On Portraiture

Portraits reveal a desire for human connection;
a desire so strong that people who know they will never see me again
open themselves to the camera,  all in the hope that at the other end
someone will be watching,

someone who will laugh or suffer with them.







What could be more simple and more complex,
more obvious and more profound than a portrait.

– Charles Baudelaire





Baluchistan, Pakistan

Baluchistan, Pakistan

A good portrait is one that says something about the person.
We usually see parts of ourselves in others, so the

good portrait should also say something about the human condition.



Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

The most difficult thing for me is a portrait.
You have to try to put your camera between the
skin of a person and his shirt.

– Henri Cartier-Bresson



Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara, Nepal

Lambari, Brazil

Lambari, Brazil

Madhya Pradesh, India

Madhya Pradesh, India

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Photography and the genre of portraiture have enjoyed a
long and fruitful relationship.
From the beginning of depiction, the portrait has
invited its audience to recognize the
identity of the subject and then to remember.

– Anthony Bannon

Rajasthan, India






A true portrait should today and a hundred years from today, be the
testimony of how this person looked and
what kind of human being he was.
–  Philippe Halsman
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About Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry, recognized universally as one of today’s finest image-makers, has won many of photography’s top awards.
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82 Responses to On Portraiture

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  3. yu in kol says:

    Fun of Life!!!

  4. Kavita says:

    I would love to say that your photos are amazing.

  5. zypcia says:

    thank you so much your generosity and kindness transmited in your works

  6. WriterSan says:

    As an aspiring photojournalist, I am in awe of your talent in catching the “emotion” of those you photograph. .

  7. pranaygupte says:

    Most definitely the most brilliant portrait photographer of our times.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Saludos, GRACIAS por tu Labor. Eres digno de imitar por mi persona. Animo.

  9. Ved says:

    Great portraits

  10. Zahid Ameen says:

    Kashmir, my country 🙂 >>Love

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  11. Laura Wolke says:

    as always, moving & evocative

  12. yu in kol says:


  13. kksharma47 says:

    Such a great photography and it is very inspiring…. Thanks for sharing it.


  14. Reblogged this on Country Inspiration and commented:
    Steve’s portraits project character and depth

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  16. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful. As always, thank you.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Big fan of you anytime.. Cant express how much your photography inspires me !

  18. Thank you for sharing your gift …

  19. Martina Düwel says:

    Vielen Dank für diese wundervolle Fotos . Sie berühren mich auf eine ganz besondere Weise

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  21. Stuart Haman says:


  22. matrignadicenerentola says:

    thank you so much!

  23. Veronika Merz says:

    <un grand merci, vos portraits sont tellement profonds et inspirants, chacune permettrait d'écrire un livre. Magnifique!

  24. Sr. Dorcee says:

    Reblogged this on Wonder and Beauty and commented:
    The eye is the window of the soul.

  25. Always with fascination look over photos. I very like works. I am a photographer and always follow suit from you.

  26. effcaa says:

    Such great photographs!!! 🙂
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  27. Divya Shah says:

    Hi Steve

    I have always enjoyed your photographs whatever the theme. I must say this is my favourite so far. You can see expressions of determination, courage, resignation, innocence (in the children), contentment. What I thought was missing was a portrait of a person (or people) radiating joy at being alive.

  28. I think you are a spiritually moved finder and welcomer of others…and that is why your portraits glow with the truth, or one aspect of that truth. Always so appreciative of this.

  29. Your portraits of other human beings remind of how beautiful and fierce we are. I come away feeling less alone in the world. Thank you.

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  31. Mark Simms says:

    Excellent as always Steve……you really capture the soul of a person, the essence of what makes us human.

  32. Dynaries says:

    What a great pictures and portraits.

  33. readrichmuch says:

    i had begun to wonder
    then to worry
    then you return – what
    more can one ask for
    in pensive times?

  34. omar says:

    your works are beyond normal observation, lighting, mood and composition are just perfect.

