A World of Prayer






On Prayer
… All I know is that prayer constructs a velvet bridge
And walking it we are aloft, as on a springboard,
Above landscapes the color of ripe gold
Transformed by a magic stopping of the sun.
– Czeslaw Milosz, Polish Author

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka


Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when,
whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
– Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

United States

United States


Peshawar, Pakistan

Peshawar, Pakistan


Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer.
– G. E. Lessing, German writer and philosopher

Amritsar, India

Amritsar, India





United States

United States

Listening is the beginning of prayer.
– Mother Teresa






Be not forgetful of prayer. Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere,
there will be new feeling and new meaning in it, which will give you fresh courage,
and you will understand that prayer is an education.
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov









…there is a God, there always has been. I see him here, in the eyes of the people in this [hospital] corridor of desperation.
This is the real house of God, this is where those who have lost God will find Him…
there is a God, there has to be, and now I will pray,
I will pray that He will forgive that I have neglected Him all of these years,
forgive that I have betrayed, lied, and sinned with impunity
only to turn to Him now in my hour of need. I pray that He is as merciful,
benevolent, and gracious as His book says He is.
– Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Kuchi Nomads Pray in Afghanistan

Kuchi Nomads Pray in Afghanistan




To be present is to be prayerful.
– Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh




Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Bamiyan, Afghanistan




Prayer is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings.
– Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople



Thousands of Muslims in Orange County, California,
came together to pray in Angels Stadium to observe Eid al-Adha,
a major Islamic
holiday celebrating the culmination of the annual pilgrimage, Hajj,
which brings
together millions of Muslims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
– 10/27/2012

101 Responses to “A World of Prayer”

  1. You don’t need a Mullah, Priest or Rabbi to communicate with the Omnipotent Creator. All you require is clean body, clean place and clear mind to pray and prostrate.
    Steve its been long time , do you still live in NYC . I live in Islamabad. To remind you we first met in Quetta 1980 I was working with Shell.

  2. Most awesome prayer photos – especially Peshawar, Kashmir, Afganistan (Kuchi Nomads & the Bamiyan – in the brick field) and the last one from India are unforgettable. The one from Bosnia must have a great story behind the photograph. You are becoming one for documentary what Ansel Adams is to Landscape! No wonder PIRELLI chose you to do the calender of 2013. May God give a long life!

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  4. Gapemotivo Says:

    Reblogged this on Le maschere rosse and commented:
    Ci sono momenti in cui cerchi il calore dell’alta esperienza. In questi momenti l’anima trova conforto e riparo.

  5. Stunning, amazing… and I’m wordless. Thank you.

  6. Exquisite work Steve. I’m jealous.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    enchanting…since morning i am looking

  8. Great stills
    Different religions, different rituals and methods but 1 goal, to be blessed and loved by the almighty God.

  9. A timely reminder of what really matters in life I think. Beautiful imagery.

  10. […] communication between East and West, I enjoy the latest photo series of Steve McCurry titled ‘A world of prayer’. A quick Google search on ‘art + intercultural exchange’ gives thousands of relevant hits, […]

  11. Thank you so much for sharing this. Really, really a lovely presentation of our shared divine nature.

  12. One word “Amazing…”:)

  13. I have no words. Thank you.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    Intelligent use of color as always in Mccury’s work.

  15. So moving. Beautiful pictures.

  16. Reblogged this on Max510's Blog and commented:
    Questo post di Steve McCurry è semplicemente meraviglioso… Splendide immagini che toccano l’anima.

  17. Wonderful… Simply wonderful.

  18. Eattravelphotograph Says:

    Reblogged this on Eat, travel, photograph and commented:
    The most stunning and poetic pictures of people praying that I have ever seen…

  19. These photo are wonderful – will there be a book? I hope so! Thanks for sharing and greetings from Pembrokeshire, West Wales

  20. Acep Abdullah Says:

    Beautiful… Stunning as allways…

  21. Anonymous Says:

    soooooo~~ impression!!!!!!

  22. Wow……..

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  25. Muy Bello!! Algunas imagenes me dejan sin aliento!

  26. E’ bello e consolante vedere come tutto il mondo e tutti gli uomini ‘PREGANO’ e ancor più consolante che Dio ascolta tutte le voci che a Lui salgono, specialmente le ‘voci’ che non si sentono perchè è solo dal cuore che parlano! grazie a chi ce le ha mostrate

  27. When a good heart combines with a good eye , the results are nothing shy of extraordinary. You are the best, Steve. Period !

  28. john ingamells Says:

    fantastic, beautiful and enlightening..thanks

  29. Anna Maria Says:

    I cannot find the words to express my feeling in looking your album, fills me with a feeling of love or God “no matter what”, because in time of need it’s to Him that we turn for help, and inspires me so much spirituality. This is everything’s else that gives your fantastic album. Thanks so much. I love… ~<3~

  30. yu inkol Says:


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  32. Beautiful photos

  33. kat jackson Says:

    may we take the gift of these prayers and images with which you have blessed us and continue to spread the joy and hope of their beauty in connection to others….always….thank you for your spirit filled and thoughful post steve…namaste.

