Power of Two

Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work.
If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
– Ecclesiastes 4

INDIA-11482Jodhpur, India

DSC_6015, Turkish Tourism, Turkey, 2013. Couple walking on the street.Istanbul, Turkey

CHINA-10223Shanghai, China

One’s not half of two;
two are halves of one.
– e.e. cummings


FRANCE-10056, Lourdes, France, 1988Lourdes, France

Grow old along with me
The best is yet to be, the last of life,
for which the first was made.
Our times are in his hand who saith,
A whole I planned, youth shows but half;
Trust God: See all, not be afraid!
– Robert Browning


SPAIN-10051 (1)Spain


The couple is time recaptured,
the return to the time before time.

– Octavio Paz, Nobel Laureate in Literature




CHINA-10231 (1)Hong Kong, China


AFGHN-13988Kabul, Afghanistan

YEMEN-10061, Yemen, 1997Yemen


Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet.
– Vietnamese Proverb


Words are easy, like the wind;
Faithful friends are hard to find.

– William Shakespeare


00734_10, Afghanistan, Hazara People, July, 07/2006, AFGHN-13082Afghanistan

DSC_4537, Deep South, 04/2014 Retouched by Ekaterina Savtsova 04/13/2014United States



The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand,
not the kindly smile,
nor the joy of companionship.
It is the spiritual inspiration

that comes to one when you discover that someone else
believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.
– Mignon McLaughlin

UGANDA-10002 (1)Uganda

Love always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
–  Corinthians 13



Brucie Collections
Kiev, Ukraine
May 14 – August 17, 2014

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

Festival La Gacilly
La Gacilly, France
May 31 – September 30, 2014

Théâtre de la Photography et de l’Image
Nice, France
June 27 – September 28, 2014

Loukla & Michael Zampelas Art Museum
Kaimakli, Nicosia, Cyprus
August 5 – September 30, 2014

Leica Gallery
Salzburg, Austria
August 7 – September 27, 2014

The Anna Lamar Switzer Gallery,
Pensacola State College
Pensacola, FL
August 18 – December 12, 2014



126 Responses to “Power of Two”

  1. Carlos Eduardo Pansica Says:

    Hoje aos 46 anos de idade, só agora consegui fazer uma universidade, porém faço fotografia, mais conheço um pouco do seu trabalho desde os anos 90, mais hoje eu vejo como é gratificante ver seus trabalho, Steve obrigado por poder olhar essa imagens, e ver que me leva a crer que o caminho e esse registrar pessoas, situações e emoções, a vida fica sem sentido se não tiver um registro fotografico, só para terminar grato por me dar inspiração e cada vez mais vontade de fotografar.

  2. the first pict made think to Maria , mother of Jesus , and his husband Joseph looking for a place to sleep …. 😍👍❤️

  3. Elizabeth Bell Says:

    My heart is so touched by your photos. My eyes are watered with beauty and hope.

  4. Sammy Gill Says:

    No doubt ! one of the most impressive, stunning work I saw. Impressive !
    Keep the flame alive !
    Will come again here to understand- which camera u used …and more details.

  5. Amazing journey around the world.. with Power of my Two eyes:):)

  6. Whowhh, was für fantastische Fotos!!

    LG Mathilda

  7. […] der Hammer ist – wie schon so oft – eine Fotoserie bei Steve McCurry, diesmal unter dem Titel Power of […]

  8. J’espère qu’un jour je pourrais prendre des photos aussi belles que les votre. Elles sont absolument superbes et les citations vraiment à point.
    I wrote in French on purpose so you can try to find out what I said.

  9. from your serie on this blog, one of the most loved…

  10. Reblogged this on What a Joyful Day and commented:
    Great post:)

  11. Reblogged this on snoopy collection and commented:

  12. You are an amazing photographer

  13. All of the photos are absolutely amazing! The quotes are very touching.

  14. Stunning photos! xx

  15. You give me a deep sigh of relief!

  16. Reblogged this on Window on my world and commented:
    Beautiful and inspiring photo blog. Must share!

  17. Reblogged this on Baseball Mom Rules and commented:
    Stunning photos capturing “The Power of Two”.

  18. Absolutely stunning pictures!

  19. Reblogged this on One Girl's Journey and commented:
    Re-blogging this amazing post that touched my heart, not just beautiful visually but in it’s message too.

  20. Truly inspiring images these are. Thank you for giving us a peek across different nations with one unifying theme. Very insightful.

  21. These series says a lot to me.

  22. These photos are incredible.

  23. Reblogged this

  24. I like your photos and writing, very true.

  25. what delightful photographs

  26. Reblogged this on Esoteric Divulgence and commented:

    Absolutely love “One’s not half of two; two are halves of one.” – e e cummings

  27. All of them are lovely…especially where he sits by her…so beautiful and even prettily captioned…how apt! thank you for sharing your work…impressive and captivating

  28. Dao Dung Says:

    Reblogged this on Dao Dung.

  29. Reblogged this on McKinley Post and commented:
    Great lesson!

  30. Wow….beautiful. What a great post.

  31. Favorite of All: two children in Tibet–exquisite

  32. divine…thank you!

  33. I love, love, love this.

  34. Reblogged this on sabines blog | für dich and commented:
    How lovely… Ich liebe die Art von Steve McCurry, alltägliche Szenen fotografisch festzuhalten. Besonders dieser Artikel hat mich fasziniert. Es fühlte sich an wie eine ganze Weltreise.

  35. madrizz33 Says:

    Reblogged this on madrizz33 and commented:
    I absolutely love this. Love trending even in situations that seem deeply tough.

