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Fusion: The Synergy of Images and Words Part II

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2010 by stevemccurry

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Rieti, Italy, 2006

 

We are familiar with words describing images, but not so familiar with images describing words and the impact reading has on our lives.

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Los Angeles, California, USA, 1992

For as long as people have read books, artists have tried to portray the relationship of a reader and his/her book.

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Kabul, Afghanistan, 2003

 

No matter where I go in the world, I see people immersed in books.  It doesn’t matter if they are rich or poor, young or old, they find comfort, information, distraction, and inspiration between the covers of their books.

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Kandze, Tibet, 2002

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Los Angeles, California

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Sri Lanka, 1995

 

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Kuwait City, Kuwait, 1991

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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma, 2010

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Tibet, 2001

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Afghanistan, 1992

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Afghanistan, 1984

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Kunduz, Afghanistan, 2002

 

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”

– Jorge Luis Borges

Fusion: The Synergy of Images and Words

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2010 by stevemccurry

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Ever since Gutenberg invented the printing press which enabled everyone to read books, artists have tried to portray the relationship of a reader and his/her book.

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Garrett Stewart’s book, The Look of Reading: Book, Painting, Text, explores the relationship of reading and art.

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We are familiar with words describing images, but not so familiar with images describing words and the impact reading has on our lives.

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Artists from Rembrandt to Picasso have explored the interaction of people with their books.

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Everywhere I go in the world, I see young and old, rich and poor, reading books.   Whether readers are engaged in the sacred or the secular, they are, for a time, transported to  another world.

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Reading a good book is a universal activity, and people read while they do just about everything else.

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Susan Sontag said, “The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality…” The same can be said for reading books

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“When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.”   — Erasmus

Pirating and Plagiarizing

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2010 by stevemccurry

The concept of intellectual property should be a no-brainer, but we see examples of theft all too often.

Travel companies, government agencies, and even airlines use my pictures without permission.

Not too long ago, a photographer submitted some pictures to a German magazine that published a group of what the magazine thought were her photos.  Someone saw the pictures and realized that they were actually  my photographs.

I have taken out the name of the magazine because they have already apologized, but it is amazing that someone could think they could get away with submitting my pictures as their own.  I never received an apology from the photographer who stole the pictures.

On a building in Seoul, South Korea, 2009

 

The concept of intellectual property should be a no-brainer, but I guess there will always be people who use the work of others to promote their own companies or careers.  I appreciate the folks around the world who let me know when they see my work being pirated or plagiarized and let us know.

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