Family Matters

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


70 Responses to “Family Matters”


  2. Nice picture collection

  3. Steve, these stunning images reveal, not only the people’s souls, but yours as well – you have the eyes to see and the heart to behold.

  4. Great collection, Thanks

  5. As a picture is a moment frozen in time, your images demand we acknowledge how timeless and boundless love is.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    most beautiful stories said without saying a word!!!! loved it!!!

  7. Your photographs, each a work that hits the heart, make me wonder why we can’t all get along. We all love, value family, children, grandchildren are cherished…why can’t there be Peace?

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Your work is a master piece. Your photos tell the stories

  9. It is hard to find words for the impact of these photos. They speak volumes. Thank you.

  10. moving, and warming to the heart. what a wonderfully curated collection from your travels, no doubt on many and varied assignments – I love how you have chosen to foreground the simplest thing of all. love, and family connection.

  11. Sir, you are no word to say n i just love your work

  12. bananabatman Says:

    Wonderful images.

  13. Mathew bejoy Says:

    Mind-blowing !!

  14. Family Matte…
    The photos are wonderful and lovely of the sorrow life family in somewhere of our world…
    Thank You Mr.Steve McCurry for your heart works! ♥

  15. Great portrait photos. There is no photo-blog I’m looking more forward to see than yours. Almost every photo here is a masterpiece…..

  16. Great images from around the world. Thanks!

  17. potts809 Says:

    Yet another great collection of images Steve. Enough said.

  18. An fantastic post! All this pics showing the REAL Live! Fantastische Bilder, hier sieht man noch das REALE LEBEN.

  19. Each photograph is epic

  20. Snap Pictures Says:

    Reblogged this on Snap Picture and commented:
    Reblog from one of my idol in photography.

  21. yu inkol Says:

    Family is Love!!! Thanks for youre Great Work Steve!!!

  22. I follow your blog regularly, this is another example of photography at its finest.

  23. Anonymous Says:

    Wonderful. Steve Mc Curry shows us the beauty of live in all it’s facets, makes me even forget the daily “battles” with our puberal 13 year old daughter.

  24. catch a moment, it’s great !

  25. Anonymous Says:

    Great post.

  26. As ever…you take me to contemplation. Many thanks.

  27. Anonymous Says:

    I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.

  28. Reblogged this on Trans* Dragon Beast and commented:
    We have a right to protect those we love. To protect the soil we grow on. To seek justice for those who have been wronged. We have a right to love our children, our parents, our homes. We have a right not to live in fear.

  29. Reblogged this on Ideas_R_Bulletproof and commented:
    great Steve McCurry shows how family life is so diverse around the world, yet to common…..

  30. so diverse, yet to common….. wonderful compilation of photos!!

  31. Golda Kocubej Soriano Says:

    Family. So familiar and so strange and you capture all this.
    Thanks for sharing

  32. Your work is amazing !
    I travel a lot… Or I try as much as I can and I live in Egypt… I do some pictures too and your work is always a bit inspirational… So much emotions in one picture !
    Keep it up !
    Well done !

  33. Our soul breathed some poetry. Thank you.

  34. […] This is a series called “Family Matters” by one of my new favorite photographers Steve McCurry is a clearly a master of his […]

  35. Superb work Steve

  36. Mary Riedel Says:

    Thank you for sharing your photos.

  37. The emotional bond that comes in these pics is just amazing… thanks for sharing.

  38. Anonymous Says:

    I’m glad to see the inclusion of more images from South America. Wonderful stuff!

  39. Wonderful depth and textures captured with such sensitivity and compassion. Thank you again Steve for sharing your life’s work with us. I learn something from every frame!

  40. Awesome photos…thanks for sharing..:-)

  41. Your photography is the best! (。◕‿◕。)

  42. I love your photos of family and the quotes, especially this one: “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”
    (John Bowring) That’s a beautiful sentiment and so true.

  43. Comme toujours simplement merveilleux !!!! Une grande émotion à chaque regards porté sur les images ! Merci Steve !

    Je suis heureuse de savoir que vous venez à Perpignan où je suis accréditée presse. à bientôt.

  44. your shots always tempting me to make documentary pics…
    wonderfully taken as usual, Mr. Steve x

  45. Marcelo Regua Says:

    wonderful work, congratulations!!!

  46. J. Michael Cranford Says:

    I eagerly await these photographs every week. They are always beautiful and thought provoking. I thank you!

  47. Beautiful words and stunning images my last words on my blog were about family – this says it with so much more eloquence. I would love to have it on my blog too.

  48. Dorothy Says:


  49. Dear Steve,
    The photographs are breathtaking and so are the captions.Thank you so much for sharing.

  50. Stunning photos as always!

  51. susandworski Says:

    another blog I subscribe to. Photos and quotes.

  52. Reblogged this on Neverending1's Blog and commented:
    I love Steve McCurry’s photos. They’re so beautiful, I just have to pass them on. Enjoy! I’m jealous he can travel around and I can’t!

  53. Absolutely amazing collection of photos and so well chosen quotes! So much raw emotions that touched me deeply.

  54. Fantastic. Amazing. Love it.

  55. Anonymous Says:

    The happy family is not depending how is your love give to every one… but it’s depending how the one pendents love from you…

    Very amazing and lovely photos from photographer Steve McCurry.
    Thank you so much sir!

  56. I am learning to recognize the genius added to a portrait by a few props…the handle of a tool, the wall of a room, the material under the feet. A thousand more words added to the eyes.

  57. You are truly such an inspiration.

  58. Anonymous Says:


  59. Wonderful work Steve….i’m very touched by many of you images….your works inspire me always!!! keep the awesome work and all the best always!!. andres

  60. carllapeirre Says:

    You’re an fantastic Master !!!!!!!

  61. Reblogged this on Caixa Negra and commented:
    Como sempre, absolutamente magnifico !
    Um dos meus “living heroes”, um artista genial, a verdade da fotografia.

  62. Another great post form you Steve. All the images are really great !

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