Steve McCurry. Reading is a tribute to the readers that the great American photographer has portrayed in every corner of the world in over forty years of career.
Curated by Biba Giacchetti and, for the literary contributions by Roberto Cotroneo, journalist and writer, the exhibition presents 65 photographs that portray people from all over the world, absorbed in the intimate and universal act of reading: people captured by McCurry's lens that reveals the power inherent in this action, its ability to transport in imagined worlds, in memories, in the present, in the past and in the future and in the mind of man. The contexts are the most varied: the places of prayer in Turkey, the streets of the markets in Italy, from the noises of India to the silences of East Asia, from Afghanistan to Cuba, from Africa to the United States. Vibrant and intense images, which document moments of quiet during which people immerse themselves in books, newspapers, magazines. Young or old, rich or poor, religious or lay: for anyone and everywhere there is a time for reading.
The photographs pay homage to the written word and are accompanied by a series of literary passages chosen by Roberto Cotroneo: in a sort of parallel path, a counterpoint of words dedicated to reading alongside McCurry's shots, involving the visitor in an intimate and direct relationship. with reading and images.
The exhibition is completed by the Reading McCurry section, dedicated to books published since 1985 with photos by Steve McCurry, many of which translated into various languages: 15 are exhibited, some now unavailable, along with the most recent, including the volume published by Mondadori which inspired the realization of this exhibition. All the books are accompanied by the photos used for the covers, which are often the icons that have made him famous all over the world.