Light of Faith


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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96 Responses to “Light of Faith”

  1. Amazing indeed…exceptional photos and descriptions… !

  2. Thank you for the amazing blog. Photos and description was outstanding.

  3. Reblogged this on johncoyote and commented:
    Prayers are needed. For peace, for love and hope. All of us need to pray for the children. All children to be able to sleep safe and sound away from war and violence.

  4. God has Blessed you with a gift that goes beyond even a simple expression of the joy you give, just being able to see your works…Thank You for sharing!

  5. Reblogged this on sedation.

  6. Faith can be a director, a path finder, and a light giver. But for one I sure agree, that it is food for the soul.
    [Great Post!!]

  7. Amazing photos and very interesting series.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Complimenti sono delle bellissime foto, mi hanno commosso grazie!

  9. Martian Poet Says:

    A Great post I ever seen!

  10. I’m glad that I encountered this beautifully captured, inspired image!

  11. very good, i like youR photos

  12. Anonymous Says:


  13. Anonymous Says:


  14. The pictures speak louder than the quotes. They bring tears to my eyes because they tug on a thread of truth and wonder within my heart.

  15. Anonymous Says:


  16. These photos touch my heart. Thank you for sharing them , and the writings underneath, with us who
    have not had the opportunity to travel around the world. Grateful to you.

  17. ronald wade kirchhoff Says:

    What glorious images. Thank You for sharing them!

  18. […] It’s always a good day when master photographer Steve McCurry updates his blog. […]

  19. Have seen few of above images earlier but every time they look refreshing.

  20. thanks you Steve, you shine a light into the world and shows us things that we wouldn’t see otherwise

  21. Amazing as always

  22. Reblogged this on Imel's gado gado corner and commented:
    Faith is like a seed; plant it in your heart. God gives the harvest at the appointed time.

  23. Anonymous Says:

    Peace be within us all

  24. amazing my friend!!! just amazing!!! the most powerful are 2 one them from the pastor who is holding the hands of those guys inide of the jail and the otyher one from the lady laying on the bed…

  25. Reblogged this on PGS – The Way and commented:
    Steve McCurry, you are a master…

  26. such an amazing post…. most apt quotes and pictures…. loved it… thank you for such a great post….:-)

  27. Fantastic pictures.

  28. Where beautiful pic’s go very well together with wonderful wisdom. And it’s all about “faith”.

    People are people.


  29. Pray for God… It is not mean that you want to be good…but it is in mean that you are good!

    Very lovely moment the prayers of God! .
    Thank you Sir for the nice work

  30. adorable you, Mr.Steve!

  31. Your photographs instill faith in us who have turned skeptics, Mr. McCurry!

  32. Some strong and outstanding images, telling heart felt stories. Wonderful stuff!

  33. […] Japan 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 h…  […]

  34. Anonymous Says:

    obrigada pelas emoções partilhadas nas suas fotos! Explendido!

  35. Brilliant. I am speechless ♥♥

  36. Reblogged this on Olivia May Photography and commented:

  37. Reblogged this on Oxford School of Photography and commented:
    brighten up your day with these images from the Great Steve

  38. Some very strong images! Wow!

  39. Reblogged this on The pedalling photographer and commented:
    Another great blog by photographer Steve McCurry

  40. Anonymous Says:

    Eye of the soul reflects through the lens of Steve Mccurry, with a difference of unbiased and respecful of the cultures of the world. Keep yours and our faith alive content shall be bestowed.

  41. Sandip Banerjee. Says:

    Simply heart touching.May god bless you

  42. Your photos are given such power by your choice of words. Thank you.

  43. Beautiful series, Steve! Thank you.

  44. Your capture of the light in these images is just magical.
    A very moving, uplifting and inspiring post.

  45. Anonymous Says:

    grazie Steve!

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

    Great photographs!!

  47. Hi Steve,

    Beautiful images…

    Religion become more relevant in this fast paced world. When no one have time for us neither we have time for anyone. Faith gives strength to stand by our selves and move on.

