Photographer Captures the Beauty of Motherhood From 50 Countries Across the World–and It’s Amazing

Photographer Captures the Beauty of Motherhood From 50 Countries Across the World–and It’s Amazing
(Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
Jenni Julander
3/2/2021
Updated:
3/14/2021

One remarkable photographer is capturing the beauty and wonder of motherhood—along with the hearts of we the viewers—by taking some extraordinary portraits of mother and child from all parts of the world.

Mihaela Noroc, a Romanian photographer, is known for her photographs of 500 women from over 50 different countries. She created the top-selling book “Atlas of Beauty," while backpacking across the globe with her camera.

Now, her latest collection focuses on the bond between mothers and children from a rich spectrum of cultures throughout the world—from Kathmandu, to the Andes Mountains in Peru, to New York City.

KATHMANDU, NEPAL, "A Hindu mother and her boy" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
KATHMANDU, NEPAL, "A Hindu mother and her boy" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
TEHRAN, IRAN, "Leila and her son Abtin" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
TEHRAN, IRAN, "Leila and her son Abtin" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)

Of the bond between mother and child, Mihaela shared with The Epoch Times: “There’s always an intimate chemistry between them. And there’s always so much beauty and kindness in these special moments.”

It was during her travels that the photographer noticed something unique about mothers in every country.

“There are so many differences between the cultures of the world when it comes to raising a baby. The way a newborn is fed, carried, or educated is never the same,” she said. “But what’s [most] similar all over the world is the intense love of a mother.”

Before long, she realized that she wanted to capture this “universal feeling” in her photography. And capture it she has.

MILAN, ITALY, "The daughter, Caterina, is a ballerina and her biggest supporter is her mother, Barbara" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
MILAN, ITALY, "The daughter, Caterina, is a ballerina and her biggest supporter is her mother, Barbara" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
NEAR REYKJAVIK, ICELAND, "Andrea, an adventure guide, and her son Benjamin" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
NEAR REYKJAVIK, ICELAND, "Andrea, an adventure guide, and her son Benjamin" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)

In her collection of photographs, from 6 continents and 28 countries, she has immortalized the deep love between mother and child.

By capturing these photos, Mihaela says she hopes to prove that a mother’s love knows no bounds, and that this truism prevails in all corners of the world.

“I think the mother’s love is the most intense feeling that exists,” she explained. “And we must talk more about it, we must show it more often in mass media because it can be a cure for all the hate and negativity that surrounds us today.”

ANDES MOUNTAINS, PERU, "Juliana and her son Alex" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
ANDES MOUNTAINS, PERU, "Juliana and her son Alex" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
TOKYO, JAPAN, "Shiori and her seven months daughter, Kanade" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
TOKYO, JAPAN, "Shiori and her seven months daughter, Kanade" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)

Mihaela added that her own journey of motherhood also served as an inspiration.

This particular project has helped her grow closer to her daughter, Natalia, who traveled the world with her for the last two years.

“Traveling with my little daughter in all corners of the world is both challenging and amazing,” she said. “There are [many] more stories waiting to be discovered and now, as a mother, I feel an even stronger desire to bring my small contribution in making this world a better place for future generations.”

NEW YORK, USA, "Jenny and her daughter Lily were having a walk around the neighborhood" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
NEW YORK, USA, "Jenny and her daughter Lily were having a walk around the neighborhood" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, "Mother and her daughters" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, "Mother and her daughters" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
BAHIR DAR, ETHIOPIA, "Ethiopian mother and son" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
BAHIR DAR, ETHIOPIA, "Ethiopian mother and son" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
REFUGEE CAMP, GREECE, "This mother and her daughters fled the war in Syria" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
REFUGEE CAMP, GREECE, "This mother and her daughters fled the war in Syria" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
GUANGZHOU, CHINA, "She was on the way to the hospital to give birth" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
GUANGZHOU, CHINA, "She was on the way to the hospital to give birth" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
CHISINAU, MOLDOVA, "Ina and her one month baby" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
CHISINAU, MOLDOVA, "Ina and her one month baby" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
BALI, INDONESIA, "Mother teaching her daughter a traditional dance" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
BALI, INDONESIA, "Mother teaching her daughter a traditional dance" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
SAN ANTONIO AGUAS CALIENTES, GUATEMALA, "The mother created all these splendid outfits" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
SAN ANTONIO AGUAS CALIENTES, GUATEMALA, "The mother created all these splendid outfits" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
BERLIN, GERMANY, "Masha, who’s Ukranian, and her son Gasper" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
BERLIN, GERMANY, "Masha, who’s Ukranian, and her son Gasper" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
OSH, KYRGYSZTAN, "Mother and son." (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
OSH, KYRGYSZTAN, "Mother and son." (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
BUCHAREST, ROMANIA, "Carmen and her daughters, Ranya and Zara" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
BUCHAREST, ROMANIA, "Carmen and her daughters, Ranya and Zara" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, "Rachelle told me: 'We are resting after a long day at work’" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, "Rachelle told me: 'We are resting after a long day at work’" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
KATHMANDU, NEPAL, "Upasha and her daugher Prayusha" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
KATHMANDU, NEPAL, "Upasha and her daugher Prayusha" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
KOLKATA, INDIA, "Tabassum moved here from Bangladesh in hope of a better life for her daughter." (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
KOLKATA, INDIA, "Tabassum moved here from Bangladesh in hope of a better life for her daughter." (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
NORTHERN VIETNAM, "Gâu and her son Khoi" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
NORTHERN VIETNAM, "Gâu and her son Khoi" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
BERLIN, GERMANY, "Mother and daughter in the park" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
BERLIN, GERMANY, "Mother and daughter in the park" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, "Ans and her daughter, Marloes" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, "Ans and her daughter, Marloes" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
"That’s me and my daughter Natalia" (Courtesy of <a href="https://theatlasofbeauty.com/">Mihaela Noroc</a>)
"That’s me and my daughter Natalia" (Courtesy of Mihaela Noroc)
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