A photograph can say more than a thousand words ever can. We put together a few of the most affecting photos we could find, taken in all corners of the world. There’s not a single one that will leave you feeling indifferent. They’re all so full of love, humour, kindness, suffering, beauty, courage — in short, all the things we encounter in this life.
When dreams come true
Love which defies description
Mothers are the same everywhere
A parent’s level of patience is eternal…Almost
Do what your heart tells you, let everyone else think what they want
The sweetest kiss in the world
The pain of loss
One good deed a day
Meeting someone you never hoped to see
A former prisoner of war returns home after the end of the Second World War. His daughter last saw him when she was just one year old.
A two-year-old boy, the son of refugees fleeing from conflict, is passed through a barbed wire fence to safety during the war in Kosovo.
A trial for the spirit
A firefighter gives a drink to a koala during a drought which caused huge forest fires in Australia, 2009.
Friends always show you which is the right road to take
It doesn’t matter whose side you’re on
Empathy is more important than victory
She dreamed of this until she was 88
This elderly couple got married 88 years ago, but at the time they had no wedding outfits, nor any photos taken. Finally, they were able to achieve their dream after all those decades together.