Eye Witness

 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


Her eyes are homes of silent prayers.
– Lord Alfred Tennyson


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




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


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

Dire, Mali, 1986, MALI-10003NFPORTRAITS_bookMali


The face is the mirror of the mind,
and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.

– St. Jerome

Los Angeles, California, USA, 1991, USA-10023Portraits_BookPORTRAITS_BookUnited States

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


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

USA-10915United States



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

TIBET-10069 (1)Tibet

 INDIA-10209 India

ETHIOPIA-10235 (1)Ethiopia

TIBET-10658 (1)Tibet

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others.
– Audrey Hepburn




Alessandro Del Piero Gallery
Torino, Italy
May 16 – August 31, 2014

_DSC0028_2Steve McCurry and Alex Del Piero
Photograph by Biba Giachetti

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99 Responses to “Eye Witness”

  1. beautiful imagery …top notch blog

  2. Anche questo spero servirà per la pace dei popoli nel mondo…grazie

  3. Reblogged this on curdeus.com and commented:
    nice done…

  4. The intensity of the stare.. so good! Composition is top notch as well, great work steve. So glad i discovered your blog

  5. A friend just led me to your blog. I have been going through your amazing photographs and I feel humbled and inspired. You have opened the world, through your work, and my heart is filled with love for people I will never know, except through your lens. Thank you.

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  7. Wonderful photography! Always an important source of inspiration for me. Thank you very much.

  8. such a mix of emotions looking through these shots some happy some sad but all just so so beautiful

  9. Sir, I know thousands have told you this before, but you are so talented! I feel enlightened, if I may say. Thank you, for this lovely post.:)

  10. […] ο κορυφαίος φωτογράφος του National Geographic, Steve McCurry, στο blog του, εισάγοντας με τον τρόπο αυτό μια σειρά από […]

  11. true poetry, sound of life in a look

  12. I love this iconic portraits.
    All the best from jan

  13. Reblogged this on Library Mom and commented:
    I found his blog by accident on WordPress’s homepage, and love his photography. I love how he can capture these people so well through their eyes alone, though he does a full portrait.

  14. Carlos Larco Says:

    Hola, un gusto enorme comunicarme con usted, admiro profundamente su trabajo. Soy de Argentina, quería preguntarle qué precio está una obra suya de 20 x 24 pulgadas (50 x 60 cm) con envío hacia Argentina, y cuanto está en EE.UU. Muchísimas gracias. Saludos.


    Creo que el mundo es bello, que la poesía es como el pan, de todos. Y que mis venas no terminan en mi sino en la sangre unánime de los que luchan por la vida, el amor, las cosas, el paisaje y el pan la poesía de todos.


  15. Espetáculo e Arte…

  16. One of the best images seen ever.

    Thanks for sharing

  17. Reblogged this on Giai01's Blog and commented:
    xem….nhung ngay waiting…

  18. Expression of eyes take me to the world of thinking

  19. I follow a lot of blogs but I always save yours for last because your images are so emotional and moving that I cannot look at another right after. Your work is just incredibly inspiring and reveals so much of the human soul. All the best to you today.

  20. xhobdo Says:

    Sir, Truly awesome, great post.

  21. So touching, love your work

  22. Those eyes tell a thousand stories. Wonderful captures!

  23. Robert Felix Says:

    I just learned another, very important knowledge in Photography ! Thanks Mr Steve Mc Curry, ill apply it as often as i could !

  24. Anonymous Says:

    All r just awesome, sir

  25. goosebumps on the skin. The beauty is coming out… Eyes tell truth stories.

  26. […] Eyes speak a universal language, and no interpreter is needed. India Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal. – Samuel Richardson Italy Her eyes are homes of silent prayers. -…  […]

  27. Eye love the pictures.

  28. Great, soulful portrait photography. Very inspiring.

  29. Reblogged this on marga auwald and commented:
    Für diese Bilder empfehle ich mehr als nur einen Augenblick an Zeit einzuplanen.

  30. Anonymous Says:

    Semplicemente meravigliose, non c’è aggettivo migliore per poter qualificare le tue foto. Riesci dalle persone e dai loro volti a tirare sempre fuori qualcosa di magico.. Grandissimo.

  31. Steve is simply one of the great masters of photo journalism, a legend already.

  32. Barbara Calhoun Says:

    Every image speaks to me! They are amazing!

