I know him the day he published his famous portrait of an Afghanistan girl, you remember

  96. Love is in the air, Love is in the heart. To show love is everywhere, it would have been more impressive if you capture animals expressing their love.

  97. The macedonian couple really squeezed my heart, the tenderness (real or projected) of all a life is there
    The afghani one made me dream and smile

  98. Amazing photography!!!

  99. Reblogged this on The little Johnshaus and commented:
    Love is all around! Amazing pics of Steve

  100. It’s really magic collection… different people, cultures, lenguages, kinds of relationships… one simply word – tousands of people and combinations… and if we take o foto day after probably we would find the same people but the diffrent connection between them…

  101. […] It Takes Two | Steve McCurry’s Blog. […]

  102. Uganda picture: Proves what a relationship can be…

  103. This was Fabulous! !

  104. Reblogged this on Just Hugging Trees and commented:
    Love is not just an emotion but a feeling of peace with another.

  105. Loved this. Wonderful project, great shots and incredible selection of quotes (I especially enjoy Antoine de Saint-Exupéry).

    Bravo! : )

  106. I’m really impressed… all this great pictures show how many faces have relationships and how diffrent and magic meaning can have this one word… doesn’t exist one simply definition of life, love and being a couple… but the best things in our life are usually not easy and obvious…

  107. ambersaromatherapy Says:


  108. Love it – the combination of the pictures and the quotations.

  109. Awesome pictures! The essence of love is well captured!


  110. Reblogged this on if it crosses my mind and commented:
    I loved this

  111. Gigil Photography Says:

    Reblogged this on Gigil Photography and commented:
    Not mine, but to beautiful not to share!

  112. This is stunning, and so unique. It gave me a different perspective and the photos are so honest. Great work!:)

  113. A beautiful gathering of couple pictures. So simple. In the moments caught here you can almost imagine there’s no worry, not useless fighting.

  114. Reblogged this on A Second Time Around and commented:
    So beautiful..

  115. These are beautifully captured scenes and beautifully captured people’s relationships.

  116. Brilliant idea, brilliant images, brilliant words – and a quite brilliant post.

    I don’t check ‘Freshly Pressed’ often, but I am glad I did today and found this.

  117. Loved all the snaps..amazing!

  118. great selection and pictures. I loved it

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  120. This is amazing! Such beautiful shots!

  121. These are so tender and genuine. Beautiful.

  122. Great collection! I personally like the one taken in Uganda. That picture seems to have a very deep meaning.

    Thanks for posting!

  123. Glad this was freshly pressed. It was fantastic to revisit this. Even better the second time around.

  124. Reblogged this on Elizabeth's Life and commented:
    Quite beautiful!

  125. Reblogged this on Living Time and commented:
    This is beautiful.

  126. damian1baran Says:


  127. Two thumbs up. Love the collection

  128. It’s really quite beautiful. I’ve always had a completely different take on body language until I came across these photos

  129. Reblogged this on Divergences .

  130. What a beautiful and inspiring post! Thank you for making my Valentines Day even better, and I hope you enjoyed yours as well.

  131. These are amazing! I laughed at the Irish coupled passed out presumably drunk, lol.

  132. Reblogged this on forgottenmeadows and commented:
    Thought these were some great captures in Steve McCurry’s Blog, have a look…

  133. Yogapolis studio jogi i świadomości ciała Anny Wegrzynowskiej Says:

    beautiful, moving and so romantic:) thank you

  134. Reblogged this on Bear and commented:
    What is a world without love?

  135. Found your blog via WordPress Next. Come visit mine at thanks!

  136. wonderfull collection. You should try to expose them.

  137. giftynkem Says:


  138. giftynkem Says:

    Reblogged this on giftynkem.

  139. Reblogged this on Traces of the Soul and commented:
    Ah this is so beautiful…I’m filling my chi with beauty today.

  140. michaelcboxall Says:

    Wonderful. This collection must be drawn from many years’ work.

  141. Beautiful collection of pictures indeed. #LoveRevolution

  142. Amazing collection of photos! Elderly couples are always my favourite.

  143. Reblogged this on Wahine Wednesdays and commented:
    I was compelled to reblog this. This has nothing to do with surfing but something far more significant… connection, love, and adoration for another. The reason we are put on this planet. I hope these beautiful photos stir something in you as they did in me.

