Family Table

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
– Will Durant

ITALY-15021 (1)Perugia, Italy

Researchers have confirmed what parents have known for a long time;
sharing a family meal is good for the spirit,
the brain and the health of all family members.

– Anne Fishel, Ph.D.

01062_ 018, India 50 years after 10/96, INDIA-11301NFIndia

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

VIETNAM-10031Viet Tri City, Vietnam


There is no better classroom
than the family table.
– Kaye Earle

TIBET-10522, 1999, KhamTibet


Other things may change us,
but we start and end with the family.  

– Anthony Brandt

SRILANKA-10167 Sri Lanka


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


INDONESIA-10016 Indonesia during monsoon season

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




Our family dinner table was like Speakers’ Corner in London.  
We  discussed, debated, argued, declaimed –
all of us at the same time.
– E. Thomson Earl

YUGOSLAVIA-10123_es (1)Hungary


It is not until much later, as the skin sags and the heart weakens,
that children understand;
their stories, and all their accomplishments,

sit atop the stories of their mothers and fathers,
stones upon stones, beneath the waters of their lives.
– Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven


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117 Responses to “Family Table”

  1. Reblogged this on Legal Eyes and commented:

  2. Anonymous Says:

    How timely. My family will soon join together around a family table to celebrate our mother/grandmother who will be 90 years old. I love the quotes!

  3. Reblogged this on OODOO.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Wonderful photography and sentiments expressed, loved it!

  5. Here in mexico the family means a lot to us, thanks for your amazing work

  6. Stunning photography, as always!

  7. arun kant Says:

    sir great work …. I too passionate for nature photography……thanks sir for sharing your beautiful work…God bless

  8. Fabulous photography! Thank you for sharing your travels with me.

  9. Great photojournalism! What great pictures

  10. You caught some extraordinary moments… I especially like the one from Pakistan!

  11. […] da Pikitim, e que cita uma doutorada, Anne Fishel e o fotógrafo Steve McCurry – ver aqui. As bonitas imagens levam-nos numa volta ao mundo pelas mesas de refeições de várias famílias e […]

  12. SabrinaFarias Says:

    look fantastic! Family is the center of everything. without a good foundation is the same as man could be.

  13. The colors in these beautiful pictures are absolutely fantastic! Family is relationship, is the tie

  14. Awesome. I will be back to visit.

  15. Subhro Basu Says:

    Fantabulous … a special thanks for sharing such priceless gems of yours. Hope to see more …

  16. What a wondeful variety of images on this one theme. While each has its own truth and beauty, I must say that I was particularly struck by the photograph of the woman peeling potatoes on her balcony with the rubble in the background. This is just so powerful.

  17. Isolete Calheiros Says:

    Thank you for sharing your photos and thoughts about the themes you choose. A fantastic 2014 for you too.

  18. Swetha, India Says:

    As it often is; we find pleasure when someone truly sees why we love something.. I love how you see my country. Your work makes me really happy Mr. McCurry. Thank you.

  19. I have seen that a man or woman with a strong family behind them is a powerful force.

  20. Steve, You’ve captured the spirit of the family and shown that although environments vary greatly, the important feeling of a nucleus exists. Thank you very much for being an inspiration.

  21. Sanjukta Dey Says:

    All the photographs are stunning as usual but I really loved the Burma, Macedonia and Tibet photos.

  22. Lucifer Says:

    Wow, amazing photos.. Im from Indonesia

  23. The picture of the Italian family united together for launch reminds me of great memories of the years that I lived in Italy! I love Perugia for the amazing litle streets that are just beautiful to the amazing Jazz Festival that happens every year. Best Wishes

  24. Hello Steve McCurry, you are my inspiration and because of you Photography has changed my life. I absolutely love your art. I would love to meet you some day. I with you a wonderful new year full of joy and peace.

  25. Beautiful collection of family having meals together. Recently, a couple that was about to get married asked us the secret to long and happy marriage. I said have dinner together every day, with no TV in your dinning room. The quality of time together with meals is amazing in bonding.:-)

  26. I’m struck by the resilience of these families….especially so by the mother and daughter in Lebanon. Thank you for bringing these images to us.

