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Reading Around The World
August 23, 2010 7:29 AM   Subscribe

A photo essay by Steve McCurry of people reading books all over the world.
posted by Fuzzy Monster (17 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
That was way more awesome than I expected.
posted by DU at 7:41 AM on August 23, 2010


We need to get those people some e-readers, STAT! They look far too quaint and adorable.
posted by phunniemee at 7:42 AM on August 23, 2010


I really like this one-- Elephants? What elephants? I'm reading!
posted by shakespeherian at 7:44 AM on August 23, 2010


Team Reading Books in the building.
posted by penduluum at 7:44 AM on August 23, 2010


I don't want to damn with faint praise, because the photos are nice. McCurry's blog doesn't make it clear, but I am assuming these are all his images, taken over at least a nearly 30 year period (the Afghan boys are dated 1982). Surely these were shots he found on the way to finding other shots, and they do show that Reading Is Fundamental.
posted by beelzbubba at 7:47 AM on August 23, 2010


Are Buddhist monks usually that ripped?
posted by theodolite at 7:49 AM on August 23, 2010


Lovely photos to brighten up a dreary Monday--thanks!
posted by Go Banana at 7:50 AM on August 23, 2010


It's interesting that all of the readers except for two were men. Are there more men out reading in public in general or are they just more photogenic?
posted by Alison at 7:58 AM on August 23, 2010


Are Buddhist monks usually that ripped?

Not sure about Burmese Buddhists specifically (as seem to be pictured based on the filename), but perhaps you've heard of Shaolin?
posted by kmz at 8:01 AM on August 23, 2010


the man known as Dr. Bookworm to his neighbors looks up from his beat-up, bestickered Linux running Acer Aspire netbook reading, says, "Oh." and goes back to semi-rhythmically tapping his spacebar
posted by Samizdata at 8:01 AM on August 23, 2010


He then rereads his previous post, realizes he left out a word, says "oh." then inserts the word "One" in-between Aspire and netbook
posted by Samizdata at 8:02 AM on August 23, 2010


Fascinating blog – I went to an exhibition of McCurry's photographs in Birmingham (UK) a few weeks ago; it's amazing that one person could take so many awesome pictures. If I could take just one as good as his, I'd die a happy person.

(It's also quite interesting that he enjoys playing Spider Solitaire and uses MS Paint)
posted by mattn at 8:57 AM on August 23, 2010


Steve McCurry has taken so many photographs that he can randomly choose any human activity and be able to come up with a photo essay from picking stuff out of his archives.

People riding bicycles. Check.
People playing soccer. Check.
People riding bicycles while reading and playing soccer. Probably check.
posted by ianK at 9:00 AM on August 23, 2010


Not sure if there was already a post about this, but Steve McCurry was given the very last roll of Kodakchrome to travel around the world and take photos.
posted by infinitefloatingbrains at 10:20 AM on August 23, 2010


I love that elephant so much.
posted by Songdog at 11:27 AM on August 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Unfortunately the banal subject matter of the photoessay doesn't make up for the quality of the images for me.
posted by Ross Merriam at 12:06 PM on August 23, 2010


Elementary librarians have a different standard for banality. I adored them.
posted by ancientgower at 6:19 PM on August 23, 2010


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