Portraits of Innocence



Every child you encounter is a divine appointment.
– Wess Stafford

Bagan, Burma

Every child comes with the message that
God is not yet discouraged of man.
– Rabindranath Tagore

Kabul, Afghanistan


Oaxaca, Mexico

You must work — we all must work —
to make this world worthy of its children.
– Pablo Casals

Kabul, Afghanistan


Children are the living messages we send to a
time we will not see.
– President John F. Kennedy


The soul is healed by being with children.
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Oaxaca, Mexico

Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.
 – Fred Rogers



The best inheritance a parent can give his children
is a few minutes of his time each day.

— Orlando Aloysius Battista

Kham, Tibet


When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments —
tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become.
–  Louis Pasteur



Essence of Life
Nantucket, Massachusetts
July 18 – 28, 2019

Le Monde de Steve McCurry
Lyon, France
Ends July 21, 2019

Visages de L’Innocence
Barbizon, France
Ends September 22, 2019

Steve McCurry: Animals
Aosta, Italy
Ends October 5, 2019

27 thoughts on “Portraits of Innocence

  1. It’s photographs like these that helps to make the world a better place for children. Outstanding work as always.

  2. Amazing job. These portraits are powerful and rich of poetry. Those children are everybody’s children, and we must love them as we love our own.
    I mostrly appreciated Oralndo Aloysius Battista’s words:
    The best inheritance a parent can give his children
    is a few minutes of his time each day.

  3. They bring you such joy, love and fullfilment in life and hope for the future. great images and
    they deserve all the praise Steve receives on here.

  4. I feel that all children are my children and grandchildren. I appreciate your photos of children from around the world. I hope that we adults invest in their future with wisdom.

  5. Such poignant, vibrant and moving portraits. I’m with Fred Rogers- we must help all children to reach their potential and keep them from harm. Thank you, Steve, for honoring them.

  6. No kid is unsmart. Every child is a genius in something. We, the teachers, have to discover it and encourage it.
    Seen on a kindergarten wall in Nepal.

    1. Steve, I love all your pictures and all your thoughts behind them, but with this post you have reached my heart completely, and there are no many words… thank you!🙏

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