Eloquence of the Eye

The soul has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye.
– Charlotte Bronte


Sanaa, Yemen

The eyes have one language everywhere.
– Proverb





Peshawar, Pakistan

The eye is the jewel of the body.
– Henry David Thoreau


Peshawar, Pakistan

Almost nothing need be said when you have eyes.
 – Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian Poet


Omo Valley, Ethiopia

The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me;
my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.
– Meister Eckhart,  1259 – 1327


Girl in Kandahar orphanage, Afghanistan

These eyes tell the stories of children around the world.
They speak of war, deprivation, and loss.


Rajasthan, India



Umbria, Italy

From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive:
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academes,
That show, contain and nourish all the world.
 William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost


Rajasthan, India

The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


Rajasthan, India

There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.
– G. K. Chesterton


Lhasa, Tibet



Nuristan Province, Afghanistan

The eyes speak of things we dare not say.

Boy covered in red powder participates in the Festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, marking the birthday of the elephant headed deity Lord Ganesh, son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, and one of Hinduism's most popular deities. Praying to Ganesh during the festival is




Bagan, Burma







The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
-Henri Bergson



The eyes are the most powerful social signalers that we have and hence are
sometimes called the windows of the soul.
– Glen Wilson



The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 – 43 BCE


Srinagar, Kashmir

Eyes are more accurate witnesses than ears.
– Heraclitus of Ephesus, 535 – c. 475 BCE


Yangon, Burma



United States



Lourdes, France

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to
look through each other’s eyes for an instant?
– Henry David Thoreau



Eyes have their own universal language, and no
interpreter is needed.


Afghan refugee in Baluchistan, Pakistan




The eyes can do a thousand things that fingers can not.
– Persian Proverb



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151 Responses to “Eloquence of the Eye”

  1. Indeed, eyes have tremendous power.

  2. […] Hoy McCurry tiene un blog donde agrupa sus icónicas fotografías en categorías. “La elocuencia del ojo” es una de esa colección, en la que incluye muchos otros retratos que ha tomado en todo el mundo.  […]

  3. […] Award-winning photojournalist Steve McCurry posts photos, grouped by theme, at his blog. For a collection of amazing photographs of eyes, interspersed with quotations and comments, got to his post from last July, “Eloquence of the Eye.” […]

  4. […] A travers sa série de photographies intitulée “Eloquence of the Eye“, Steve McCurry a sélectionné des dizaines de portraits d’hommes, de femmes et d’enfants parmi les plus expressifs à travers lesquels il nous invite à découvrir cette langue universelle que représente le regard qui ne connait pas les frontières si ce n’est celle de notre âme. Pour découvrir l’ensemble des photos “Eloquence of the Eye”, rendez-vous sur le blog de Steve McCurry, ici. […]

  5. […] Steve McCurry – Eloquence of the Eye. Photography by Steve McCurry. […]

  6. Very, very powerful pictures. If I had a favorite button here, this would go right into it. Wow!

  7. Great portrait !

  8. I’ve set a link to you in my article at
    some further comments there to your work …

  9. […] a great gallery of eyes, titled the “ELOQUENCE of the eye” – enjoy 27 photos at https://stevemccurry.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/eloquence-of-the-eye/! Then I remembered, that several very talented and successful photographers at flickr.com also sent […]

  10. L’ha ribloggato su Ilariae ha commentato:
    Life through the eyes…

  11. Touching photos!

  12. beautiful photos. some of them very touching. inspirational.

  13. […] Steve McCurry gehört für mich zu meinen Lieblingsphotographen, den ich hier schon öfters erwähnt habe. Mir haben es seine beiden letzten Bildserien sehr angetan. An diesen Bildern kann man sich fest sehen. Gift of Grandparents und  Eloquence of the Eye […]

  14. Very powerful pictures!

  15. Into one’s soul, a door opens threw our eyes
    No words need be said, our hearts are there
    So easy to see the sorrow that can’t be denied
    Windows that shows the hopelessness and despair
    Also the joy and kindness are opened to see
    The goodness of your own being laid out
    Everyone’s hope or what we want to be
    They show the true you or what we are about

  16. casagan Says:

    Amazing portraits.

