Thailand

Thailand

Photographer Steve McCurry has managed to beautifully capture the serene moments of people simply reading, all over the world. His photos cross both cultural and socioeconomic boundaries. His personal favorite of his collection is a photo of a young Thai man reading a book while nestled up to the back of an elephant, shot in 2013. Among the images posted online are photos of an Indian taxi driver on the trunk of his car, another of an Afghan shopkeeper reading in his modest stall, and one of monks in contemplation with their Bibles.

McCurry is always on the hunt for the “unguarded moment,” that slice of time that reveals something personal and honest. “Reading offers a time for contemplation. Even in Afghanistan, where life is not easy, you notice people in unlikely circumstances reading,” he says. “I have a picture of a man in a manhole -– he was using it as a bomb shelter between air raids — who was reading the book. Reading is something any literate person is drawn to do and it becomes a part of your life. It’s just one of the things that connects us all together, that reminds us that we’re all the same.”

Yemen

Yemen

Afghanistan

Afghanistan

To see more of McCurry's amazing work, check out his gallery or visit the original source for this blog post. 

Afghanistan

Afghanistan

Original article written by: Gabriela Badica

Source: Gorgeous photographs of people reading around the world

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