  144. Reblogged this on RillyRoos – The Whole RillyNess and commented:
    Beautiful captures of the human relationships.

  145. Lovely! Thank you for sharing!

  146. Really enjoyed this

  147. Beautiful photographs!

  148. This is one of the most beautiful posts I have seen in a long time. I loved it!

  149. Simply Outstanding!

  150. International love!! Very nice flicks

  151. Your pictures are priceless. The one from Uganda brought tears to my eyes.

  152. These photos speak voulmes. Thanks for sharing your work with us.

  153. Phew! Remarkable — as always.

  154. treiter89 Says:

    Beautiful post! I just love how these photographs promote humanity and love. Thanks a lot for this.

  155. These are such amazing photographs! Great work. It was really great.

  156. Lovely collection.

  157. Lovely

  158. Reblogged this on Retiring Hippie Travelers and commented:
    Beautiful pictures, it perfectly captures what life is all about.

  159. peaceofmind Says:

    Reblogged this on generalprincipal.

  160. Amazing shots! Very impressive! Thanks!:)

  161. Very nice and touching story sir! I am always inspired by your work!

  162. Reblogged this on Tag Your Price and commented:
    This is amazing!

  163. Amazingly captured! Aweslme collection-great job

  164. Reblogged this on fjcristobalc and commented:
    Very nice

  165. Reblogged this on Archaic Sugar and commented:

  166. Breathtaking photographs. Loved these, love the emotion you can literally feel off of them…

  167. Reblogged this on jpratt27 and commented:
    Great & inspired work.

  168. very well work done…keep going…i liked it…its a nice…as am a new blogger in this world and i wrote just 1 blog ( and unable to find my viewer (38 viewers in 2 days) like you, can u please help me by reading my 1st blog what wrong with my writing…is really something wrong with my writing or am just expecting too early…your helpful suggestions will really inspire me…

  169. Reblogged this on HX Report and commented:
    ‘Couples’ shots from a real photographer!

  170. Beautiful! The photos were overwhelming.

  171. An absolute treasure. A precious one.

  172. That was really cool! Thanks for sharing.

  173. beautiful and inspiring … great job

  174. typicalzo Says:

    Reblogged this on Beginnings and commented:
    this is beautiful!

  175. Reblogged this on Dropping-Keys.Net and commented:

  176. Really enjoyed your post, the pics from around the world, each one capturing a couple in a special moment, not necessarily romantic but always connected in a special way. The quotes also added to the ambiance. Well done and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  177. Reblogged this on Before it flickers away and commented:
    Post-Valentines Day reblog.

  178. Reblogged this on girlandguydatingmen and commented:

  179. Reblogged this on blogggggwithme and commented:
    To Love someone deeply gives us strength, to be loved deeply by someone gives us courage

  180. fantastic post… we should all aspire to follow in France’s footsteps!

  181. Different, beautiful and moving

  182. removingstitches Says:

    This is beautiful

  183. I love that the pictures don’t only show relationships, but also illustrate the country they were taken at; I guessed about half of them correctly. That’s what makes these pictures so good – they talk without needing words.

  184. at least these shows us, that no matter where on earth, we are all the same; we are human.

  185. Denise [But First, Live!] Says:

    aw absolutely loved this!! such powerful photos.
    Thanks for sharing! Happy Valentine’s Day =)

  186. The Camodia image is so surreal. The black dog beneath the white horse just to name one part … Wow!

  187. Lovely photo collection!! These are stunning.

  188. Reblogged this on Stay Positive and commented:
    Happy Valentine’s day

  189. Reblogged this on choose happiness and commented:
    Happy Valentines Day. Lovely Pictures of Couples from around the world.

  190. Stephanie Alexis Says:

    Reblogged this on Stephanie Alexis Photography and commented:
    A wonderful collection of photos and quotes fitting for a day like today. Happy Valentine’s Day❤

  191. Reblogged this on temitayoogunniyi's Blog and commented:
    the essence of all things

  192. Reblogged this on PIX Me! Photography and commented:
    The photo from Uganda is very touching…

  193. jasmineelow Says:

    Reblogged this on .