  17. AJAY K SHAH Says:


  18. Absolutely gorgeous work. When I can take photos like these, that are not just pretty but actually move your very soul, I know I will have arrived.

  19. Tania Themmen Says:

    Here is the photographer I love.

  20. Anonymous Says:

    Awesome post. thanks!

  21. Amazing – as always.

  22. Reblogged this on no step too loose and commented:
    very captivating and fabulous photography. Truly the eyes are the door way to our souls…

  23. I loved the phrase ‘there is a road that goes from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect’. It is a very beautiful thought.I love all the photographs,thank you for posting them.

  24. I enjoyed it very much! Amazing work.

  25. Captivating……When we see with a singe eye,
    We are told biblically that we shall see God .until then… “We see but do not see.”
    Your photography and quotes speak volumnes without speaking a word.

  26. Pål Smørvik Says:

    Absolute amazing portraits (and all the other photos). I am speechless with admiration for a photographer that gets the message across so clearly. Steve McCurry is a model and teacher for every photographer.
    With respect: Thank you for what you are showing us.

  27. Ksenija Maricic Says:

    Eyes are the mirror of the soul.

  28. Anonymous Says:

    you take my breath away.

  29. Reblogged this on Vishal's Photolog and commented:
    Eloquence of the Eye by Steve Mccurry..!! superb portraits.

  30. Reblogged this on Robert Ziemba Chicago and commented:
    What do these eyes say to you ?

  31. Wow!…. so many emotions that can only be seen through the eyes…. incredibly beautiful..

  32. Incredible. Your photography blows me away. I go to other blogs to be inspired. Your blog, I visit to simply be amazed.

  33. animamcbrown Says:

    The eyes hide little, if not nothing at all. If only we would spend a bit more time really seeing beyond just what we look at.

  34. […] Eloquence of the Eye the latest series on the blog of photojournalist Steve McCurry his portraits and images peppered with beautiful quotes  have long been a source of beauty to my eye so this series resonates……always inspiring thank-you Steve the world through your eyes is a better place! […]

  35. A very beautiful revelation of the Spirit within us.

  36. Reblogged this on На дороге… and commented:
    Eyes are amazing. The Afgan girl and I have similar coloured eyes.

  37. What a brilliant and stunning collection of portrait photos.
    A fantastic inspiration for all of us!

  38. Reblogged this on MECASOENSORIA and commented:
    Los he visto mejores. No más expresivos, ojo. Ni más grandes.

  39. Your portraits are genius. Thank you for sharing them publicly.

  40. Reblogged this on Bellissima and commented:
    So many beautiful images on Steve McCurry’s Eloquence of the Eye.

  41. Stunning and mesmerizing

  42. Love love love x

  43. The eyes is the photo subject that fascinates me all my life… They tell everything about the person. Every thing! You got an amazing set here, Steve.

  44. As alway, the photos are mesmerizing. Thank you.

  45. Reblogged this on sustainAble thinking and commented:
    “The eyes are the window to the soul”

  46. Reblogged this on Ideas_R_Bulletproof and commented:
    these superb photos by Steve McCurry show how important eyes are in portraits…

  47. Simply superb as usual

  48. Helena Kling Says:


  49. Petra Collins Says:

    I am blown away. Magnificent.

  50. […] See the original post: Eloquence of the Eye | Steve McCurry's Blog […]

  51. ترجمه روسی به فارسی…

    […]Eloquence of the Eye | Steve McCurry's Blog[…]…

  52. When eyes speak…..

  53. […] Original post: Eloquence of the Eye | Steve McCurry's Blog […]

  54. Thanks for post

    And Belated Happy Birthday:)

  55. […] Quelle che vi propongo sono alcune del servizio “Eloquence of the Eyes”, che trovate qui. […]

  56. salute to you…

  57. Once again Steve, amazing photos! Thank you.

  58. a perfect gallery for an exhibition, focused on the most important door to the human soul!

  59. Eyes, different doors leading to the soul of each one of these faces.
    The common point I see here is that they are staring at the photographer, or the viewer with such a steady stare,
    as if in their turn they ‘register’ or they ‘imprint’ in their memory the observer. A relationship of equal exchange is
    established and this is rare in photography, I think.
    I do not know if it is my impression only. Anyway, it stays with you, this staring. Thank you!