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  36. Arun says:

    You pictures are amazing ..every one them is so colorful, intense and awe-inspiring

  37. Marci Wolff says:

    Thank you thank you for bringing us closer to ourselves and others.

  38. maria amalia suarez says:

    love your photos….ventanas al alma…thanks

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  40. hmunro says:

    I was fortunate to see some of these images as part of your “From These Hands” exhibit in Venice a couple of years ago — and again I am struck by the unique gift you have to make a profound connection with your subjects, and yet simultaneously be invisible as a narrator. There is such a wonderful candor and sense of “naturalness” to your images that very few other photographers achieve. THANK YOU for sharing your work here, and most importantly for shining a bright light on the fundamental humanity that unites us all.

  41. Amonsak says:

    Very inspiring.

  42. waehlefreude says:

    Reblogged this on Frank und frei and commented:
    Unglaubliche Bilder!

  43. waehlefreude says:

    Atemberaubend! Jedes Bild sagt so viel mehr, als Worte vermögen.


  44. there are no words,save for my eyes thank you.

  45. awesome pictures and great quotations

  46. Fegaraki says:

    Que sont beaux vos portraits απλά υπέροχα.

  47. Mansukh says:

    “when you take a photograph of someone, you take a portrait of their soul”

    Thank you Stevebhai for these beautiful and diverse portraits, each one tells a unique story.

  48. steve mccurry,the colors of life,beautiful portraits

  49. paula graham says:

    Terrific in every way

  50. Ted Jerome says:

    Absolutely spellbinding. Thank you for the inspiration!

  51. kandm405 says:

    Breathtakingly beautiful – thank you.

  52. Mr McCurry, thank you!

  53. Zahid Ameen says:

    Awesome !
    your photography work shows the real beauty with perfection. While you have got chance to travel across the world, you have used this change fully.
    Really really great photographic approach
    love it.

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  54. susana denda says:

    I always love your photos!!!!!and this portraits are also fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. Bill Bennett says:

    Reblogged this on PGS – The Way and commented:
    Steve McCurry is one of the greatest portrait photographers of all time. His Afghan Girl portrait for the cover of National Geographic is one of the most iconic portraits ever taken…

  56. Marilee says:

    You provide a window to global humanity, like no other. Such beauty in each and every photo. Sometimes brutal, sometimes innocence, but always touching the soul.

  57. As always Steve, wonderful work!



  59. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant. Inspirational. A reminder of the complexity and richness of human culture.

  60. Myrna Rosa says:

    Thank you. It’s wonderful to see the diversity of humans, and the commonality. You beautify my world.

  61. jcfrechilla says:

    Reblogged this on Frechilla Fotografía and commented:
    Magistral como siempre. Perfectos encuadres, luces impresionantes….

  62. Hermosas como siempre las fotografias en el centro cultural Borges . lOVE YOU .

  63. Wonderful work! Thank you and keep it up! May we all see the human in humans around us.

  64. Doug. Bell says:

    These portraits ignite an inner travel lust in me. As usual, outstanding!

  65. giai01 says:

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  66. pawan269 says:

    Telling a story using portrait photos is only a genius can do.

    I wish not to start a debate but I think people of developed countries are good in hiding emotions and hardship of their life.

  67. Mr McCurry, your work inspires me every time I see it. Thank you for giving a voice to so many!

  68. Love your work. I’ve dedicated a Pinterest board to your photos. Thanks for sharing the faces of the world with us.

  69. Leonard says:

    Thank you Steve. Absolutely perfect as always.

  70. D. says:

    Your portraits are a pure & universal answer to the mystery of the soul.

  71. Art with a huge A ……. !!!!!!!

  72. Anna Rita Carrisi says:

    thank you

  73. Jane Lurie says:

    The stories you tell with your portraits are stunning, Steve. I learn something in every one.

  74. Avahan says:

    Dear Steve.

    Always a big fan of the compassion in your pictures.

    Please check out my instagram blog at

    The Resplendent Soul. I wish I can get your feedback. It’s a spiritual and cultural travel blog from India.

  75. pmdello says:

    Thank you for these portraits and quotations.

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