Refugee Camp, Peshawar, Pakistan

While every refugee’s story is different and their anguish personal,
they all share a common thread of uncommon courage:
the courage not only to survive,
but to persevere and rebuild their shattered lives.
– Antonio Guterres

Afghan refugee, Pakistan

I know how men in exile feed on dreams.
– Aeschylus

Refugee camp, Thailand

Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.
― Carlos Fuentes

Kabul, Afghanistan


God dances with the outcast.
– Steven James


The majority of Americans, who are comparatively well-off,
have developed an ability to have enclaves of people living in the greatest
misery almost without noticing them.
– Gunnar Myrdal  


Gypsy Boy, Marseille, France

Gypsy Family, India

The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.
Dwight D. Eisenhower


War’s toll is etched on the faces at a shelter for the mentally ill in Kabul.

Prison, Pul-e-Khumri


Seek Love …
In the darkness of night and the winter’s snow,
In the naked and outcast, seek Love there!
– William Blake


California, USA

In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast.
Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that
without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis.
– Quentin Crisp



 Being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.
–  Mother Teresa




The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer


On members of the faithful:
They receive the wretched.  They take strangers into their houses. 
They comfort the sad.  They lend to the needy.  They clothe the naked.
They share their bread with the hungry.  They do not turn their face from the poor.
  This is the kind of brotherhood we teach.
Menno Simons (1496 – 1561) Founder of the Mennonites

Hazara man, Afghanistan

Hazaras have long been seen as outsiders in Afghan society,
routinely subject to discrimination, and set apart by both their features and their Shiite religion,
in a land where the majority practice the Sunni faith.

Hazara girl, Afghanistan

96 Responses to “Outsiders”

  1. […] Ο Steve McCurry, στο blog του, δημιούργησε μία έκθεση φωτογραφιών ανθρώπων που ζούνε στο περιθώριο από το Πακιστάν έως την Γαλλία και την Αμερική.  Αξίζει να ρίξετε μια ματιά εδώ. […]

  2. Reblogged this on My photography and commented:
    One of my absolute inspiriations!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Work of love. Thank you all for caring.

  4. […]   The heartbeat of a pilgrim in “Sail Away.“  The struggle of pain and poverty in “The Outsiders”  Whether or not you’re a photography buff, his work is brilliant and well worth a look-see. Steve […]

  5. tbenedeen Says:

    really touching

  6. yoly - pilipinas Says:

    STEVE, marami pong salamat! nakakaantig …nakakaiyak (thank you very much! moving…makes one cry…).

  7. d3qceinerjoli1984 Says:

    Reblogged this on Elizabeth Ampudia Pages.

  8. Rosaline Madray Says:

    These photos ripped the life out of me, what a powerful and motivating capture of humanity, excellent portrayal of life.

  9. Allexia Says:

    great post!

  10. I thank you for your beautiful pictures, and for the quotes you added. True, love is all that binds us together as a community. Without it, people are lost and blind.

  11. kangbin yim Says:

    Good photographs..

  12. Ranjit vazhapilly Says:

    Beautiful work..

  13. swati Says:


  14. A picture is worth a thousand words, good images are worth several lifetimes of them.

  15. deeply moving and you did a great job to make the people aware of what they should do, and what really could bad luck mean

  16. […] Steve McCurry’s post, Outsiders. Here is a nice […]

  17. That Bonhoeffer quote gets me every time…

  18. Thank you or helping me to see glimpses into their worlds through your caring eyes and loving heart.


  19. SMITHA Says:

    Touching Steve!

  20. Touched my heart! “Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.
    ― Carlos Fuentes”
    what an awesome lines are these!

  21. Wonderful as always with you !

  22. A drop of water……Pain ……sorrow……poverty………..

  23. Reblogged this on Oxford School of Photography and commented:
    You all know how much we love the work of the great Steve, so no apologies for sharing these sad pictures

  24. Sad and beautiful in one breath.
    Only you can do that. Compliments!
    kind regards, Corina

  25. Jeannie Soupidis Hill Says:

    Your empathy shown in your wonderful photos and your choice of quote to accompany each one makes you my favorite photographer of all time. You are truly blessed.

  26. You add a dimension to photographs yet to be navigated by many. God bless.

  27. wendy Says:

    Thank you for showing us what we need to see

  28. Amazed with the sheer quality of work.. eye opener to many..

  29. Petra Collins Says:

    My heart weeps for all the pain you have seen that we cause each other in this world.
    Beautiful Images.

  30. nice share…:-)

  31. Monika Earner Says:

    What amazing photos of real life, thank you for sharing them.

  32. Kishore Joshi Says:


  33. […] Ho visitato il blog di Steve McCurry, considerato uno dei pù grandi fotografi al mondo. Il titolo è Outsiders e il link è https://stevemccurry.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/outsiders/. […]

  34. Beautifully framed and composed.

  35. Moving images and quotes … brings life into perspective. Thank you for sharing these.

  36. Amazing collections as usual !

  37. leolima Says:

    Thank you!!

  38. These are great images and I love the quotes!! So sad we live in a world with lots of hate and loneliness.

  39. thank you for making me a better person.

  40. Poverty undressed!

  41. Beautiful, moving photographs!

  42. Your work brings awareness, compassion, to a forgotten world, that most just put out of their minds and walk on by.

  43. Ouf! These images…

  44. janet o'donnell Says:

    thought provoking, which is hard to do now that we have become so desensitized to peoples suffering around us.

