An Intimate Look at Impoverished Homes Around the World


Renowned photographer Steve McCurry takes us on an insightful journey, sharing the varied definitions of “home” from around the world in his series titled Where We Live. The world-traveling photojournalist focuses primarily on the most impoverished and grief-stricken areas where people have made their humble abodes a home. Despite the poor conditions of their weathered and rundown residences, each of the families in this portrait series represent an alternate, more heartfelt interpretation of what “home” means. Their houses and locations may not be ideal, but they are home, making the best of their situation with their loved ones.

In McCurry's blog, the images are accompanied by a series of quotes extracted from literature and scripture that reinforce the project's message. One such quote includes the words of novelist Robin Hobb who explains her definition of what a home truly means. It reads: “Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more.”


Sri Lanka


Peshawar, Pakistan

Jodhpur, India



L'Aquila, Italy

Qala-e Sabzi, Afghanistan

Cape Town, South Africa

Jodhpur, India



Kabul, Afghanistan

Shigatse, Tibet

Manila, Philippines


Kabul, Afghanistan



Steve McCurry website


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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