To Fly

To read is to fly:
it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view
over  wide terrains of history,

human variety, ideas, shared experience and the
fruits of many inquiries.

- A. C. Grayling

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road.
They are the destination, and the journey.
They are home.
- Anna Quindlen


Germany

India 

Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something,
learned something, become a better person.
Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on…
Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.
- Nora Ephron

India

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.

Thailand

India

Reading a good book is a universal activity, and people read while they do
just about everything else, and that includes reading while playing the
piano, which my sister used to do.

Sri Lanka

At one magical instant in your early childhood,
the page of a book–that string of confused, alien ciphers–shivered into meaning.
Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened.
You became, irrevocably, a reader.
- Alberto Manguel

Burma

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly,
into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Lourdes, France

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;

they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the
most patient of teachers. 
- Charles William Eliot

Italy

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
- James Russell Lowell

India

We read to know we are not alone. 
- C.S. Lewis

Tibet

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
- Jorge Luis Borges

China

Books, I found, had the power to make time stand still,
retreat or fly into the future.
- Jim Bishop

Thailand


That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book,

and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will
lead you onto a third book. It’s geometrically progressive
- all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.
― Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

India

Kashmir

Korea

We live for books.
-Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose 

Canada

Turkey

Afghanistan

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
- Victor Hugo

Italy 

Yemen

I’m old-fashioned and think that reading books is the
most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised.
- Wisława Szymborska
1996 Nobel Prize in Literature

India

Cuba

Japan

The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
- Rene Descartes

178 Responses to “To Fly”

  1. […] fotografia do jornalista Steve Mc Curry’s em seu blog, visitem é muito bom, relata em partes o que eu vi, e se em outros lugares do mundo é comum […]

  2. It is never different, not one single time. Every time I look at photographs shot by you feel choked and on the verge of tears. They are such stunning work of art! End up feeling so frustrated at my own limitations and lack of imagination, then get up again to try in my very small way. Thanks for showing the world through your lens, to me (and I’m sure to many thousands more) you are no less than God!

  3. Reblogged this on Readers at Large and commented:
    If you love reading, and you haven’t already seen this, please take a couple minutes to read this posting from Steve McCurry’s Blog. It is well worth it.

  4. [...] Photography Steve McCurry has some great photo collections, including this one on reading. [...]

  5. Nice to watch you do the two most interesting things in life, take pictures and read but do it together.

  6. [...] Les envío la página de una entrada titulada FLY (Volar).  Tiene una fotografías increíbles tomadas a personas de diferentes partes del mundo LEYENDO. También tiene pensamientos (en inglés) sobre lo importante que es la lectura. En uno de esos pensamientos compara la lectura con la posibilidad de volar. Me encantó ver cómo la lectura está al alcance se todos, por muy humildes o apartados que sean los lugares. http://stevemccurry.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/to-fly/ [...]

  7. A universal joy, is reading. To picture it is to show our commonality…..except when I came to the eyes of the girls in the Afghan school…..then I cried…

    To read is to have freedom…the freedom to think, the freedom to grow into a whole person, the freedom of self expression, the freedom to come to a decision…freedom

    This post speaks of self determination, thank you Steve McCurry.

  8. I love to take pictures and I love to read. Here you have put these two dedications stunningly together. Wonderful and inspiring!

  9. Wow, these are amazing pictures. What an adventure to experience all of this through your eyes. Thank you Steve!

  10. Pat Gough Says:

    Reading is food for the mind

  11. Reading is to the infinite wisdom, the picture says so much more!
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. Wow truly amazing, brilliant. thankyou for sharing what I feel in my heart about books. Nice to see others are warmed by the sharing as well.

  13. Reblogged this on susies♥heartpathblog and commented:
    Hello Friends♥
    “To read is to fly………………” I just had to share this amazing post by Steve McCurry with you……..I am very touched by everything about it…so brilliant and beautiful………Drink deeply! LOVE Susie♥

  14. Reblogged this on Love Conquers All Things. and commented:
    My newfound quote : Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
    – James Russell Lowell
    It’s wonderful to know that no matter race, gender, culture, or religion we all have something in common….. reading!

  15. Incredible collection of reading photos and quotes. I will return to this post again and again as a photographer, writer and reader.

  16. I met a horse, which led to photographs, which led to a book, and the book gave me the chance to fly…..I love this post..

  17. Anonymous Says:

    Absolutely beautiful, will share with my book club, wish there were some pics of people reading in some African countries

  18. [...] To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over  wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries. – A. C. Grayling …  [...]

  19. [...] more photos of reading and writing around the world on Steve McCurry’s blog.                         [...]

  20. [...] (typeof(addthis_share) == "undefined"){ addthis_share = [];}I love this blog post by photographer, Steve McCurry, which features people from around the world engaged in reading. These beautiful pictures emphasize [...]