  60. those eyes… telling us lots!

  61. Reblogged this on escarophotography and commented:
    The amazing work of Steve McCurry

  62. beautiful and this is really cool post. amazing pictures!!! love it

  63. Quentin Garreau De Labarre Says:

    You could be with your eyes one of them! Kusssss

    Envoyé de mon iPhone

  64. Tears in these eyes after looking at THOSE eyes…Thank you.

  65. Ana maria teresa de Hollanda cavalcanti Says:

    astonishing! Thank you for the this eye·s ailment!

  66. Reblogged this on Wonder and Beauty and commented:
    The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me;
    my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.
    – Meister Eckhart, 1259 – 1327

  67. My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears,
    And true plain hearts do in the faces rest; – John Donne

  68. Absolutely amazing photographs. They say the eyes are the window to the soul and you have captured the soul of these people.

  69. En réponse à l’admirable éloquence de l’œil de votre caméra !

  70. The deep univers of human lifes….

  71. […] Augen faszinieren. Ziehen uns magisch an. Wir erwidern ihren Blick, oder wir weichen ihm aus. Wir fühlen uns beobachtet, oder ertappt. Erweitern sich unsere Pupillen, scheint uns etwas oder jemand zu gefallen. Es gibt Studien, die zeigen, dass ein intensiver Blick – bewußt oder unbewußt – unseren Puls höher schlagen läßt. Selbst bei einem Plakat fragt ein direkter Blick nach dem Zugang zu unserem Innersten. Tief in unseren Urinstinkten scheint ein Paar Augen reflexartig einen Schuß Adrenalin zu aktivieren. Und den Finger auf dem Auslöser der Kamera. (Gewidmet Steve McCurrys Beitrag auf seinem Blog. […]

  72. No words needed… everything is in the eyes… Thank you

  73. Very strong and powerful. Amazing work.

  74. Anonymous Says:

    Beautiful, powerful and evocative. This work must be the best advocate for racial tolerance.

  75. Os olhos são a janela da alma..
    abraços do Brazil

  76. rafael10031 Says:


  77. Thank you! The eyes are the mirrors of the soul.

  78. The portraits of the little girl refugees! How they squeeze your heart.
    Many thanks, Steve, for opening OUR eyes.

  79. I continue to be overwhelmed with the insight demonstrated in your portraits.

  80. Girl in Kandahar orphanage, Afghanistan…… wow!

    Your photos are sooo beautiful! They make me cry inside.. Superb photographs! Great job!

  81. An artist who quotes Meister Eckart is a genious! Love your work and love you because of it….

  82. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com Says:

    EYES,world of love,misery, hope ,despair, sadness,joy.Faithfulness,treachery , meanness ,and mirror of the self.jalal

  83. […] More: Eloquence of the Eye | Steve McCurry's Blog […]

  84. As always…beautiful…I like your work and I like you fo it….

  85. Reblogged this on Geek Detected and commented:
    From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive:
    They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
    They are the books, the arts, the academes,
    That show, contain and nourish all the world.
    – William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost

  86. Reblogged this on The shooting doctor and commented:
    This might just blow your mind..

  87. threemagical Says:

    I love your posts! Such a wonderful collection of quotes and images:)

  88. WOW

  89. Stunning…his style signature!!!

  90. Great portraits

  91. […] another inspirational blogpost today called Eloquence of the Eye from famous photographer Steve McCurry I had to think about an eye-photo I took during Semana […]

  92. Rob Zijlstra Says:

    Beautiful, what more is there to say…

  93. Don’t what to say, those are stunning eye contact

  94. Gratiela Says:

    so beautiful !!!!!!

  95. Power of Eyes – Power of McCurry

  96. stunning collection of images.

  97. Just when I think you cannot post a better set of images, a new one arrives that trumps the others. Oh yes, thank you for allowing us to peer through your lens and into the eyes of those beautiful souls.

  98. really outstanding collection of images plus so much behind in each image.