  27. AWESOME….and inspirational. Thanks Steve!!!

  28. Anonymous Says:

    Simply awesome!

  29. Anna Rita Carrisi Says:

    Happy New year!!!!!!

  30. Anonymous Says:

    Awesome photos of families! Loved all of them; thanks…best wishes for the new year…

  31. very nice collection

  32. S.N.Rama Raju Says:

    The subject chosen for this series of photos is really great. It shows the family values.

  33. Awesome as always. I love them all, but the Indonesia photo is unique and special.

  34. May Chiong Says:

    What a fine photos to view on 2014! Thank you…..
    I should learn more from you….

    PS: Can you develop share to facebook???

  35. love the people, love the pictures , love you-SHAN

  36. kjetil søreide Says:

    Fantastically stunning and beautiful – once again! Happy new years! K

  37. Well, Steve, this is a beautiful photo essay on family and who we are. Beautiful photographs. Thank you for the app download. Have a Happy New Year and many wonderful adventures in 2014!

  38. Superb post Steve with great images

  39. A wonderful way to end 2013 and start 2014. Family is where it’s at.
    Happy New Year.

  40. वीर Says:

    Reblogged this on veer.

  41. Oh, Steve – this post made me think SO hard! Thank you for your ever inspiring work! A Blessed 2014 to you too!

  42. Bindita Shrimali Says:


  43. Dear Steve,
    What an emotion to recognize “my table” in your wonderful first picture. Thanks a lot for the beautiful picture and for the having chosen the Italian one to open this extraordinary group of pictures taken all over the world. But the meaning of sharing the table together is the same everywhere. Thanks to remind it to all of you.My best wishes to you!!!

  44. Enjoy New Year!
    Thanks for photos, Steve, always a deeper look into humans life and emotions.

  45. I wish i could see all this places

  46. Amazing clicks Steve…………………..Happy new year……………… God bless ya

  47. Anonymous Says:

    tanx for share، Happy New Year!

  48. zul siwani Says:

    Beautiful heart warming images, a window to the world of humanity.

  49. Thank you for your inspiring photographs… Wish you a very happy new year. Looking forward to many more stories and memories…

  50. The one from Lebanon is really touching…

  51. Says:

    another good one Steve…the message is immense….

  52. Great shots and story! Happy New Year!

  53. Caro Steve
    feliz ano novo, muita saude , paz para vc e sua familia.
    abraços do Brazil

  54. Grandi immagini, molto significative. Grazie per la condivisione!!
    Buon Anno Nuovo a tutti!!

  55. Beautiful, as always. I was listening to NPR and heard you on the radio. For some reason, I thought you were a Brit. Now I know you’re an American and work for National Geographic. No wonder your photos are so stunning. What a great job you have. Peace to you and looking forward to more great photos from you in 2014. Thanks for your great photos throughout 2013.

  56. amazing photographs, thankyou for sharing

  57. Keep up the great work. Would love to work with you one day.

  58. Sharing a meal is one of the activities that releases Oxytocin into your system. Definitely an uplifting way to ring in the New Year. Beautiful images.

  59. jamesvincentknowles Says:

    thank you, Steve. heartening and very well done. Happy New Year.

  60. Love this so much. I lost my father this year, so family seems even dearer to me than ever.

  61. […] The family is the nucleus of civilization. – Will Durant Perugia, Italy  […]

  62. Spectacular photography!

  63. Every scene is make from the deep of the heart. Thanks for your amazing job, Steve.

  64. So very beautiful – a reminder to keep family close, always!

  65. Belle foto complimenti! Però se mi chiedessero a quale tavola vorrei sedermi sceglierei sicuramente quella Italiana. Saluti Marco

    Beautiful photos compliments! But if I were asked to choose which table I would surely sit down the Italian. Regards Marco

  66. Reblogged this on Melody Wren and commented:
    Our family has always gathered at the table every Sunday and look forward to all the Sundays in 2014 together

  67. Absolutely inspiring!

  68. Anonymous Says:

    You are in my heart for sure, I adore your work and wish you a lucky new year wherever you are.