  21. Gail Barnard Says:

    This is a case of excellent quotation selection….but ….the pictures themselves speak just as eloquently. A piece to be viewed over and over.

  22. Sheila A. Izmirian-Rader Says:

    I have read since I was 5 years old and cannot go a day without this “call it obsession, habit , etc.,” that has transformed my life into a “me” that is curious about other ideas, lives, environments that has made me into a more “whole” person. I have traveled the world with my books and am the richer for it.

  23. Wow, so beautifuly put in words and pictures!

  24. [...] over the world, and he’s paired them with quotes about the joy of reading.  Check out his blog for the full series. Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailPrintLike this:LikeBe the first to like [...]

  25. they stay in my subconscious and I end up copying you

  26. I teach 6th grade reading and am going to share this link on my website. Totally inspiring!

  27. Simply amazing and breathtaking–would love to see more of kids reading. Than you for sharing

  28. www.sandrabornstein.com Says:

    Awesome! You captured the essence of each quote with a remarkable picture. What a great way to encourage reading.

  29. [...] Steve McCurry's project, To Fly, photographs of people from around the world reading books…h/t to Andrew Sullivan at The [...]

  30. [...] each of these images has a counter image with a [...]

  31. Reblogged this on highwayofthought and commented:
    so perfectly great that it needed reblogging

  32. No right words to describe these beautiful photos ! Incredible feelings !

  33. Wonderful! Thank you for the emotion you give me with this post and specially with this photos.

  34. [...] To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over  wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries. – A. C. Grayling …  [...]

  35. [...] To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over  wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries. – A. C. Grayling …  [...]

  36. [...] on stevemccurry.wordpress.com Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like [...]

  37. Crystal Says:

    How great!… Thank you for your sharing

  38. Thanks for sharing these breathtaking pictures and soul searching quotes. Keep it coming…

  39. Reblogged this on It's Crow Time and commented:
    I keep coming back to this post it is the most beautiful celebration of the joy of reading I have ever seen!

  40. rajeev jain india Says:

    as beautiful pictures as inseparable quotations thanks – rajeev jain india

  41. A book is a treasure, and only this way should be treated…

  42. Loved the quotes and the pictures! Thanks for the inspiration..

  43. i really love this post. thank you for sharing it.

  44. Wonderful shots, thank you for sharing
    all pics were nice and each pics saying something

  45. Beautiful serene images,thank you for sharing them.

  46. [...] ソース:To Fly ≪ Steve McCurry’s Blog あらゆる本が面白く読める方法―万能の読書術Amazon.co.jp で詳しく見るビジネスマンのための「読書力」養成講座 (ディスカヴァー携書)読書力 (岩波新書)読書のチカラ読書術 (岩波現代文庫)法則の法則―成功は「引き寄せ」られるか [...]

  47. Anonymous Says:

    I love these pictures and quotes! Is it possible to save these and have as a slide show on my computer at work as a school librarian?

  48. So beautiful…thank you.

  49. Truly amazing collection of picture…a very innovative thought of capturing people reading.

  50. Reblogged this on Book to the Future and commented:
    Fantastic post from: http://stevemccurry.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/to-fly/#comment-13549
    that needed reblogging for you guys.

  51. Fantastic, I have to reblog this. Thankyou for sharing!

  52. [...] McCurry’s gorgeous images of people from all around the world enjoying a good book/newspaper! Check out his blog to see more of his work! Enjoy! Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrLike this:LikeBe the first to like this. This entry was [...]

  53. These are so inspiring! Simply gorgeous. I love how you capture the essence of the everyday.

  54. Reblogged this on The United States of K. and commented:
    THIS:
    “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;
    they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the
    most patient of teachers.
    - Charles William Eliot”

  55. Reblogged this on Minaretmuse and commented:
    A gallery of photos by one of my favourite photographers, on the theme of one of my favourite things. Enjoy.

  56. [...] June 1985 – but he has continued to produce a remarkable body work. He latest effort on his blog is a series of photos of people reading in various settings around the world. Add in the quotes [...]

  57. Reblogged this on thoughtsofabekar and commented:
    I felt butterflies in my stomach when I stumbled across this. that’s what reading does to me; it excites me. Knowing that people in different places all over the world enjoy it as much as I do, is just amazing.

  58. [...] lezen en fotografie gemakkelijk samengaan laat Magnum fotograaf Steve McCurry  zien in zijn blogbericht To Fly. Een prachtige combinatie van mooie foto’s van lezende mensen wereldwijd met daaronder [...]

  59. [...] and his recent post is full of delight…Please click the quote below to enjoy the images…Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, …Filed Under: Uncategorized Leave a Comment « My, My, My…Body On Monsters Beneath the [...]

