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




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 Art of Friendship


  2. Great great great – appreciative and human – I love your photos- I love the statements without words – Super!
    Greetings from Germany 🙂

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  4. Anonymous says:


  5. Michael J. says:

    Amazing captured moments. I ♥ all of them

  6. The pictures are amazing!

  7. Steve, your photos are legendary, congrats on years of fantastic work. Thank you.

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  9. barbara says:

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

  10. Reblogged this on Roaming the roads and commented:
    Some truly beautiful captures

  11. Hege Ravdal says:

    So thoughtful, insightful, inspirational and beautiful! Thank you!

  12. reelee007 says:

    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 👏🏻

  13. Steve Your work is great.Very touching.Thank you.

  14. Martina Düwel says:

    Thank you for this wonderful photos. I love them

  15. Emanuela Magi says:

    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.

  16. Helen L Scott says:

    Reblogged this on Helen L Scott || Artist.

  17. Eugene Zafra says:

    Thank you Steve.

  18. Thank you for yet another wonderful journey .. friendship

  19. What a great post – made my day reading it and looking at it – beautiful.

  20. Not only are the photos beautiful, but they carry great meaning. Thank you for sharing such a powerful artistic idea.

  21. Sr. Dorcee says:

    Reblogged this on Wonder and Beauty and commented:
    Friendship beautifully portrayed by Steve McCurry.

  22. Oh my God.. Its amazing… Love this ❤

  23. louise says:

    Vos photos sont magnifiques ainsi que les pensées qui les accompagnent !!! Merci beaucoup!

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  25. Emmanuel Kofi Addo says:

    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.


  27. 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!

  28. Anonymous says:

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

  29. You proceed with your heart; masterpieces. thank you.

  30. photoshuttle says:

    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?)

  31. Reblogged this on Dissociaton with Jazzy Bell and commented:
    What we all need right now…

  32. Really really beautiful photos!

  33. taphian says:

    wonderful and moving photos as well as quotes

  34. Anonymous says:

    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.

  35. The best examples for “A picture is worth a thousand words “!

  36. Anonymous says:

    thanks for sharing with all sir…

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  38. Hanna says:

    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!

  39. Birte Hagen says:

    Simply touching the heart!

  40. Marianne says:

    Very beautiful. Thank you once again for the world you opened up.

  41. Carmen Sainz says:

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

  42. vflowermad says:

    Beautiful, words fail to feel the emotion that talks through the photographs

  43. Heide says:

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

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  45. Kurt K Gledhill says:

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

  46. Maria says:

    Truly beautiful!
    Thank you!

  47. Your photos are inspirational as well as beautiful

  48. Jesus Torres says:

    True reflections with beautiful realities. Thanks Steve.

  49. Gerry says:

    This is the simplicity of life.

  50. Tom Kostes says:

    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.

  51. thank you Steve McCurry!!! really awesome

  52. Anonymous says:

    Your pictures are poetry

  53. pmdello says:

    Love the girls under the umbrella. All the photos are special but that one struck me as perfect.

  54. magicfjords says:

    Just beautiful. Thank you!

  55. Amazing photos as always. I love your themed collections. 🙂

  56. Mansukh Shah says:

    ” 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

  57. DD says:

    Sei il piu’ bravo fotografo del mondo!
    Grazie per le tue visioni

  58. Anonymous says:

    the colors of life,beautiful, thank you steve mccurry

  59. paula graham says:

    Very, very poignant stuff…what hardship many face and still manage to smile.

  60. Bill Bennett says:

    Reblogged this on PGS – The Way and commented:
    The strongest characteristics of Steve McCurry’s photography are his humanism, his empathy, and his compassion.

  61. 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.

  62. Kathy says:

    Wonderful work as always Steve. Love them all.

  63. Valery says:

    A good series of photographs of friendship.

  64. Donna says:

    Thank you for touching our Souls with your wonderful work.

  65. This is such a wonderful post… the joy of friendship to find somebody to share your thoughts or just to know they are there is such a soothing feeling. Thanks for compiling this…

  66. sidthemanager says:

    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

  67. Mai Tống says:

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

  68. leanpower says:

    Reblogged this on amijkopstein and commented:
    Beautiful addition to Steve’s blogs.

  69. Two words: Thank you!
    You put a capital “H” to Humanity.

  70. Sue says:

    Beautifully elucidated

  71. Jane Lurie says:

    An uplifting post, Steve. Thank you for capturing these beautiful moments of friendship.

  72. Dr. Rex says:

    Your work is simply amazing!! It transports me to faraway lands. Thank you for sharing all of this!!

  73. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Steve McCurry photography is simply awesome! ❤️

  74. Dino says:

    You and your photos are really perfect! Thank you!

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