  194. Just beautiful. Thanks, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

  195. sofiafsantos Says:

    loved it (: congrats

  196. Beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing.

  197. You’ve defined emotions so beautifully with your pictures….loved them…my favourite – the Mauritiana, the first two Rome, Italy; Istanbul, at the hospital, the old couple walking by in France…actually all…loved it…
    am so happy you got freshly pressed, congratulations

  198. This is so moving! Lovely. Congrats of being FP’ed.

  199. Reblogged this on UNLIMITED and commented:
    IT TAKES TWO: il grande fotografo Steve Mc Curry interpreta l’idea di coppia attraverso queste immagini scattate in giro per il mondo.

  200. […] Here are some pictures of couples all over the world who have a relationship that is evident in their gestures of caring, their body language, their eyes. If we are a metaphor of the universe, the…  […]

  201. A picture speaks a thousand words! Really enjoyable – thank you. Here is the blog that I have written for Valentines Day…enjoy!

  202. […] traveled the world, capturing stories in photos along the way. His gorgeous photo essay of couples, It Takes Two, explores relationships “evident in their gestures of caring, their body language, their […]

  203. […] traveled the world, capturing stories in photos along the way. His gorgeous photo essay of couples, It Takes Two, explores relationships “evident in their gestures of caring, their body language, their […]

  204. […] traveled the world, capturing stories in photos along the way. His gorgeous photo essay of couples, It Takes Two, explores relationships “evident in their gestures of caring, their body language, their […]

  205. […] traveled the world, capturing stories in photos along the way. His gorgeous photo essay of couples, It Takes Two, explores relationships “evident in their gestures of caring, their body language, their […]

  206. This is really great reading. It’s full of useful information that’s easily understood and highly readable. I enjoy reading quality articles this well-written. Thank you.

  207. Interesting set of pictures … loved the treatment.

  208. kishore joshi Says:


  209. Lovely collections you touch my heart dear.

  210. very nice images and welldone my dear

  211. A very inspiring collection of images! Thanks!

  212. what an example for the amateur photographer I am😉

  213. Paul Park Says:

    Great captures!

  214. A stunning selection once again.

  215. c’est vraiment beau, de voir l’amour qu’exprime ces foto. bravo

  216. Meltem Ciftci Says:

    I love the way you combine the pictures and the sayings. So wonderful combination of inner and outer eyes )) Thanks for sharing .

  217. Loved this!

  218. Reblogged this on The Urge To Wander and commented:

  219. Beautiful as always! Reblogging on theurgetowander.

  220. Lovely photos:) F.

  221. New York, Tibet, Macedonia and the one on the scooter in Italy… my favorites!
    However the NY couple and the Uganda couple touched me in particular. The NY couple seem also to have much angst and conflicting emotions. Okay, NY my favorite!

  222. You have >800,000 photos,right?
    Please take care of them well.

  223. You have more than 800,000 photos, right?
    Please take care of them well.

  224. Raghu Joghee Says:

    great Images

  225. I like the light transmitted in each photo, often a light of hope!

  226. Reblogged this on Camera Works and commented:
    Is Steve McCurry the best photographer of all time?? I think it has to be up for debate.

  227. Jana Rains Says:

    Thank you so very much! As usual, your blog is my favorite read–for the combination of gorgeous photos–but also the perfect quotes. Thank you.

  228. Beautiful photographs

  229. Nice project,Steve!

  230. Oh my goodness! I love these. Some of these had me wondering how you interact with people when you are a few feet from them taking their picture? Just beautiful, Steve!

  231. Hosein Mohseni Says:

    Hi.dear Steve ,
    I’ m from Iran and i ‘ll hope see any photo of my country’s lovers.
    you can find here pretty thing…
    thank you.

  232. Hermosas fotografías, realmente es un placer verlas!

  233. Amazing and wonderful shots, Steve–all of them, though I think the Uganda picture moved me most.

  234. This is beautiful, and warm and lovely and just so well done! Bravo! =]

  235. Phenomenal photographs and wonderful quotes!:)

  236. J’adore, comme d’habitude

  237. If you haven’t seen it, I do hope you’ll enjoy this musical tribute to Mr. McCurry’s wonderful photography. It was approved for public airing by his studio. Thank you.

  238. fantastic theme and an awesome collection

  239. Truly brilliant. Love is a great thing. So is your photography, Steve.

  240. as usual, very nice clicks

  241. So wonderful. Cheers.

  242. Great collection! Well Done!

  243. Hi:)

    What wordpress plugin do you use for the subscriptions on this site ?:)

  244. A stunning selection!

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