#photography FAMILY PORTRAITS by Steve McCurry

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
– Will Durant


National Geographic April, 2000 - Vol 5, N 4..Al Hudaydah, Yemen, 1997, YEMEN-10138 MAX PRINT SIZE: 60X80 After eons of trade, Yemen's tie to Africa is strongest in the Tihamah plain on the Red Sea coast, where Africa colors everything from the face of a girl to mud houses thatched with reeds. Yet the resemblance is only skin-deep, say Yemenis. "Our Soul," says one man, "is Arab to the core." Vol. 197 No. 4 04/2000 National Geographic African inspired dwellings on the Tihamah plain along the Red Sea coast, Yemen, 1997. Pg 163, Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 6/4/2013
Hudaydah, Yemen, 1997
Kham, Tibet, China, 1999, TIBET-10522. Tea at a household in Kham, Tibet, during the festival. The fair takes place outside, yet I was curious to see how people lived and to see inside a local house. So I started knocking on doors and they let me in right away. Retouched_Sonny Fabbri 05/21/2014
Kham, Tibet, China, 1999,

Our family dinner table was like Speakers’ Corner in London.  
We discussed, debated, argued, declaimed –
all of us at the same time.
– E. Thomson Earl

_DSC0019, Moscow, Russia, 03/2015, RUSSIA-10136. Family reading on their couch. DO NOT LICENSE OR DISTRIBUTE retouched_Sonny Fabbri 05/09/2015
Moscow, Russia, 03/2015,

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.  
–  George Santayana

00668_10, Paraguay, PARAGUAY-10016. A family poses in front of their home. Retouched_Ashley Crabill 06/24/2013
Paraguay, PARAGUAY-10016.

The family is link to our past, bridge to our future.
– Alex Haley


00356_20, Kashmir, 1998, KASHMIR-10117. A woman paddles a shikara down a stream with her children. IG: A woman with her children paddles a shikara near Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir. Shikaras are made of deodar trees, also known as trees of God or divine wood. 02/02/2015 05/15/2017 retouched_Sonny Fabbri 08/04/2016
Kashmir, 1998

There is only one good-looking child in the world,
and every mother has it.
– Chinese Proverb

_DSC4078, Seoul, South Korea, 07/2016, KOREA-10086. Family walks through street with neon signs. retouched_Anders Jones 08/10/2016
Seoul, South Korea, 07/2016, KOREA-10086. Family walks through street with neon signs.
retouched_Anders Jones 08/10/2016
00051_10, Skopje, Macedonia, Yugoslavia, 1989, MACEDONIA-10002NF. An ethnic Albanian farm family, Skopje, Macedonia. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 5/29/2013
Skopje, Macedonia, Yugoslavia, 1989

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you,
but at the same time you carry them with you
in your heart, your mind, your stomach,

because you do not just live in a world.
A world lives in you. 

– Frederick Buechner


00010_10 MAURITANIA-10003 CAPTION: A boy with his Mother and Grandmother. Tiguent, Mauritania, 1986. MAX PRINT SIZE: 30x40 A boy with his Mother and Grandmother, Tiguent, Mauritania, 1986 There is a pensive expression on the faces of all members of this family, although it is unclear what they are looking at. The vivid azure of the boy's clothing immediately strikes the eye. It is a moment of flamboyance among the muted tones of the surrounding desert and the mother and aunt's dark chadors. Magnum Photos, NYC107696, MCS1986006K139 Phaidon, Iconic Images, final book_iconic, page 139. Tucking loaves of French bread under arm, a boy accompanies his mother and aunt in Tiguent, Mauritania. European food preferences supplant those based on illet and sorghum. The Sahel produces only 4 percent of the wheat it consumes, so grain for this bread is probably foreign food aid. Imports drive the local grain price lower, discouraging farmers and perpetuating dependency on aid. National Geographic: William S. Ellis. Africa's Sahel: The Stricken Land. National Geographic (August 1987 vol. 172 (20) pg. 160 (NF) final print_HERMITAGE Iconic_Book final print_Milan final print_Birmingham retouched_Sonny Fabbri 8/04/2016

What can you do to promote world peace?
Go home and love your family.
– Mother Teresa

_DSC1927, Perugia, Umbria, Italy, 04/2013, ITALY-10568. A family sits down to dinner, Perugia. IG OLD: A family enjoys a meal together in Perugia, Italy. September 8, 2015 IG: Here's a toast to 2017! HAPPY NEW YEAR! I photographed this festive lunch in Perugia, Italy. 12/31/2016 IG OLD: A family enjoys a meal together in Perugia, Italy. 09/08/2016 CHECK IMAGE USAGE. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 02/04/2014
Perugia, Umbria, Italy,

What can you do to promote world peace?
Go home and love your family.
– Mother Teresa

00465_11, Indonesia, Monsoons, Indonesia, 03/1984, INDONESIA-10021NF2. Family gathers in their flooded living room. "Life continues as normal for the family in the flooded living room, Bojonegoro, Java, Indonesia." (Monsoon, 73) Monsoon_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 5/11/2015
Monsoons, Indonesia, 03/1984,
Gujart, India
00204_12, Myanmar, Burma, 04/1994, BURMA-10147NF2, Buddhist monks walk past a family eating on a table. retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 02/04/2016
Myanmar, Burma, 04/1994,

There is no better classroom
than the family table.
– Kaye Earle

00094_15, Maimana, Afghanistan, 2003, AFGHN-12369. CAPTION: Family Rides a Donkey. Maimana, Afghanistan, 2003. MAX PRINT SIZE: 30X40 IG: This father in Northern Afghanistan takes his children home from a trip to the market.? 01/08/2015 01/01/2017 There is evidence that this ancient town was inhabited as early as the 12th century BCE. MCS2003005K102, NYC65651 final print_perugia final print_MACRO final print_Sao Paulo retouched_Sonny Fabbri 03/09/2017 MAX PRINT SIZE: 30X40
Maimana, Afghanistan, 2003,
01046_15, The Sahel, Africa, 09/1986, AFRICA-10289NF. Family sits on the floor with tea. retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 02/17/2016
The Sahel, Africa, 09/1986,

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

– Jane Howard


00554_01, Baluchistan, 1981, BALUCHISTAN-10007. A family in a doorway. retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 8/2015

The two things we can give our children are roots which firmly anchor them, and wings which allow them to become independent.

_DSC4677, Lavazza, Lambari, Brazil, 08/2010, BRAZIL-10106NF3. A young boy looks out the window of his parentsÕ truck. MAX PRINT SIZE 40x60 CAPTION: Farmer's Son. Lambari, Brazil, 2010. IG: I made this portrait of a farmer's son in Lambari, Brazil. I spent several days with this family who for generations grew coffee. 2/7/2017 A farmer's son in his father's truck, Lambari, Brazil, 2010. - From These Hands (pg.39) final print_Monza PORTRAITS_APP retouched_Sonny Fabbri 11/07/2017 From These Hands. A Journey Along the Coffee Trail. Phaidon Press Limited.
Lambari, Brazil, 08/2010

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction,
the cement that binds closer together, and 
the music that brings harmony.
– Eva Burrows