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Light of Faith

Posted in Uncategorized on July 30, 2013 by stevemccurry


I have seen many manifestations of faith during my travels over the past three decades.
Some have been spontaneous, some have been part of a liturgy,
some have been prescribed rituals,
Some have been in magnificent buildings, others have been outside under a tree.
Some people’s faith is embedded in the way they live their lives.
– Steve McCurry

PAKISTAN-10079Peshawar, Pakistan


To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.
To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
– St. Thomas Aquinas



Just as the body cannot exist without blood, so the
soul needs the matchless and pure strength of faith.
–  Mohandas Gandhi



Pray as though everything depended on God.
Work as though everything depended on you.

– Saint Augustine


  Faith is a bird that feels dawn breaking and sings while it is still dark.
    – Rabindranath Tagore


USA-10003United States

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
– Helen Keller


What is Faith?
When your good deed pleases you and your evil deed grieves you,
you are a believer.
– Prophet Muhammad




INDIA-10201Amritsar, India

God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities,
great potential strength and ability.
Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.
– Abdul Kalam

USA-10104United States

Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once
accepted in spite of your changing moods.
– C.S. Lewis


The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.
– Henry David Thoreau

USA-10169NF2United States

“…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


If it can be verified, we don’t need faith…
Faith is for that which lies on the other side of reason.
Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and
ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.
– Madeleine L’Engle


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SRILANKA-10144Sri Lanka

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Eye Witness

Posted in Uncategorized on July 22, 2013 by stevemccurry

Eyes speak a universal language, and no
interpreter is needed

SAM_5899, Rajasthan, India, 2009, INDIA-11532India

Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal.
-Samuel Richardson


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


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


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


BRAZIL-10059NFAdriana Lima, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

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

ITALY-10409Actor, Italy

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

PAKISTAN-10029NF3Afghan refugee, Peshawar, Pakistan

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


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



The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having 
new eyes.
-Marcel Proust

Dire, Mali, 1986, MALI-10003NF PORTRAITS_bookMali

INDIA-10209Mumbai, India 


INDIA-11034Rabari Woman, India


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Family Matters

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2013 by stevemccurry

AFGHN-10124Returning family of refugees in their destroyed home in Herat, Afghanistan

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction,
the cement that binds closer together,
and the music that brings harmony.
– Eva Burrows

YUGOSLAVIA-10076Bosnia and Herzegovina

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

– Jane Howard


HONDURAS-10006NF3 (1)Honduras


HazarasBamiyan, Afghanistan

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
– Will Durant


The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.  
–  George Santayana



The family is link to our past, bridge to our future.
– Alex Haley



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 but a world lives in you.
– Frederick Buechner

BALUCHISTAN-10016Baluchistan, Pakistan

TURKEY-10058Istanbul, Turkey

Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where 
individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, 
communication is open, and rules are flexible – 
the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family. 
– Virginia Satir


My father was an amazing man.
The older I got, the smarter he got.

– Mark Twain


AFGHN-12369Maimana, Afghanistan

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
– John Bowring



The history of mankind, the history of salvation, passes by way of the family.
– Pope John Paul II, Letters to Families, 1994



I can’t think of anything to write about except families.
They are a metaphor for every other part of society.
– Anna Quindlen



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