Family and Friends



You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you,
but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach,
because you do not just live in a world.
A world lives in you.

– Frederick Buechner






Words are easy, like the wind;
Faithful friends are hard to find.
– William Shakespeare






A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
– George Bernard Shaw



Nor need we power or splendor, wide hall or lordly dome;
the good, the true, the tender- these form the wealth of home.
– Sarah J. Hale (1788- 1879)


Baluchistan, Pakistan




Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
-Mencius, Chinese philosopher, 4th cent. BCE


Karelia, Russia

An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship.
– Spanish Proverb



There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home
that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating
virtues of human, are created, strengthened and maintained.
–  Winston Churchill



What can you do to promote world peace?
Go home and love your family.
– Mother Teresa




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There is only one good-looking child in the world, and every mother has it.
– Chinese Proverb



The two things we can give our children are roots which firmly anchor them,
and wings which allow them to become independent.



There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends.
I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.
 – Jane Austen

FRANCE-10126, France, 1989

Paris, France

A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly,
takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.
– William Penn








New York, United States




Interview with Scott Schuman for the Sartorialist blog:



95 Responses to “Family and Friends”

  1. Ahmad Says:

    I have no words to describe … incredible photographs.

  2. sachin Says:


  3. Reblogged this on eBaroroh and commented:
    family never END

  4. animamcbrown Says:


  5. Perhaps simplest thing to capture but absolutely brilliantly done. Compositions do full justice to the subject.

  6. great picture gallery! Of happiness, love and emotion of family

  7. Unas fotografías muy hermosas y emotivas.:)

  8. So peaceful pictures..thank you.

  9. Je suis fan! C’est le type de photo que j’affectionne.
    Merci de nous les présenter

  10. Sayantan Mondal Says:

    Beautiful; and a great learning experience, as always.

  11. Nothing to add except – thank you.

  12. Grazie….sono stupende!!!

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  14. My heart and eye delights…that’s all but that the eyes–that gesture the eye makes, and the mouth…they tell me even more. How fortunate you are in your travels to witness, to be allowed to witness these intimacies..and we too, fortunate for your sharing them..

  15. Absolutely Beautiful Photographs.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    Sempre Grande il nostro Steve !!!! complimenti

  17. Anonymous Says:

    Live and love. Simply amazing!

  18. Ilsemarie Eggers Says:

    I love your Photos, looking forward to the Exibition in Wolfsburg.

  19. Thank you for your heartfelt imagery – Proves the point that we are all the same in humanity caring for our loved ones-

  20. These are amazing. Each one of them tells a story. A story of life!

  21. i always waiting your posts, Mr. Steve😉

  22. Wow you photos inspire me every time I see them!

    Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

    Take care,


  23. catstache Says:


  24. You have such a gift. Your pictures must reflect your love and respect for humanity. You capture it’s essence so well. Thank you for sharing your art.

  25. thank you for these pictures,
    ti is the facts .. the human live

  26. Anonymous Says:

    thank you for these pictures , I’ve ever seen before
    it is the facts .. the human live

  27. Fantastic set as always. Thank You for sharing.

  28. Fantastic work – I love the way you seem to be able to step into the lives of others’ and ‘get the real shot’!

  29. Once again, glorious photos and captions! . . . Both intriguing and inspiring!

  30. Always fantastic photos Steve ! Thank you for sharing !

  31. Reblogged this on mymotionpicture and commented:
    If there is a way to promote World peace, go back and love your family.
    – Mother Teresa.
    The pictures in this album depict some of the unseen yet so candid emotions of human beings in various parts of this wretched planet. We prefer calling it the world. But isn’t it a hypothesis after all???

  32. hi steve…saw your film about the last roll of kodachrome…when shooting film, what film type do you use now when it comes to color slide fim?

  33. Absolutely wonderful post!

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  36. greenairpins Says:

    Your pictures are seriously captivating!!:) Great stories!

  37. Truly inspiring, excellence at its best!

  38. Family can be heaven or hell on earth. These photos are uplifting and point towards the possibility of heavenly joy right here and now. Hearttouching portraits as always.

  39. Anonymous Says:

    not only the pictures but also the quotes ….leaves me awestuck…thank you…n keep it up…god bless

    • I guess this must be from Buechner’s book “Coming Home”. I have always loved his gentle, thoughtful and compassionate writing.

  40. Anonymous Says:

    amazing works..

  41. Your posts are preserved as a treasure to go through them time and again and refresh and sooth my mind. What a man like me can offer you is my sincere prayers.

