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Steve McCurry : On Reading
by Steve McCurry and Paul Theroux


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A celebration of the timeless act of reading - as seen through the lens of one of the world's most beloved photographers

Young or old, rich or poor, engaged in the sacred or the secular, people everywhere read. This homage to the beauty and seductiveness of reading brings together a collection of photographs taken by Steve McCurry over his nearly four decades of travel and is introduced by award-winning writer, Paul Theroux.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A celebration of the timeless act of reading - as seen through the lens of one of the world's most beloved photographers

Young or old, rich or poor, engaged in the sacred or the secular, people everywhere read. This homage to the beauty and seductiveness of reading brings together a collection of photographs taken by Steve McCurry over his nearly four decades of travel and is introduced by award-winning writer, Paul Theroux. McCurry's mesmerizing images of the universal human act of reading are an acknowledgement of - and a tribute to - the overwhelming power of the written word.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780714871295
  • ISBN-10: 071487129X
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Page Count: 144


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Books > Photography > Individual Photographers - General
Books > Photography > Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-09-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this homage to André Kertész, whose 1971 collection of photographs had the same title, Magnum photographer McCurry (Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs) collects photos, taken over the course of his decades-long career, of people transfixed in the act of reading. The photos feature people young and old, from all walks of life, depicted in drastically different locations across the world, including war zones and beachside resorts, and sitting on many park benches. Some are reading books, others have newspapers and magazines, and theres even an e-reader. The continuity comes from the act of readinga seemingly subtle, often solitary activityemboldened by the obliviousness of each reader to the surroundings. One prime example taken in what looks like an art galley in Foligno, Italy, features the feet of a large-scale sculpture of a skeleton in the forefront with a woman reading a magazine off to the side. Travel writer Paul Theroux contributes an insightfully autobiographicalif somewhat ramblingforeword in which he reflects on literacy around the world through his own travels. Other than short captions stating location, the photos are given no outside context and the order in which they appear is open to interpretation. With little to no text to preoccupy readers, its clear that McCurry wants viewers to reflect on the act of reading rather than engage in it. Color photos. (Oct.)

 
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