  60. [...] wonder of literature in any language. American photojournalist Steve McCurry posted these on his blog. He is known for his famous photograph “Afghan [...]

  61. jackiemorrisartist Says:

    Beautiful. Thank you.

  62. [...] американского фотокорреспондента Стива Маккарри (Steve McCurry) за его знаменитую фотографию «Афганская девочка”, [...]

  63. [...] in any language. Click through to see some of our favorite photographs, and then head over to his blog to check out even more shots — they’re all truly [...]

  64. In this day and age of electronic enthusiasm, a wonderful reminder of why reading a good book is a beautiful thing.

  65. [...] Steve McCurry has an Awesome Blog @ Steve McCurry [...]

  66. I love this collection of images – and the quote ‘I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library’ made me smile. What a wonderful thought. Thank you for collecting these images with such patience. As usual your framing is spot on!

  67. Connie Jensen Says:

    In every image, the people do not seem to be aware of the photographer’s presence, so engrossed are they in their books. Beautifully done!

  68. Awesome captures!

  69. Anonymous Says:

    books are the only means that make us feel and share. one can never feel alone if one has the ability to read and write. as a teacher i feel myself divine to be among books and all. thanks for such inspiring pictures.

  70. [...] To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over  wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries. – A. C. Grayling …  [...]

  71. [...] McCurry posts some beautiful pictures of people reading from all over the world. The long list for the 2012 Man Booker Prize is announced, featuring [...]

  72. Reblogged this on Foremotive and commented:
    To love reading is to never feel loneliness. Teaching my daughter how to read is the biggest gift I could ever give her.

  73. Vindya Fernando Says:

    Not only U ,but I’m also blessed to have eyes…. to see this “Wonderful” photography indeed, thanks for sharing them with us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. You tell a story so perfectly. Please continue to amaze us.

  75. Anonymous Says:

    [...] که تا به حال چند بار از او در یک پزشک یاد کرده‌ام، در یکی از تازه‌ترین پست‌های وبلاگش، عکس‌هایی از مردم مناطق مختلف دنیا در حال مطالعه [...]

  76. Danile Says:

    appreciate your posts as always! thanks.

  77. Albetina Says:

    thanks for the great post!

  78. [...] via: Steve McCurry’s blog [...]

  79. Great images! Images that are becoming history.

    For better or worse, more and more people today hold, instead of books, iPads, iPhones or other mobile electronic devices in their hands.

  80. Benete Says:

    this blog rocks!

  81. Great post! I love how you have themed posts too… that’s a great idea to organize photos also (by theme/subject matter)..

  82. Great post, great idea, great quotes.
    Thank you very much for sharing.

  83. yilmaz taimaz Says:

    thnx
    we all need …… to read (._.)

  84. hi nice post. i’m glad i found your blog.

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  86. [...] که تا به حال چند بار از او در یک پزشک یاد کرده‌ام، در یکی از تازه‌ترین پست‌های وبلاگش، عکس‌هایی از مردم مناطق مختلف دنیا در حال مطالعه [...]

  87. Alísia Says:

    i love reading through your blog, thank you for sharing with us.

  88. Anonymous Says:

    Pure emotions..

  89. Anonymous Says:

    Hello there, I love your blog stevemccurry.wordpress.com . Is there something I can do to receive updates like a subscription or some thing? I am sorry I’m not acquainted with RSS?

  90. Deuvanira Says:

    i visit your website everyday

  91. i’m going to bookmark you here so i will be able to read at your new articles whenever i want. thanks for helping.http://www.gschwab.com

  92. Birgit Hahm, Germany Says:

    Danke, danke für die inspirierenden, wundervollen Fotografien. Wie ist es nur möglich, so viel Liebe in ein Foto zu transportieren???

  93. Anonymous Says:

    great post!

  94. Fantastic theme! Your photos connect the world.

  95. Anonymous Says:

    As always… inspirational !!

  96. please keep the good and creative ideas coming.

  97. Andira Says:

    thanks for sharing such lovely stuff…

  98. Ciciane Says:

    good post.

  99. Lesley Bookout Says:

    I love this about reading. I want to share it on Facebook!

  100. i can only compliment you for the good job you have been doing in this blog, congratulations and keep it coming.

  101. TAPAN K GHOSH Says:

    Great Pictures of various moods of readers in different environments. I notice that the ordinary man on the street is the main protagonist. I think this holds true in most societies that give value to reading!

  102. wow…it’s really good blog thanks for sharing.

