Family Portraits

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
– Will Durant

Gujarat, India


Lambari, Brazil

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction,
the cement that binds closer together, and
the music that brings harmony.
– Eva Burrows

Sahel region

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

– Jane Howard


There is only one good-looking child in the world,
and every mother has it.
– Chinese Proverb

Skopje, Macedonia, Yugoslavia

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you,
but at the same time you carry them with you
in your heart, your mind, your stomach,

because you do not just live in a world.
A world lives in you. 

– Frederick Buechner

Moscow, Russia

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.  
–  George Santayana

Hudaydah, Yemen


Myanmar (Burma)

There is no better classroom
than the family table.
– Kaye Earle

Perugia, Umbria, Italy


Kham, Tibet

Our family dinner table was like Speakers’ Corner in London.  
We discussed, debated, argued, declaimed –
all of us at the same time.
– E. Thomson Earl


The family is link to our past, bridge to our future.
– Alex Haley




The two things we can give our children are roots which firmly anchor them,
and wings which allow them to become independent.

Seoul, South Korea


Maimana, Afghanistan
Tiguent, Mauritania

What can you do to promote world peace?
Go home and love your family.
– Mother Teresa

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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42 replies on “Family Portraits”

Thank You. you always bring a light of enlightenment of the enormous world we live in and your photos give us knowledge to everyone. They always have a moving and profound effect on how I think.

Superb set of strong images, as always. Thank you for sharing your love of the family around the globe. With the continuous news barrage on bloodshed, you shine a light on what makes us human and that common bond. Family and peace. That and the way you construct your images is inspiring to us all.

Every time I see your pictures I am in awe, I am spelled with wanderlust and I wish to join you on such a trip, any.

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