  48. Love your style.

    You inspire me

    Love from Australia

  49. Anonymous Says:


  50. The one of Italy reminds me of when I used to go to confession. And the one of the prisoner holding the reverend’s hand is very sad. As always, your photos are stunning!

  51. Your photos are like novels…..such complexity and depth. Thank you

  52. As always, very inspired!! . . . Love your posts!

  53. An inspiration. Thanks for posting.

  54. Great people, great words, great photos.

  55. Truly beautiful. How wonderfully you’ve captured the invisible.

  56. Prezado Steve, suas fotos são fantásticas e são inspiradoras para muitos fotógrafos apaixonados pela arte de registrar arte. Parabéns.

  57. Extremely inspiring –

    Absolutely brilliant.

  58. I consider having found your blog and photography to be a blessing that I am so grateful for.

  59. Wow … stunning gorgeous post. By the way I saw your exhibition in Genova last December.
    So incredible, moving, beautiful and well put together. I was so happy that my timing was
    perfect! (And how great is the food in that town!?) Anyway, it’s always a pleasure to see your
    work and it actually makes me want to pick up a paintbrush. Thank you.

  60. I have no different words, from the rest of commenters, to praise your work Steve. Nevertheless, I feel a tremendous difference in sensations between the pictures you chose to express the manifestations of faith in the Unitet States and the rest of the countries. Even the quaity of llight is totally different.

  61. Celina de Godoy Says:

    Very touching these photos. Thank you for them!

  62. Celina de Godoy Says:

    Very touching this photos. Thank you for them!

  63. Outstanding.

  64. Thank you for considering both the scenes from faith and the quotations ~~ your page is like a meditation. ~ Barbara Carder, Rochester, NY

  65. Simone Says:

    I spent a couple of days with you some week ago, and i realized i needed a lifetime to listen to all your wonderful stories… Here’s another one. Thanks Steve!

  66. Excellent post.

  67. Jean Templeton Says:

    Thank-you beautiful !

  68. Giovanna Says:

    Outstanding. Thanks for these wonderful photos

  69. Anonymous Says:

    Outstanding. Thanks for these wonderful photos

  70. Always you bring a smile of recognition, a sense of wonder and a joy in our world. Many thanks to you.

  71. Dear Steve. Thank you for your amazing works. Two Days ago I saw your exhibition in Hamburg and I am overwhelmed.. All the best for you. Susanne

  72. Your photos and the quotes that you chose for this are just amazing. Thank you.

  73. Pierluigi Says:

    Reblogged this on NON SOLO FOTO DIGITALE and commented:
    Light of Faitht by Steve McCurry

  74. I never seize to be amazed by, and in awe of, your sensitivity, empathy and ability to capture profound human stories in a still image…

  75. Magnificent work!!

  76. Professional, exciting, worth visiting every time. One of the best photo blogs I know.

  77. Nishant Says:

    Its been a pleasure to view your images steve, you have a gods gift to u.

  78. Exciting images, phrases incredible. How lovely to see the faith manifesting in all people, in different cultures!:)

  79. Dubravka Milković Vukelić Says:

    Your photos are amasing.I enjoyed looking at them.

  80. Shamsul Alam Says:


  81. Alejandro Zerené Homs Says:

    Maravilloso trabajo!!
    Cada uno de los instantes fotografiados, llega directamente al corazón.

  82. Myriam Says:

    Wonderful project, beautiful work. Thanks for sharing.

  83. Eren Somcag Says:

    It is visual poetry with great calming effect and understanding, which leaves you with a smile. Great to have you with us, Mr. McCurry. It is a privilege.

  84. Very nice and interesting series…

  85. Reblogged this on Caixa Negra and commented:
    Add your thoughts here… (optional)

  86. W. Stover Says:

    Steve has a remarkable gift. We are all blessed to enjoy.

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