Indeed, this life is a test. It is a test of many things –
of our convictions and priorities, our faith and our faithfulness,
our patience and our resilience, and in the end, our ultimate desires.
– Sheri L. Dew

Kandahar, Afghanistan

Resilience is accepting your new reality,
even if it’s less good than the one you had before.
– Elizabeth Edwards

Angkor Wat, Angkor, Cambodia
Zagreb, Croatia

..more than education, or training, and individual’s level of
resilience will determine who succeeds & who fails
– Harvard Business Review, 2002

Porbandar, India

Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.
– Bern Williams

Karelia, Russia

A good half of the art of living is resilience.
– Alain de Botton

Kathaluwa, Sri Lanka

Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected…
– Jamais Cascio

Kabul, Afghanistan
Beirut, Lebanon

Obstacles, of course, are developmentally necessary:
they teach kids strategy, patience,
critical thinking, resilience and resourcefulness.
– N. Wolf


Human beings have enormous resilience.
– Muhammad Yunus

Kabul, Afghanistan
Kandahar, Afghanistan

In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle
together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life.
– Albert Bandura


The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.
– Ernest Hemingway

United States Mexico Border

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in
prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
– Horace

Peshawar, Pakistan
Bombay, India

The Importance of Elsewhere
October 18th – November 12th, 2017
Cavalier Galleries
3 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

October 19th – November 17th, 2017
Patricia Conde Gallery
Rio Hudson 360B
Col. Del Valle
San Pedro Garza Garcia
Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

September 12th – November 5th, 2017
Flo Peters Gallery
Pumpen 8, 20095 Hamburg, Germany

Steve McCurry – Icons
July 1st – November 5th, 2017
Museo Civico Piero della Francesca
Via Niccolo’ Aggiunti, 65, 52037 Sansepolcro AR, Italy

Steve McCurry
October 6th – February 3rd, 2017
Sheldon Art Galleries
3648 Washington Boulevard
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63108

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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36 replies on “Resilience”

Your photographs are great we all know…what impresses me most about these posts are the perfect match of photos and texts, these meaningful quotations that perfectely attach to each photography…thanks, Steve, for sharing this beauty with all of us…antonio

I am in a difficult period to live so it helps me a lot to think resilience and survie ,and photos give me the sense of the beauty of life ,and yours show me how people are in our difficult world and can live and appreciate every moment

Thank you for all those enlightening photos. I can feel there is one touching story behind each photo. They really make my day.

The photo of the young girl in Kabul has always been my favorite of yours. While so many of your photos are a testament to the human spirit, this photo, for me is deeply affecting.

I have always admire your work and the ability to match astonishing images with wise, powerful reflections. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I always admire your work and the ability of matching astonishing photographs with powerful profound reflections. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thank you Stevebhai for sharing these moving,heart breaking images from throughout the world
These photographs show how resilient the human spirit is.

”Resilience is the ability to work with adversity in such a way that one comes through it unharmed or even better for the experience. Resilience means facing life’s difficulties with courage and patience – refusing to give up. It is the quality of character that allows a person or group of people rebound from misfortune, hardships and traumas.

Resilience is rooted in a tenacity of spirit—a determination to embrace all that makes life worth living even in the face of overwhelming odds. When we have a clear sense of identity and purpose, we are more resilient, because we can hold fast to our vision of a better future.

Much of our resilience comes from community—from the relationships that allow us to lean on each other for support when we need it.”

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