  99. Nancy Koop Says:

    Steve, Your work is amazing and I love the quotes. It is such a treat to receive your emails. Thank you, Nancy Koop, photographer Dallas, Texas

  100. Love this post, the eyes really tell the story, be it the place, the life or the joys and sorrows of life.. .. This defenately is the best story on yeys one can get. The words chosen to describe are life a gem crafted to perfection.

  101. Superb, lovely pictures and the words are just beautiful, loved to the fullest

  102. […] The soul has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye. – Charlotte Bronte Sanaa, Yemen The eyes have one language everywhere. – Proverb India Peshawar, Pa…  […]

  103. Steve, as always your photos are stunning and you are so inspirational. I’m sure you don’t bother with these awards, but because I’m so bowled over by ALL of your photos, I just wanted to show my appreciation by nominating you for the Shine On Award: http://catbirdinoman.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/the-shine-on-award/

    I’m sure you don’t have time to bother with this, but I just wanted to show you how much I love your work!!
    ~ Cathy

  104. L’ha ribloggato su Max510's Bloge ha commentato:
    Fantastiche foto del grande Steve McCurry, accompagnati come sempre da significativi aforismi. La foto della ragazza afghana è la più famosa, ma le altre sono di pari bellezza…

  105. Fantastic !
    Thanks for sharing your incredible shots !

  106. What an amazing and inspiring collection!

  107. Stunning collection!! I saw many favourites in there…

  108. amazing….your images look into the souls of these people.❤

  109. elymascarenhas Says:

    Belíssimo e expressivo ensaio, parabéns! Ely Mascarenhas

  110. victoriaaphotography Says:

    Stunning Images.
    Your photos continue to inspire me to keep on practising and practising and practising.

  111. I think this is the best photography post I’ve ever seen, honestly.

  112. So many beautiful photographs.I love them all.Thank you so much for posting.

  113. the emotions you capture of your subjects and photography always touches me deeply..thank you for what you do

  114. Reblogged this on Small Circle Big Circle and commented:

  115. Powerful and intriguing images and captions! . . . I always look forward to your postings!


  116. Totally and absolutely brilliant.

  117. Beautiful.. inspiring…

  118. ALBERT WAGNER Says:


  119. Gorgeous. I absolutely love your photographs, I have the Iconic Photographs book and can’t get enough of it and saw your exhibit in Dubrovnik last summer. Your photographs and adventures give me so much inspiration to travel in my own life. Thank you for sharing!

  120. Beautiful people, beautifully photographed.

  121. christian Says:

    Molt bonnes fotos m agrada molt com ho fas i tambe als models que surten .

  122. Robert Says:


    All good wishes,


  123. Another great collection form you !

  124. Yours is the most beautiful blog I ever see, the most important one I follow. The combination of your fine eye and your discerning ear for the words of poets makes for an astonishing, opening, redeeming art. Thank you, sir.

  125. Reblogged this on GIAO TRÌ VIÊN and commented:
    Kiệt tác
    Đỉnh cao của nhiếp ảnh chính là đây

  126. Amazing, Stunningly beautiful. Thank You.

  127. Phenomenal piece of work… Every photograph is just outstanding..!!!

  128. Is the girl in the orphanage in Kandahar, Afghanistan still an orphan? How long ago was the photo taken? She isn’t much older than my little girl and it breaks my heart.

  129. Margaret Sherrer Says:

    Your photos always fill me with great compassion for the human spirit. A deep bow to your artistry.

  130. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing these.

  131. Reblogged this on mymotionpicture and commented:
    As if time personified their vision and the rhymes of some unheard poems resonated those eyes..
    Simply spectacular!

  132. It is incredible how a person’s eyes reflect his life experiences and how well he or she processed them. In most eyes the pain suffered of being human is clearly visible. I only noticed one set of eyes that really radiated an exceptionally peaceful state of mind, and that was of the young Omo Valley man from Ethiopia. Wonderful photos, very interesting story, and lovely poems! Thank you for sharing!

  133. Wow, these eyes all look right through me, amazing stuff!
    Greetings, Ron.

  134. These eyes mesmerize you and speak with you… Thanks for sharing..

  135. Eyes really are the door to the soul…
    Even in a warrier the eyes have compassion and love. And the master in showing them to us has almost all the credit.
    Live and learn.

  136. Stunning – all of them!

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