  42. Thank you for your magnificent work. You are extraordinary…thank you again.

  43. Once again, your photos are inspiring. Stunning! Thank you for sharing them with the world!

  44. Heartfelt, touching photos. I love this quote and feel it is so true: “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”
    – George Bernard Shaw

    • lynnchong Says:

      My favorite too, since my personal childhood supports the idea. Each of my parents worked at that for us, because their own was not the case.

  45. Susan Reich Says:

    Always spectacular. Such a special treat in my inbox. Love the stories, colors, framing and emotion in these shots. Thank you for sharing.
    Susan R.

  46. Wow, Steve! Just wow. . .

  47. Speechless…

  48. Reblogged this on X O R N A L E I R A and commented:
    fotografías estupendas:como siempre

  49. Amazing photography. Wow. Just wow.

  50. Una serie incredibilemente bella di immagini!

  51. Peter Forrest, M.D. Says:

    You create a mood with your eye via the camera to uplift the Human Spirit.

    Namaste, Peter

  52. faizahazeem Says:

    These moments you capture, inspire me. Thank you.

  53. tia mirck Says:

    What an absolutely wonderful series!! Thank you so much!
    Regards, Tia.

    Sent from my iPad

  54. Reblogged this on giolic and commented:
    Ci sono momenti di
    sofferenza o tristezza
    o giornate come
    pugnalate al cuore.
    Quando hai questi
    momenti, prova
    a bussare alla
    porta del mio cuore.
    La mia vita e il mio cuore
    sono sempre aperti
    per te.
    Queste orecchie
    possono ascoltare
    qualsiasi cosa in ogni
    Anche questi occhi hanno
    accumulato tante lacrime
    per piangere con te.
    Quando sei gioioso
    non c’è bisogno di
    parlare, io lo capisco
    vedendo il tuo viso.
    Invece quando senti
    tristezza, solitudine
    o voglia di allontanarti,
    parla con me di tutte
    queste cose.
    Io carico sulle mie spalle
    la metà del peso della
    tua sofferenza.
    Andiamo avanti insieme.
    Questa è la nostra strada
    fino a quanto continuerà
    la nostra amicizia.

    Daisaku Ikeda

    • Grazie per il tuo reblog e per la bellissima frase di Ikeda.
      Buona notte.

      • Grazie a te Eli. Non mi ero accorta che compariva qui il commento. Grazie A Steve per la sua sensibilità innata e per la voglia di condividere che trasmette.
        buona giornata

  55. The beauty of love and friendship all over the world… gorgeous photos.

  56. Anonymous Says:

    The colors are fantastic…but the expressions caught in these photos…there aren’t adequate adjectives for me to express how profound the images are. As always, amazing work!!

  57. Anonymous Says:

    Great pictures and great day for me today…..finally I got my 2013 Pirelli calendar! Fantastic!!

  58. Congratulations … You’re m’y bestest Photographer … Fred French Photographer

  59. Great photos, fantastic subject matter.

  60. great series!!

  61. Steve your world amaze me. Congratulations as always

  62. Reblogged this on Gooseyanne's Blog and commented:
    Just take a little while to travel the world …

  63. Anonymous Says:

    Fantastic photos, fantastic subject…. It gives hope that people can live in harmony someday… Thank you…

  64. Tú si que eres parte de nuestra familia, Steve.
    You are part of our family, Steve.

  65. The photos are beautiful,thank you.

  66. Connie Jensen Says:

    thank you so much!!

    LOVE the one from Italy, the two women making lace/crochet … and the one from Pakistan, ( man with gun )– this has Steve’s inimitable stamp all over it, that CHILD in the background !

    best regards Connie Fisher Jensen NY city and Vermont USA

  67. wow! these photos are more than sublime! these are.. unreal almost

  68. Your photos are sublime, Sir.

  69. one more time, awesome!

  70. As always so much life in its glory captured by Steve… I can not look at these pictures enough. Thanks for sharing

  71. Marvellous!! Makes me dream about new travels and new photos!

  72. Caro Sr Steve
    estive recentemente em Marrakech- Morocco e confesso que em cada foto que fiz procurei me inspirar nas suas ,
    a anos acompanho seu trabalho
    abraço do Brazil

  73. Mohammad Ali Salim Says:

    Where light touches life Steve McCurry’s lens revels the intimacy of life.

  74. This is fantastic. You photos really have the ability to change someone’s frame of mind. They remind me of times with my family and make me feel good.

  75. Not only do you have amazing pictures but every time I see your blog the quotes are always fitting. They inspire, bring a smile and sometimes a tear in remembrance.

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