Reading should belong to everyone, but often we only think of how books relate to ourselves. Steve McCurry is working to bridge that gap and show how much reading can connect disparate people.
McCurry, one of the leaders in modern photography, has published a series of images called “On Reading”. He compiled the series from his almost four decades of traveling, and each image depicts a reader from somewhere around the world.
I’ve shared a few of my favorites below. They include readers from Tibet, Mandalay, Yemen, Ethiopia, and other places.
If you are interested in seeing more, you can check out Steve McCurry’s website or purchase a published version of the “On Reading” collection via Amazon. McCurry has done great work through his photography and through his nonprofit, ImagineAsia, which works to provide education resources and opportunities to children in Afghanistan. If his images speak to you, I suggest you find out more.
With the start of a new year and new chances, it is comforting to know that books still connect us no matter where we live.
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Image Attribution: All images borrowed from Steve McCurry’s website, http://stevemccurry.com/galleries/reading-0?view=grid, accessed 30 December 2016.