Fusion: The Synergy of Images and Words

 Bentota, Sri Lanka
Goa, 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.


Ever since Gutenberg invented the printing press which enabled
everyone access to books, artists have tried to portray the
relationship of readers and books.


Garrett Stewart’s book, The Look of Reading:
Book, Painting, Text, explores the relationship of
reading and art.He points out that a wide array of artists from
Rembrandt to Picasso and Cassatt

and dozens more,over the past 500 years
have painted people reading and the “look of reading” on the subjects’ faces.

Rome, Italy
Chiang Mai, Thailand

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

Istanbul, Turkey

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

Mumbai, India

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

 Ujjain, India

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

Umbria, Italy
Lourdes, France

Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind;
it forces you to stretch your own.
– Charles Scribner

Rome, Italy
Venice, Italy

When I get a little money I buy books, 
and if any is left I buy food and clothes. 
 – Erasmus

Istanbul, Turkey

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!
– Emily Dickinson



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By Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

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34 replies on “Fusion: The Synergy of Images and Words”

It is nice to have a friend that understands the way things are. And to keep a good friend is for you to lean how to let go.

Reading is my favorite hobby and pastime. It is wonderful to see it being so important around the world. Now I have a five year old daughter learning to read and it is wonderful

Thank you Stevebhai.
You always choose a freat theme and its is accompanied by outstanding photograps and quotes.

I’m putting down my phone and picking up a book. Thank you for the moving photos and words.

I love this. I am about to tutor for reading, spelling and writing. I love books and children. Inspiring!

You constantly amaze me with your photos. I hesitate to even call them photos, they are more soulful like music and poetry. You have been able to communicate most directly to the soul, through the eye of the camera.

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