Hand in Hand


Remember, we all stumble, every one of us.
That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.
– Emily Kimbrough

Sicily, Italy
Kabul, Afghanistan

Nothing in this world compares to the
comfort and security of having
someone just hold your hand.

– Richelle E. Goodrich

Amdo, Tibet

Trails need to be wider so people can walk while holding hands.
– Dave Barry

Istanbul, Turkey
Dublin, Ireland

Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the
beginning of a journey.

-Vera Nazarian

Omo Valley, Ethiopia
Kampala, Uganda

And it is still true, no matter how old you are,
when you go out into the world it is
best to hold hands and stick together.

– Robert Fulghum

Hajjah, Yemen
Sicily, Italy

You are only as good as your reach;
you must hold hands with others.

– Peter Legge

Zagreb, Croatia

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.
-Audrey Hepburn


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 “Hand in Hand”

Your photo of the girl in Myanmar/Burma, is exceptional, because her eyes are telling a story of her life, usually, people are aware of the camera and there is awkwardness about the situation — generally, there is some amount of affectation, however, this girl’s eyes are pleading with the viewer to see her plight, as are the drips from her nose.
The plight of Muslims in Myanmar/Burma, is horrifying and it seems to me that her eyes and factual expression tell the sad story of the voiceless Rohinga Muslims living in Myanmar/Burma, which has a reputation for being peaceful (Buddhist monks, and all that), but things are not as they appear in that country…
As usual, your photos are perfection, true art, for your photos transcend the medium of photography, and become a journey into the human experience.

Thank you Steve, these Pictures are Beautiful & do so much more than words can. Enjoy your Life & Thanks for giving so many a Good Feeling.

Your photographs are so compelling. Thank you for shedding light on people of diverse ethnicities, economic levels, and religious persuasions. At heart, each one is a human being worthy of recognition of their individual value and you bring that quality to life with your beautiful photos. I’m curious as to the meaning of the hooded garb the men are wearing in the photo of the nun in Sicily and have been unsuccessful in finding an explanation. Do you know the history?

I could not have expressed my thoughts of Steve’s work better, Marian. I was lucky enough to visit a Steve McCurry exhibition in Porto recently and it was such a privilege to see his body of work.
Regarding your question on the hooded men in Sicily, it is likely a Holy Week procession where the tradition is for men to walk wearing penitents’ hoods.
I am though very intrigued by the other photography from Sicily of the child in costume – is this a Holy Week tradition too?

Thank you, Fran. Sadly, a version of the penitents’ hoods has been co-opted for less religious purposes.

The power and emotion of your photographs make such a difference in people’s lives. You show the world what it means to be human. Wishing you all the best in the year ahead and always.

Someone once told me that how we use our hands is what most makes us human and separates us from the other creatures of the earth … and as you’ve shown in this post it’s our hands that draw us closest to other humans too. Thank you for continuing to do and share your beautiful work, Steve. You make the world a better place by reminding us all of our shared humanity. Peace and happiness to you in the year ahead.

You are the best Steve. Your pictures speak so much, without saying a word. You bring out the soul of the person and you can feel what they are feeling. Keep up the good work. Wish you all the best in life.

Hi, Steve – this is my favorite of all of your Blog posts. The photos were tender, beautiful and meaningful. The quotes were great and added a lot to your photos. Happy New Year!

It’s always a treat to see your pictures. They evoke so much emotion and remind us about love, beauty in all people. I hope we learn to hold each other’s hands. Thank you for sharing your photos and have a Happy New Year.

Thank you Stevebhai. Beautiful captivating images and wonderful quotes received on New years Eve. I wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR !

My most poignant moments are the memory of holding my father’s hand toward the end of his life and now when my grandson who is 3, wants to hold mine. Thank you for this Steve. And Happy Everything!

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