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


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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40 Responses to Hand in Hand

  1. yu in kol says:

    Well! It is Love indeed!!!

  2. Amazing captures and amazing thought, you have shared a nice post. Thanks a lot for sharing this post.

  3. Geneviève says:

    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.

  4. Anonymous says:

    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.

  5. Marian Vittinghoff says:

    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?

    • Fran Maguire says:

      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?

      • Marian Vittinghoff says:

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

  6. Anonymous says:

    When holding someone’s hand, there is no needs of words.
    Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures

  7. the colors of life,steve mccurry,beautiful

  8. This was so beautiful, it has left me speechless. Thank you, and Happy New Year!

  9. Linda Winn says:

    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.

  10. Outstanding and worth visiting everytime.

  11. Heide says:

    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.

  12. matrignadicenerentola says:

    happy new year and thank you, Steve

  13. Fabiola says:

    This time the images are very sad.

  14. Al Stegmeyer says:

    You are an American treasure.

    Please…Peace in the new year…

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  16. eduardolibby says:

    This one I really liked… Happy New Year Steve!

  17. lili Soleil. says:

    I do so love your blogs they are so heart walming.

  18. Beautiful as always. May you continue into the New year in good health and may you be happy.

  19. Rani says:

    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.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful, heartwarming photos. Life is always better with a hand to hold!

  21. Jean McCurry says:

    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!

  22. hypercryptical says:

    Wonderful images – thank you.
    There is nothing so comforting as anothers hand in mine.
    Anna :o]

  23. Myrna says:

    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.

  24. Tom Kostes says:

    You always touch my heart, Steve McCurry. Happy New Year, and Thank You.

  25. Donna says:

    Thank you for the warmth in all of these beautiful portraits.

  26. Donna says:

    So wonderful! Thank you for all of your beautiful portraits that brings hope to us all in this World.

  27. Laura says:

    Beautiful… Happy New Yesr Steve!

  28. Happy New Year Mr.McCurry, thanks for the wonderful photo’s and look forward to more in t he new year.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful. Such emotion in the eyes of so many. A profound reminder of the power of human touch.

  30. Mansukh Shah says:

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

  31. Peg Bowden says:

    I hope you are holding hands with those you love on this New Year’s Eve, 2017.

  32. heyjude195430 says:

    Best. Post. Ever.

  33. Steve McCurry Studios says:

    Hi Bon , love the blog ! Thanks!


  34. Gerry Walden says:

    As superb as always. Your blog posts never disappoint.

  35. Beautiful. We all need a hand to hold. A hand to give. A hand to squeeze. A hand to pat.

  36. everythingbecky says:

    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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