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One Magical Instant

Rome, Italy

At one magical instant 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

New York, New York, USA

William Wegman, an artist and photographer, has been photographing his Weimaraners for over forty years.

India

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

Yangon, Myanmar
Hong Kong, China

A great book that comes from a great
thinker is a ship of thought,
deep freighted with truth and beauty.

– Pablo Neruda

Havana, Cuba
Afghanistan

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

India

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

Bencota, Sri Lanka
Rome, Italy
Serbia
Gujarat, 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

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
New York City, New York
South Korea

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

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Havana, Cuba
Lambari, Brazil
Kashmir

Signed posters are available at stevemccurry.com/posters

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.

To read more about Steve go to www.stevemccurry.com/bio

21 replies on “One Magical Instant”

Absolutely wonderful, Steve. I am in my mid 70’s, and yet I remember the first book I was able to read from cover to cover, when I was just a kid. It was a truly sublime moment in my life and changed it forever. I have read more books than I can count on more subjects than I can enumerate. They are the key to our past, present and future & you have expressed it so well with your images and quotes. You are a phenomenon.

THE photo of young elephant leaning on man reading immediately brought to mind….”Leaning into body of a lover long gone I miss terribly…If I could be with you I would be THE ‘Elephant-in-the-room!!!!’”

This series is close to my heart. Reading has such a profound effect on our soul and mind. Power found from the pages is incomparable with anything. Love how people had immersed them in their favorite reading amidst so many situations of life where some situations are leisure, quality time and some are challenging. Phenomenal works Sir! ❤🙏🏻🙏🏻

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