  33. Anonymous Says:


  34. Un trabajo maravilloso, has captado la mirada y expresión de las personas y habla la fotografía, gracias por compartir y enseñar tu trabajo para poder admirar y aprender de él


  36. I’m grateful that your eyes help me see. Thank you.

  37. Once again, extraordinary work Steve!

  38. I found your blog today. Haven’t been this moved by photography in a long time. I should be working, instead I am sitting here unable to move, clicking on page after page, mesmerized by your ability to capture the essence of people, environments, feelings.

    In complete awe. Following you for as long as you keep this wonderful site going….

  39. Roberto Pancheri Says:


  40. still a class of it`s own…


  42. Osservando queste immagini si e’ subito catturati dagli occhi, i quali, trasmettono le sensazioni provate dai soggetti in quell’istante e la loro vita .

  43. As always Steve, beautiful, insightful work. images ‘shared’ with the sitter rather than taken… Brought back fond memories of my own time in Ethiopia (1973/75, India (1967/68) and Pakistan (1991 & 1994). Love it all..

  44. exallant …sir you are great photographer my Eyes..

  45. Mansukh Says:

    Truly amazing pictures, one is compelled to look at each picture again and again. Thank you.

  46. Anonymous Says:

    Great exhibition in Nice … many thanks !!!!!

    Jenny THIEDEY

  47. The eyes… are the window to the soul…
    And you are the master in capturing souls…

  48. roberto aiello Says:


  49. Great collections !!! Only you have the ability to capture these images !

  50. Jacqueline Klem Says:

    One word – BEAUTIFUL!!!

  51. Anonymous Says:

    Please bring an exhibit to India too

  52. Thank you for existing

    Thank you for existing

  53. The various worlds you show us with your pictures are wonderful, and thank you!

  54. Grazka Says:

    I have to say the same words …stunning in every possible way …. Gongrats !

  55. Just brilliant – as usual!

  56. I have been in Mumbai for a few months now, it still blows me away the black and intense stares from people, from the young and the old, the firm stares that do not look away, ever. And for that brief moment of eye contact, there is some revelation and connection…Beautiful pictures:)

  57. Just Awesome! Love your work Steve!!

  58. Reblogged this on Fayamaya Photography and commented:
    The Window to your soul

  59. Linda Harper Says:

    Those photos are stunning. Visiting all galleries would be the perfect road trip.

  60. Awesome. Thank you for sharing!!

  61. WOW!! These touch my soul. You’ve done it again, Steven and blown me away. :)

  62. Jane Tearle Says:

    Absolutely stunning. I love your images and try hardeer to do better myself .. your images are awe inspiring.

  63. Shannon Cox Says:

    His work is so fantastic. This one gave me hope for mankind for some reason. People are beautiful.

  64. Rossana Says:

    just beautiful!

  65. Reblogged this on lobischdelija and commented:
    Look at these eyes!

  66. Geography is yours…

  67. Stunningly beautiful.

  68. Anonymous Says:

    Beautiful pictures !!!

  69. Stunning shot Steve. Greetings from Germany!

  70. Lis :) Says:

    Wow, as always, it’s a joy to the eye to see some of the wonderful shots you have taken…and there’s a story with every single of them…:)

  71. Magnifique galerie !

  72. I like the boy in red!!
    Great photo’s!

  73. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Awesome post!!

  74. Muriel COGGHE Says:

    Just waouwwwwww ! Thank you ! It’s amazing !

  75. Yes, a few of the images are sad. One can see the malnutrition in the faces of some of the children, but the eyes are the windows of the soul. The soul is what seems to live in these.

  76. Much love to you, Steve, and gratitude for your continued gifts to our planet. Your voice echoes our hearts. Thank you.

  77. mariejanet70 Says:

    The eyes speak—Steve’s indescribable aptitude!

  78. Eres mi idolo Steve

  79. Absolutely beautiful representation of our kind. Thank you!

  80. this is wonderful.. i love clicking hands, feet, eyes, faces.. and i just loved this post. You are a marvellous photographer Steve.

  81. Anonymous Says:

    hermosas fotos

  82. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Foto magiche e lui e’ un grande

  83. thanks for sharing… amazing photographs as usual & interestingly it also depicts how a photographs can be looked from multiple perspective..

  84. Uauu! Amzing! I love your pic!

  85. Eyes speak a universal language, and no
    interpreter is needed. Steve McCurry’s Blog
    it is true, are the window to the soul of every human being

  86. There are times the eyes are filled with so much pain that it is most challenging to see. Thank you for this post. xx Amy

  87. Anonymous Says:

    Amazing Beauty, truth, your art of images moves me deeply

    With Gratitude

  88. equinoxio21 Says:

    Reblogged this on Equinoxio and commented:
    No need to introduce Steve McCurry. A remarquable collection of eyes.

  89. Stunning….in every possible way!

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