Art of Friendship

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca


Luoyang, China


Myanmar (Burma)
There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. 

– Thomas Aquinas

Loikaw, Myanmar (Burma)

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends.
I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.
– Jane Austen


A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly,
takes all patiently, defends courageously, and
continues a friend unchangeably.

– William Penn


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

Pagan, Myanmar (Burma)


Katmandu, Nepal




Chiang Mai, Thailand


Kampala, Uganda

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

Bombay, India

Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love.
Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.

-Elie Wiesel



Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.


A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cape Town, South Africa



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


Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
-Mencius, Chinese philosopher, 4th cent. BCE

California, USA
Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.

– Rabindranath Tagore




By Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

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124 replies on “Art of Friendship”

Such beautiful images, sensitively capturing the essence of friendship. While enjoying a Sunday afternoon eating and sipping cooled wine in his huge and beautifully manicured garden, a good friend of mine, not a eloquent as those you have quoted, correctly said… A man can have all the material possessions he likes, but without mates, he has nothing.

Man without at least one friend have no true enjoyment in life. With a friend, we can be on deserted Island, or in middle of some jungle, or under the water or anywhere in the world and we’ll feel enjoy and happiness. Without a friend, there is no such thing as happy life.

Wow, your photos are beautiful. They speak so much about what real friendship looks like; all it takes is someone who is willing to stand by another. The rest follows.

Such wonderful photos with words expressing what friendship means to many. I pressed this to my site. For some reason the reblog button didn’t work. But your work should be shared with more than some who just stumble upon it.

This is a beautiful article! All the different people from different places; it’s beautiful. It’s sometimes really hard to, not only make friends, but keep them. But what do you think a true friend is?

This is just gorgeous. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I will be sending a link to the handful of people who have graced my life by being this kind of friend.

Your photos and words in this post are very touching. You captured friendship in all its many forms. — barbara

Beautiful and insightful. In the USA, many get friendship wrong. They value others on appearances, belongings, success. Lose everything & you find out who your true friends are. Bravo, very well done 👏🏻

Every time I see your pictures, I’m deeply suprised by their beauty. You always catch the perfect moment, light and feeling. Thanks for sharing. There is a lot to learn from your marvelous work.

The pictures bring more meaning to what friendship is really aboit. I love this. Continue the good work. Can i use any of them for my write ups? I will give the photo credit to you.

Mr. McCurry, your work has inspired me since I was a little girl and has fueled the fire of my own personal journey for photography and photojournalism. This piece is one of the reasons why my passion for photography and journalism is so strong, to see the simple good things in life and highlight it but to show people from around the world demonstrating the simple word…friendship! Beautifully done!

Steve, your work is so very beautiful. Thank you for such work that opens our hearts and souls.

Ohhh, those three French women under the similarly bent and stooping tree. It’s great to see them again. And that knobby finger in the air!! Hilarious and perfect. The two old men pausing for a break in the sweatshop in India or Pakistan or thereabouts — what felicity of vision and moment! (What ARE they making in that factory by the way?)

You have taken an all too underappreciated word and opened our minds to the deeper meaning of this all too rare human experience. Your images speak far more profoundly than words.

What a thought provoking and captivating post. I can sit for a long time and philosophise over text and images.
Friendship, the most important and constructive topic in the world ❤
Thanks for the journey, Steve McCurry!

Bellas imágenes y grandes verdades sobre el tesoro más preciado : La Amistad !
Gracias por éste regalo !

I love the many different faces of friendship you’ve shown us — from old friends to caretakers to elephants. Gorgeous, inspiring work.

You are one of the only photographers I know that can capture emotion. Inspirational work as usual.

Beautiful, per usual, as a photographer myself, you are an inspiration. Your sensitivity and empathy truly touch my heart. The world truly needs voices like yours, you find the beauty that is often hidden in the darkest corners. For that, I’m am truly grateful.

” One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”
Simply amazing photos around the globe. Each photo is simply beautiful, one is compelled to look at each photo again and again and each image tells a beautiful story.
Thank you Stevebhai

Steve, you are so much more than a gifted photographer (not that you want to hear that), but you are a wise man using exceptional images with profound quotes to create wonderful stories. Thank you, again.

Lovely work as ever. The best portraiture is always achieved when there is a spark between photographer and subject metyhinks. Just how you manage to nail it every time makes me wonder how big the pile is on your cutting room floor and I’m guessing it’s not particularly large. Inspiring as always. Thank you Steve McCurry

Touching images of “Me and my shadow”.
Especially the one with the two little monks in Bagan, Myanmar.
Thank you Mr. McCurry !

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