  36. truly amazing photos.
    the pictures are already communicating themselves to the viewers.:)

  37. I love your blog.. very nice colors

  38. Anonymous Says:

    Very nice post. I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts.

  39. wow that’s amazing ‘power of two’, really nice pictures

  40. Beautiful photos!

  41. Reblogged this on Mathuraayush1's Blog and commented:
    nice !!! i fell connected

  42. Beautiful piece!!

  43. Reblogged this on Chiemelaogu's Blog and commented:
    Great stuff

  44. Great work there steve and its worth every effort put into it !!! 👍

  45. Awesome and stunning photography~

  46. Wondeful images of life

  47. Such amazing photographs Steve. Great storytelling.


  48. So very moving… Extraordinary series…

  49. mattthomas444 Says:

    Great pictures

  50. Reblogged this on Two Cubed – It's All About Relationship and commented:
    I have been checking out WordPress’ “Freshly Pressed” blog highlights lately to learn from other bloggers. This one is beautiful! Enjoy! sb

  51. So powerful and truly inspiring. Great work!

  52. mette presthagen Says:

    Just gorgeous. Thank you.

  53. shaks-speaks Says:


  54. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!
    I would appreciate if you checked my blog. It’s a lifestyle and entertainment blog

  55. Lovely images. It’s nice to be reminded of the beauty of humanity for a change. Thank you.

  56. eileen049 Says:

    I’m so moved by this. Humans are truly beautiful creatures. Thank you so much for this post!

  57. […] Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. – Ecclesiastes 4 Jodhpur, India Istanbul, Turkey Shanghai, China One's not ha…  […]

  58. nissduman Says:

    I love Turkey & Italy pictures

  59. Guten Start in die neue Woche wünsch ich😉

  60. sosmani13 Says:


  61. So true.. Beautifully…:-)

  62. So so so beautiful!

  63. Very lovely, filled with love, friendship, passion and just a real sense of togetherness

  64. bildungsroman14 Says:

    Beautiful post. Thank you.

  65. Beautifully put together. Lovely:)

  66. Adam Zarwan Says:

    Stunning images.

  67. Anonymous Says:

    I need your help for my betterment in photography i mail you earlier when you were in travel with assignment.
    thank you

  68. […]  The magic of Steve McCurry’s photographic blog […]

  69. Reblogged this on Dancing in light and commented:
    Power of 2.

  70. Anonymous Says:

    Great pics as usual … !!!!!

  71. transformsiberia.com Says:

    As always Steve, your images are captivating. Thank you for sharing them, your images have impacted my life more than you know, ever since I was a kid reading Nat Geo! All the best, Alex

  72. Reblogged this on D-tales and commented:

  73. I simply LOVE it. Love is what your photos make me think of. Thank you for sharing

  74. Most Excellant!

  75. Anonymous Says:

    Oh my goodness! Impressive

  76. Beautiful photos!

  77. The little boy and girl in Yemen, I would love to know their story. As always, fabulous!

  78. Beautiful photos and the quotes complement them perfectly. Thank you.

  79. Fabulous – Inspirational!!!!

  80. Sheryl A VanVleck Says:

    I love every new post by you. They take me to lands that I will only visit in my dreams. They also show how similar we all are. Loved the Graffiti on the wall in Kabul, Afghanistan. It could have been New York or Chicago.

  81. Beautiful selection.

  82. The Hong Kong selfie is my favourite of a wonderful collection of photos.

  83. Meravigliose grazie

  84. Lovely. Nice to see humanity at peace.

  85. Anonymous Says:

    Mind blowing captures. too good

  86. Oh how I love your work, Steve! Absolutely stunning images that bring a sense of partnership and love to the surface.

  87. Reblogged this on Giai01's Blog and commented:

  88. Amazing perspective ……humanity and compassion do exist in our world. Are there ever exhibitions in australia?? Would love to see them in real life!

  89. Ana maria teresa de Hollanda cavalcanti Says:

    Great, as alwais!!!!

  90. The Brazil shot is beautiful, the Uganda shot is powerful, I felt instant sadness when I saw it

  91. Another beautiful gallery that speaks to our need for human connection in our lives. Bravo!

  92. Reblogged this on PGS – The Way and commented:
    Steve McCurry’s latest blog –

  93. Reblogged this on MbitProducer and commented:
    – What Is Fascinating –

  94. Reblogged this on HANNASWALK and commented:
    A moving odyssey about the power of being two

  95. Gorgeous photos!

  96. Very beautiful images of Life

  97. Reblogged this on lobischdelija and commented:
    Another great work pointing to the basics of humanity

  98. Reblogged this on mrleenote and commented:
    “Power of Two” by Steve McCurry´s Blog

  99. Very beautiful photos.!
    Very lovely images of life!
    Thank Steve McCurry.!

  100. The Master Never Disappoints

  101. Reblogged this on doppiouff's Blog and commented:
    Jodhpur, India

  102. Simply stunning

  103. I’m absolutely out of words!! Really beautiful and inspiring:)

  104. Rossana Says:

    Nothing to say but beutiful! Come to South America please!

  105. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    The “power of two” indeed … awesome photography!!!

  106. Argentina Gutierrez Says:

    Que Dios te de mucha vida para ver tus maravillas . LOVE YOU STEVE

  107. Wonderful inspiring series of images. A lot of people don’t manage to produce series, I include myself… Steve, what you showed here is highly inspiring!


  108. Two Words: Absolutely Beautiful

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