  45. maryam Says:

    greatest photographs……………

  46. lilia Says:

    …and now I’m thinking and crying. Terrible what your eyes have seen.

    • janet o'donnell Says:

      until now i’ve never thought about what it must feel like for the person behind the camera…

  47. Once more, thanks Steve…

  48. I will not forget these photos, and these people, for a while.

  49. Ioanna T.T Says:

    wonderful moments of real life! congratulations!!!!

  50. Reblogged this on Small Circle Big Circle and commented:
    With infinite gratitude for Steve McCurry’s work

  51. …..with infinite gratitude for your work ….

  52. Sajid Aboobaker Says:

    As usual great photographs portraying the sorrows of life. Congrats Steve.

  53. Anonymous Says:

    Out standing work Steve. http://www.andyscaysbrook.com

  54. Steve: As a hazara girl and a refugee, I can’t tell you how much these pictures touched my heart.

  55. Steve, brilliant, compassionate, complex as always. Thank you. A fan.

  56. Laura Carraro Says:

    Così tristi, così vive, così meravigliose

  57. Subhodh Says:

    Hard Hitting!!

  58. Good afternoon, Mr McCurry…Your pics from Afghanistan are absolutelly wonderful!!!! I think it is great you can still, after so many hours, days, years, countries, histories…be able to go deep inside the inner history of the people…I think it is great you can personalize horror and misery and dreams in their eyes, remembering us there are persons behind the titles of the magazines, or even behind their silence….
    I love the portreit of the Old Afghan, with all his dignity…
    Thanks a lot again!

  59. Jane Yost Says:

    Beautiful, Steve, you have such a way with people, or with the right moment. You’ve captured their desolation so eloquently. Such sadness everywhere.

    I’d love to know more about the shot of the beggar lady in Kabul with the shadows on the wall. It’s an amazing shot!

  60. […] Γαλλία και την Αμερική.  Αξίζει να ρίξετε μια ματιά εδώ! πηγή : http://www.facebook.com/MagnumPhotos Share Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it […]

  61. Every time I scroll through one of your essays I’m always put in touch with our shared humanity. Extraordinarily moving. Thank you. Ken

  62. Thank you so much for being out there in the global mix! I just discovered your blog and I appreciate it so much. Last night I googled Afganistan because I wanted to see some pics of Pastun Warriors and this is where I ended up. The quotes are wonderful. I’m a new fan, I’m signed in and I look forward to traveling with you. I like the way you juxopose images to tell the truth without being cynical. Like a good Haiku poem. Thanks again!

  63. This storyline rocks. One from the heart.

  64. always inspires to watch your photographs.
    it’s proven by you that truth can also make beautiful images

  65. so real, respect what u r doing so much!

  66. touched by these shots

  67. Your pictures are like paintings. Congratulations.

  68. Tent Cities are cropping up all over the U.S. How about doing a side-by-side picture of a Tent City in Bangledesh so that Americans can see what’s happening now. Send it to a U.S. magazine that you know will take your pictures. Middle Class America is disappear here … but most Middle and upper-middle Class are in denial about this Poverty is now very common in the U.S. and growing rapidly now.

  69. Hermosas, aunque muy duras, fotografías. Felicitaciones Steve desde Ecuador, sigo con mucha admiración tu obra. Un abrazo.

  70. Steve … your work is wonderfully poignant! Your feeling of life and love is 4th Dimentional! Thank You.

    You’ve managed to drop me down from my Head … into my Heart. Yeah for you!

  71. Beautifully captured images of often sad and traumatic lives. I once heard it said of Salgados images that they were too beautiful to invoke compassion.

  72. hector castro Says:

    Como siempre una fotografia del instante .. un ojo inquieto y previlegiado

  73. Anonymous Says:

    il riferimento numero 1 nella FOTOGRAFIA

  74. Beyond words, again.

  75. Mary Aggelou Says:

    What can I say,IHave no words,only a million congratulations!!!!You are perfect Steve,bravo!!!!!!!!!!!

  76. Mr. Mc Curry, you are my favorite photographer because in all your portraits and street-life pictures you are able to express the feelings of people, simply through their eyes. Thank you very much because with your pictures you show me the World.
    You are my mentor and I hope in future to become a good photographer like you.

    Erica from Italy

  77. Nilanjan Chowdhury Says:

    This is YOU . I can see your empathy towards people through your photographs . I, Thank You.

  78. Muito triste a situaçao de viver exilado,na rua, em seu proprio pais ( ou em qualquer pais) , aqui no Brazil a situaçao é muito grave com relaçao a isso, nas grandes cidades .
    Uma dura realidade.
    Poucos tem muito e muitos tem muito pouco

  79. Anonymous Says:

    Hauntingly beautiful photos.

  80. Annie Says:

    Powerful photographs and words! Very moving

  81. Anonymous Says:

    Both powerful photographs and words! Great!

  82. […] "CRITEO-300×250", 300, 250); 1 meneos Espectacular colección de fotos del afamado fotógrafo Steve McCurry stevemccurry.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/outsiders/  por arenanegra hace […]

  83. I cannot adequately express how grateful I am for your photographs. They ask me to really SEE people in their unvarnished circumstances.

  84. Congratulations Steve!

    I love your work, recently I’ve been twice in the exhibition now in Girona (Spain) and I was amazed. I especially love the visual impact your search, congratulations again.

  85. Sad, sad situations of life, but like always what a stuning shots.

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