Conversation is food for the soul.”
– Mexican Proverb

Lourdes, France
Angkor, Cambodia
Los Angeles, California, USA

Love without conversation is impossible.”
– Mortimer Adler

Camino, Italy

“In my opinion, the most fruitful and natural play of the mind is in conversation. I find it sweeter than any other action in life; and if I were forced to choose, I think I would rather lose my sight than my hearing and voice.”
– Michel de Monta


“The character of a man is known from his conversations.”
– Menander, 342 – 292 BCE


“My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation;
that is what I call good company.”
– Jane Austen

Amritsar, India
Nouakchott, Mauritania

“The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others.”
– Jean de la Bruyere, 1803 – 1873

Baalbek, Lebanon
Pristina, Kosovo, Yugoslavia

“The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another’s observation, not overturning it.”
– Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton, 1803 – 1873

Baluchistan, Pakistan

“The most fruitful and natural exercise for our minds is, in my opinion, conversation.”
– Michel de Montaigne



We invite you to check out Steve’s current and upcoming exhibitions:

Steve McCurry: Icons – Conegliano
October 6 – March 2, 2022
Conegliano, Italy
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Steve McCurry: Icons – Madrid (Coming Soon)
November 17 – February 13, 2022
Madrid, Spain

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The Eyes of Humanity (Coming Soon)
November 19 – March 27, 2022
Vienne, Austria

Animals (Coming Soon)
November 27 – May 1, 2022
Torino, Italy

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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15 replies on “Tête-à-tête”

Such priceless and timeless works. Conversation is so important for us and we are loosing this nowadays being engulfed by modern technologies and nothing can replace the joy and emotional value of conversation. Love all the masterpieces in this phenomenal series. 🙏🏼❤️

I love McCurry’s work. I am always impressed with the beauty of his photographs and the wisdom in the quotes he chooses. I especially liked this quote in this collection: “The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another’s observation, not overturning it.”
– Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton, 1803 – 1873

A beautifully curated blog and a reminder to us all of importance of our human need for communication through conversation.

What a lovely post when so many of us are lost to others as we are perpetually looking down at our phones. Thank you for the reminder of what real living is all about.

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