  34. Servant of God, Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., once remarked: “A world at prayer is a world at peace.” Fine images, as always, Steve McCurry!

  35. Haunting pictures.

  36. […] communication between East and West, I enjoy the latest photo series of Steve McCurry titled ‘A world of prayer’.

  37. Fantastic

  38. en la foto del monje japones se puede ver la energia de sus manos cuando esta rezando.

  39. Remarkable images and quotes – thank you for posting!

  40. Marduk Serrano López Says:

    Really beautiful images! thanks for sharing these moments of truth and beauty in those religions along the world.

  41. Thank you Steve. The topics you choose are always distinct and have special relevance to modern times. They convey the message of peace and tranquility and human solidarity, which the modern man is badly in need of . God bless you to continue your journey on the path of propagating these sublime messages

  42. I was in a restaurant waiting for husband. I started to look at your blog on my phone. When I came to the picture of the prisoners touching the man from their cells, I burst into tears. I’m never that emotional. I guess something touched me deeply. Perhaps, I need more prayer to escape my own inner prison. But actually, I think it’s just that art has a way of sneaking into places of our soul, which have been untouched. Your art does that. And I thank you.

  43. Sanjiv Khamgaonkar Says:

    Very beautiful – a great canvas you’ve got here. Stunning. Touching. Well done:)

  44. these are powerful and beautiful photographs, in awe

  45. Reblogged this on The Lilac Around the World and commented:
    The images of this Artist are full of poetry, of a beauty beyond immagination…

  46. Steve, your photos are of such poetry that is impossible not to get emotional going through them; You must have an amazing soul. Have you travel in all this places recently, or is a collection from different travels in different times?

  47. Thank you so much for posting this. Such a beautiful thing.

  48. Dear Mr McCurry…
    Beautiful….Beautiful….I like how you catch not only the moment but the atmosphere as well… The light helps to maintain the privacy of the moment..Each person is just one with God… And we do not need any special`place for that, as the Kuchi Nomads show…Just a moment, a silence, a wish, a bow of our heads and an opening of our hearts…
    Waiting for your next post!

  49. Fabulous as always!

  50. Reblogged this on Mama Miyuki Easy Pantsy and commented:
    Belated Eid al Adha (for those who celebrate it), May this “World of Prayers’ by Steve McCurry’s Blog touch your heart, bring peace and heal your soul. XXX Mama Miyuki

  51. mandayamr Says:

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful captures Steve

  52. Marilee Pittman Says:

    Steve; Your photos move me like no other. Perhaps it’s because your eye is from the soul of all of us…

  53. Gratiela Says:

    So beautiful and tuching ! Thanks for what you given to us !

  54. Stunning photographs that truly touch the heart. Beautiful thought-provoking quotes. Thank you. Blessings from Lizzie Joy

  55. Reblogged this on Andy: Photographer, Traveller & Chef and commented:
    Calm beautiful serene

  56. Remarkable photos and message!

  57. Touches the heart. Thank you for sharing your vision of the world.

  58. I believe you are one of the best photographer on the world , and in history until now , i hope that you can continue your work successfully such as now and i should say that always i have been proud you .

  59. One of the most beautiful of your collections!

  60. Your photos touch me with great emotion. — barbara

  61. These images have touched me heart. Beautifully put together.

  62. This is pretty special.

  63. Very nice pictures Steve… Great work..Congrats..

  64. Anonymous Says:

    Beautiful as always..
    thanks always for making my day..

  65. Viewing your photos is like taking an intense, emotional journey. Amazing!

  66. This is absolutely sensational. Wow!



  68. God Bless You, guys.:)

  69. Frank M. Durham V Says:

    Your photographs are astonishing. They are so striking to me that I forward them to people or friends all over the world. Thank you for sharing them.

    Frank Durham

  70. Love knows no nationality, race or creed. God is one and all are God.

  71. Brought tears to my eyes.

  72. Christian Ubilla Says:

    Reblogged this on Café con Bonsai and commented:
    Uno de los mejores post que he visto de las fotografías de Steve McCurry… simplemente me dejó sin aliento!

  73. Deeply moving…beautiful. Thank you Steve.

  74. The first one from the US left me speechless.

  75. Reblogged this on onbeingmindful and commented:
    this is beautiful!

  76. Laura Carraro Says:

    Come sempre emozionantie piene di poesia. Grazie Steve

  77. soo beautiful

  78. you’ve captured very human and spiritual moments. Beautifully shot and some are very touching.

  79. Beautiful images…hopeful words….

  80. Sincere and true …we seek God everywhere from every tribe, nation, tongue and culture…ain’t it amazing?! we’re all human…we’re all the same!:)

  81. Bless you for sharing this.

  82. Connie Fisher Jensen Says:

    As always very thought provoking,, this is one of your most exquisite and sensitive pieces

  83. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

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