  103. Fantastic this blog. Reading and books are my world.
    Thank’s

  104. Elmides Says:

    best post…

  105. awesome blog to read…i enjoyed reading. keep posting.http://www.dilampsa.com

  106. Anonymous Says:

    Photos and words have a “Je ne sais quoi,”

  107. awesome photography…i’m also started learning…find love from people…inspiration for my photography too…https://www.facebook.com/pages/CosmosRover/111525772258088

  108. Corrado Says:

    Meravigliose!!!

  109. evamiller10 Says:

    Preciosas fotos y preciosos textos

  110. Well done!
    Great images!!

  111. luca ponteggi Says:

    all your photos is a true piece of art.

  112. Creusa Says:

    thanks for such a great post. i am totally impressed!

  113. Wonderful pictures… and the subject touches me a lot

  114. love, love, love

  115. Sandra Leandro Says:

    ESPETACULAR…

  116. Your photos never cease to amaze. Do you shoot to a theme or just search through your archive to display a theme. Great work.

  117. Reblogged this on Mark Cowlin Photographer and commented:
    Words and pictures; gifts.

  118. Aimê Says:

    Your website is so organized, and your posts are always common sense, congratulations.

  119. Superb…. Reading is everything to me… xv

  120. Steve,
    This is a wonderful theme with great photos. I must admit that my favorite is the one done in Germany which just made me smile. It’s so intimate and strong. Am looking forward to the next posting.

  121. Marco De Rossi Says:

    Wonderful. Great emotions from everyday life.

  122. it’s true!
    thank you for sharing :-)

  123. Thank you Steve!
    These pictures are amazing, just like the posts before all were. I love the themes you choose, the manyfoldedness, the technical perfectionism.
    And yesterday you posted just on my birthday! A very special gift for me! THANK YOU!
    Continue like this, you are able to embellish a day in just a couple of minutes!
    Kati

  124. Belas fotos ! Excelente trabalho !

  125. Supratik Ghatak Says:

    If books are fountain of knowledge, Steve’s photographs are fountain of joy. Thanks for sharing.

  126. BRAVO!!! It’s a wonderful combination of words and pictures

  127. SMITHA Says:

    Awesome!!

  128. eklektike Says:

    Reblogged this on eklektike and commented:
    Qualcosa di bello: la lettura attraverso l’obiettivo di Steve McCurry.
    Buon lunedì ;)

  129. Laura Carraro Says:

    Le tue foto raccontano, le tue foto si leggono. Grazie

  130. Dear Steve,
    I am an avid follower of your photography.Your works give me inspiration to do better & better.Please keep posting ,so that many photographers like me can learn about what the photography should be,—– how to capture the true flavor of a particular place/people—the realistic play of light & shadow—true color reproduction—real documentation of human life——in a nut shell a great package of photo-journalism. HATS OF TO YOU

  131. Anonymous Says:

    Steve McCurry is the best. I admire him as a man and a photographer.

  132. Reblogged this on lisettearevalo and commented:
    Steve McCurry, being amazing as always.

  133. Anonymous Says:

    Great work … I love those photos

  134. Shahnaz parvin Says:

    great work always ..

  135. …beautiful… thanks for the inspiration! g* http://www.umlungu.me

  136. Like I told you earlier also that you are the only one who can display numbers of images from different part of the globe of any kind of them ! Another excellent collection Steve !

  137. To read outdoors, surrounded by, taking in, and considering the portable, printed word-visions of another. Riches of the highest order, me thinks!

  138. flor jimenez Says:

    excellent photos. you really touched me.

  139. samareshbiswal Says:

    wow

  140. Anonymous Says:

    Many like….

  141. A truly lovely essay —

  142. Amy Selwyn Says:

    Amazing.

  143. Great job Steve

  144. una belleza! gracias!

  145. Andrea Says:

    These images make me feel as if I am connected with those that culturally may be different from me … but perhaps I read the same book as they did once, making us connected through the art of writing. Enjoying a good book/writing is cross cultural. I like that concept. Just as a novel unfolds a story to its reader, Steve McCurry’s photographs reveal a story to each viewer.

  146. Maravillosas fotografías, gracias por compartirlas. Ver una buena fotografía te embarga de una vivencia muy especial vibras, te transporta al lugar, … Leer es uno de los placeres más deliciosos.Te sumerges a un mundo donde tienes una serie de vivencias ,fantasías y te involucras .

  147. daniela Says:

    ..books and photos… are the life I’ll never have…. thank you !

  148. Anonymous Says:

    Beautiful!

  149. What a beautiful and touching post. Even a non-lover of reading will be affected by these images and quotes. Thank you. Z

  150. Beautiful photographs and words…as always…still. Thank you, again.

  151. Anonymous Says:

    LOve them.

  152. Varlice Says:

    As I said before, you’re blessed.

  153. Wonderful shots, thank you for sharing

  154. they stay in my subconscious and I end up copying you…

  155. Delight upon delight…

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