Every Day is Mothers’ Day


Havana, Cuba

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.
– Robert Browning

Bamiyan, Afghanistan
Tagong, Kham, Tibet
Mississippi, USA

It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?
– Mahatma Gandhi

Oaxaca, Mexico
Republic of Montenegro
Hong Kong, China

All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
– Abraham Lincoln

Lhasa, Tibet

Mother is the name for God in the lips
and hearts of little children. 

– William Makepeace Thackeray

Srinagar, Kashmir

Mother: the most beautiful word
on the lips of mankind.
—Kahlil Gibran

Tokyo, Japan
Paris, France 

Artists have been depicting the special bond between mothers and their children for hundreds of years.

Rybinsk, Russia 

Relationships can be difficult to describe, and sometimes an image tells the story better than words. One of the most powerful and unforgettable photos depicting a mother and her children in the history of photography is Dorothea Lange’s photograph of a destitute mother and her children taken in 1936.

Dorothea Lange said in an interview about the picture, “She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean-to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me.” 

Sahel, Mali
Mumbai, India 
Kamdesh, Afghanistan

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law…
– Agatha Christie

Doris Mae Stevens McCurry holding Steve, Baltimore, MD

Music: Reverie by Scott Buckley

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.

To read more about Steve go to

36 replies on “Every Day is Mothers’ Day”

Never tell me
I can’t do it.
To me, I danced
With two hearts.
And I breathed
With four lungs.
To me, I’ve been ice
Fire and wind.
I’ve taken
In my belly
The weight of two worlds,
And I have born
Life is screaming.
That I embraced
To sadness without fear.
And I cried smiles.
Don’t tell me
That I’m not capable
Of something.
Or everything.
– Eva López Martinez

I love this so much and know that my self as a mother is my very best self.
However, the photo from Kamdesh, Afghanistan breaks my heart. That girl must be no more than 14 years old. She is a child. Please visit and also see the extraordinary work by Stephanie Sinclair, especially in National Geographic and on Instagram. This is one of the world’s greatest travesties and none of us should look away from it. All that said, thank you for this (mostly) beautiful post.

It is always a great emotion to admire your beautiful photos and some of these are also very moving! Thank you Steve!!!🌟

It is always a great emotion to admire your photos and some of these are very moving. Thank you Steve!
Ciao Mamma 🌟

Thank you for the beautiful tribute to mothers! I love your photos, they bring tears to my eyes!

As a mother, I can say that I was born the same time my son was born. And that umbilical cord, which is necessarily cut off, will always remain alive and pulsating in the heart. Then when you are the mother of an autistic child you realize how difficult it is to be a perfect mother, but you hope to be a good mother. Thanks for this tribute to all mothers in the world.

Such beautiful images. No matter how many times one sees the Dorothea Lange image, it never fails to touch the heart, thanks for sharing it, Steve. Let us also not forget the mother of us all, this incomparable jewell, earth.

The flag is of former country Yugoslavia, not Montenegro… Montenegro was one of the republic in Yugoslavia…

Who else can capture this special and most valuable relationship between a mother and child so well other than you. Sir! Loved to see you with your mother. A special series which touched me.

Vivek Sen

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