  69. Here I am in France with family, thanks to you. You always taught me to work hard for what I want and to be persistent. I am seeking out all my possible opportunities. I really enjoyed Lausanne. I am very glad I left earlier so I had some family time. Enjoy your night! Happy New Year!!

    Sent from my iPad

  70. Few things in life are as important as the family table. It’s where you learn how to be human. Spectacular photos. Ken

  71. Fan of your are my inspiration. Wish you too very happy new year

  72. Anonymous Says:

    Very meaningful.

  73. Reblogged this on Mou Ikkai and commented:
    Magnificent, but why there is flooding in Indonesia???

  74. Te admirooo. Gracias por compartir tus fotos

  75. Golda Kocubej Soriano Says:

    So touching, so full of tenderness the preparation and sharing of meals. Family is the pillar of the Judaism; is at home where we learn since childhood the costumes and traditions of our people.
    Beautiful photos and beautiful subject Mr. Steve.
    Thank you and a Happy New Year

  76. Bellissime foto e grazie dall’Italia!

  77. Amongst so much contemporary madness that tries to take us away from the true essence and beauty of the various festive occasions, it is even more poignant and enchanting to see such a collection of pictures about the really important and human ceremonies in our lives… Thank you!

  78. What a wonderful little gift for the New Year. Thank you. It made me think about my own family as well as others around the world, and it put a tear in my eye:)

  79. simply, thank you – quite powerful

  80. A most significant subject. Thank you for enriching our lives through your photos. Happy New Year to you.

  81. francesca mussino Says:

    Bellissime foto. La famiglia sono le nostre radici e i nostri rami verso il futuro. Grazie.

  82. beautiful!

  83. […] "'The family is the nucleus of civilization.' – Will Durant " "• Perugia, Italy Researchers have confirmed what parents have known for a long time; sharing a family meal is good for the spirit, the brain a…"  […]

  84. Sara Giustino Says:


  85. Every time you inspire me , i am photography enthusiast and become more n more deep in photography . i start my work in India all over in travel . and i choose my jobs in all over states in india and cover as much as possibly reach closer to subject asthmatically .

  86. Anonymous Says:

    I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Thank you, and Happy New year!!!!!!!

  87. Hallo Steve!
    This blog is Amazing!
    I have visited your exhibition in SIENA(Tuscany ) last Saturday, and it’s wonderful!
    Thank you for your work!

  88. Fine collection! Btw, as always)

  89. Beautiful post! Thank you. x

  90. Family is a part of our heart… we have shared of learning, worry, love, happy… hurting… helping…!
    Thank you dear Steve for interesting photos of the family around world… special thank for photo of Viet Tri / Vietnam… very Nice!

  91. The second photo, the one from India… that man looks like actor Suresh Oberoi.

  92. Reblogged this on Womanseyeview's Blog and commented:
    Steve McCurry reminds us all about what we have in common as well as the huge inequalities the world still holds. A fitting last post for 2013.

  93. Vishal Tamang Says:

    Wow this is gr8 sir,,,,,,,,,, ur picture made me happy that i am lucky to have a decent table if not luxury and a good food to eat… this was an example of ” be happy with what u have rather than complaining ” thank you sir…… thank you once again…..
    This was really motivating……

  94. A beautiful reminder about what we have in common as well as the huge injustices our world contains. Thank you and looking forward to more of your inspiring images in 2014.

  95. Reblogged this on Words 'n Pics… and commented:
    Thank You, for all the wonderful pictures of all the wonderful people and environments that you let me see. I wish you a wonderful and marvelous 2014! … /Ninna

  96. impressive…!!!

  97. Bellissime ! Grazi e buon anno !!!

  98. Great images in a great post!

  99. Nelly Santos Says:

    Belles images comme toujours Steve. Merci

  100. A wonderful array of family photos from around the world, Steve. I especially love the one in Lebanon with the bombed building in the background, and the flooded room in Indonesia. You really know how to capture people in their element, no matter how remote they are from many of us. Thanks, as always for sharing and inspiring.:-)

  101. Wonderful as always! I love the Burmese monks picture the best – for the beauty of the picture but also for the story in that the family are eating and the monks are receiving their food too.

    You have seen so many incredible insights into humanity and never cease to enchant me with your photographs.

    Thank you!

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